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ND Expert: SCOTUS upholds healthcare, ignores partisan intimidation

Richard Garnett

The U.S. Supreme Court today largely upheld the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature health care law, as predicted by University of Notre Dame Associate Dean and Law Professor Richard W. Garnett, a past clerk to former Chief Justice William Rehnquist and an expert on constitutional-law and religious-freedom matters.

The court decided that the “individual mandate,” which requires Americans to either purchase health insurance or pay a fine, effectively functions as a tax and is therefore constitutionally permissible.

“While the individual mandate survived its constitutional challenges, the sweeping assertions of regulatory power made by many of the act’s supporters did not,” Garnett says. “As the chief justice wrote, ‘the framers created a federal government of limited powers and assigned to this court the duty of enforcing those limits. The court does so today.’

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Jane Simon listed in Top 50 Law Professors on Twitter

simon news Legal Writing Professor Jane Simon made the list at number 29 of Top 50 Law Professors on Twitter by WorldWideLearn web site. The top law professors dominate the Twitter-verse, either through the wit, volume or audience. Criteria for selection for this list include the quality of the tweets, the number of followers and the most active users.

29. Jane Simon, @LawWriter, Notre Dame University. This legal writing prof and frequent Tweeter posts interesting tidbits on legal topics and much more. Extracurricular interests run to sports and new media. > Read More

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New Notre Dame Fellows Work to Aid Immigrants and Low-Income Residents

students_nd_fellows_2012_news Kelly Jentzen Thompson, J.D. ’12, of Arlington, Virginia, and Rachel Odio, J.D. ’12, of Costa Rica will be spending the next two years serving as the Law School’s 2012 Notre Dame Fellows in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, California.

Highly competitive, the Notre Dame Fellowship award requires applicants to develop and propose a two-year public interest program to be implemented with a host agency and a willing supervising attorney. Funded entirely by the law school’s benefactors, the Fellowship pays the Fellows’ salaries and employer-provided health and other benefits for two years.

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Judge Ann Claire Williams, J.D. '75, Receives 2012 Sorin Award

Anne Williams The 2012 Rev. Edward Frederick Sorin, C.S.C. Award was recently presented to Judge Ann Claire Williams. She is the first judge of color appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the third woman of color to serve on any U.S. court of appeals. Before that appointment, Williams served on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. At 35, she was the youngest woman of color ever appointed to the federal bench.

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Professor Carozza Named Director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies

carozza Vice President and Associate Provost J. Nicholas Entrikin has appointed Professor Paolo Carozza to be the Director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

A specialist in comparative law, international law, and human rights, and with expertise in both Latin America and Europe, Carozza has wide experience with the complex interdisciplinary issues that Kellogg Institute scholars engage in their work. As a member and then President of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights from 2006 to 2010, Carozza has also been extensively involved in the practical work of addressing the abuses of past political regimes and fostering the conditions for democratic governance throughout the hemisphere. At Notre Dame Law School, he is the founding director of the innovative, interdisciplinary Program on Law and Human Development and directs the Doctorate of Juridical Science (J.S.D.) program. Recently he was appointed Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR), which was founded by Fr. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. in 1973.

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NDLS Professors Discuss Religious Liberty Lawsuit

Rick Garnett fall08 news Major television news outlets have interviewed Professor Richard W. Garnett and Professor Carter Snead about the University of Notre Dame’s lawsuit challenging an HHS mandate on religious liberty grounds.

Professor Snead appeared on CNN. Professor Garnett appeared on MSNBC, where he was interviewed by Thomas Roberts, on the Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Sustern,” and on the Geraldo Rivera Show on Talk Radio 790 KABC.

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ND Expert: Religious liberty lawsuit to 'vindicate constitutional commitments'

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Today, the University of Notre Dame, along with a diverse group of universities and schools, health care providers and social welfare agencies, filed federal lawsuits challenging the Obama administration’s rule that requires many religious employers to provide coverage to their employees for sterilization, contraception and some abortion-causing drugs.

The lawsuits are efforts to “vindicate the country’s constitutional and traditional commitments to religious freedom and pluralism,” according to University of Notre Dame Law Professor Richard W. Garnett, whose teaching and scholarly research focus on constitutional law and religious freedom matters.

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Adrienne de la Rosa Awarded Peter Lardy Memorial Fellowship

lardy2012_news Adrienne M. de la Rosa has been awarded the Peter Lardy Memorial Fellowship for the 2012-13 academic year. Dedicated by the Class of 1975 to the memory of Peter A.R. Lardy and “those who exemplify his Courage, Love, and Understanding toward his fellow man,” the fellowship includes a $20,000 tuition remission for the recipient’s third year of law school.

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3L Brian Michel Argues Miranda Case Before the Seventh Circuit

student_brian_michel_story NDLS student Brian Michel recently argued a Miranda violation case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Brian was selected for the honor after competing for an NDLS Moot Court Board position as part of the NDLS Moot Court program. The Moot Court program, which coordinates intramural and intercollegiate competitions in its appellate, trial, and international divisions, is run by NDLS students and overseen by Legal Writing Program Director Christine Venter.

“My client had been convicted of first-degree murder under the accountability theory, and sentenced to 28 years for his role in a Chicago shooting,” Michel said.

“His argument throughout trial was that the police refused to provide him with access to counsel. On appeal, we took the position that the Illinois Appellate Court had failed to look at the totality of the circumstances surrounding my client’s confession when it refused to believe his claims that he had repeatedly requested counsel during his seventeen-hour interrogation.

“Personally, I saw my involvement in this case as the highlight of my time at Notre Dame. It was rewarding to defend my client’s basic right to an attorney, a right which is so crucial to a fair criminal justice system.”

An audio file of Michel’s oral argument in Lawrence Coleman v. Marcus Hardy is available on the Seventh Circuit’s website. > Read More

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