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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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Prof. Lloyd Mayer was quoted on WLWT.com on Tea Party Activist Concerned About IRS Questions

mayer news Tea Party Activist Concerned About IRS Questions
WLWT.com
“What the IRS is trying to do is figure out how much of their activity is about supporting or opposing candidates,” said Lloyd Hitoski Mayer, associate dean at Notre Dame Law School. “Whether that’s an appropriate question depends on whether the IRS had information that he’s connected to the group that’s applying.”

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Prof. Doug Cassel quoted in LA Times and CNN.com on Accused 9/11 plotters to appear in Guantanamo Bay court

cassel_news Accused 9/11 plotters to appear in Guantanamo Bay court
Los Angeles Times
“The administration claims that its military commission rules have now been improved to ensure a fair and credible trial,” Douglass Cassel, a University of Notre Dame law professor and humanitarian law expert, said this week.

Will a military trial of the 9/11 suspects be credible?
CNN.com
Douglass Cassel is a Notre Dame presidential fellow and professor of law at the University of Notre Dame. He has filed briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the rights of prisoners at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and accountability for human rights violations under the Alien Tort Claims Act.

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Scholars Gather for Intellectual Property Roundtable at NDLS

justifying_intellectual_property Leading IP scholars from across the country gathered at NDLS on April 27 for a roundtable on Professor Robert P. Merges’s 2011 book Justifying Intellectual Property.

The all-day conference was organized by NDLS Professor Mark P. McKenna. In addition to Professor McKenna, speakers included professors Barton Beebe (NYU), Oren Bracha (Texas), Eric Claeys (George Mason), Abraham Drassinower (Toronto), Shubha Ghosh (Wisconsin), Daniel B. Kelly, Brian Lee (Brooklyn); Margaret Radin (Michigan); Carol Rose (Arizona/Yale); Dave Schwartz (Chicago-Kent), Avishalom Tor, and Zahr Said (Washington).

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Justice Marta Cartabia to Deliver Clynes Chair in Judicial Ethics Lecture

marta_cartabia Justice Marta Cartabia, a member of the Constitutional Court of Italy and a former Constitutional Law Professor at Milano Bicocca University, will deliver a lecture on “Toward a New European Model of Constitutional Adjudication?” at 4:30 p.m. April 26 in Eck Hall of Law Room 1140.

Justice Cartabia is the only woman among the members of the Consulta, the third woman to become a member in the history of the Court, and one of the youngest judges ever appointed. She is also serving as the Clynes Chair in Judicial Ethics at Notre Dame Law School.

A reception will follow the lecture in Eck Commons.

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NY Times Columnist Ross Douthat Discusses New Book at NDLS

ross_douthat_news Ross Douthat spoke at NDLS on April 25th to the Federalist Society on his new book, “Bad Religion, How We Became a Nation of Heretics."

Ross Douthat is the youngest opinion columnist in the history of the New York Times, has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, GQ, Slate, and currently writes movie reviews for The National Journal. He is a regular on The Colbert Report and Charlie Rose, and has written three books, the third of which will be the subject of his talk on Wednesday.

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The Hon. Richard A. Posner and Yale Professor Roberta Romano To Speak at NDLS

law_economics_symposium_web The Notre Dame Law & Economics Program is presenting a symposium on “Markets & Regulation in the 21st Century” with featured guests Professor Roberta Romano (Yale Law School) and Judge Richard A. Posner (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; University of Chicago Law School).

The April 20 program will begin at 2:00 p.m. in Eck Hall 1130 when Professor Romano will present her paper, “For Diversity in the International Regulation of Financial Institutions: Rethinking the Basel Architecture.” Then, at 3:30 p.m., Judge Posner will present his paper, “The Nirvana Fallacy Revisited.”

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Prof. Nagle quoted in The Atlantic on Evangelicals and Environmentalists

nagle news Greening for God: Evangelicals Learn to Love Earth Day
The Atlantic
It may take years before Christianity’s anti-environmentalist streak entirely disappears. Among older evangelicals, there is still a lingering suspicion toward scientists in general and mainstream environmentalists in particular. In the meantime, evangelicals are creating their own distinctive way of caring for the planet — a brand that may purposefully avoid the term “environmentalism,” says John Nagle, a Notre Dame law professor who studies environmental views within Christian circles.

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Prof. Joseph Bauer guest on NPR on E-Book Price Fixing

Joe Bauer news The Justice Department is suing publishers and Apple for price fixing in the e-book market. Three publishers — Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins and Hachette — decided to settle the suit. But Apple — along with publishing companies Macmillan and Penguin — plan to fight the allegations. Prof. Bauer’s portion begins about 2 minutes into the program. Listen

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