News and Notes

Dean Newton announced Rick Garnett has been appointed as the Schierl/Fort Howard Professor, succeeding the late Bob Rodes who was the first to hold the chair.

Nine students were awarded public interest summer scholarships from the Women’s Legal Forum, Asian Law Student’s Association, and the Environmental Law Society.

Mark McKenna was quoted in the BuzzFeed article 9 Cheeky Weed-Based Logos That Will Get Copyright Lawyers High on April 20.

Rick Garnett was a guest on the Bloomberg Law podcast Laws Over Separation of Church and State on April 16.

Jennifer Mason McAward has become the acting director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Second year student Laura Wolk has been awarded the The Peter Lardy Memorial Fellowship.

Audra Passinault and Jessica Binzoni
Audra Passinault and Jessica Binzoni

Third year students Audra Passinault and Jessica Binzoni have been selected as the 2015 Thomas L. Shaffer Public Interest Fellows. Their fellowships will support two years of public interest work post-graduation. Jessica will work at the National Immigrant Justice Center and Audra will work at the Legal Assistance Foundation, both in Chicago.

Rick Garnett was quoted in the National Catholic Reporter article Bishops call for ‘mutual respect’ in ‘necessary dialogue’ on RFRA on April 1.

Gerry Bradley was quoted in the National Catholic Reporter article Fury Over Indiana’s Religious-Freedom Law Marks Age of Intolerance on April 1.

Rick Garnett was quoted in the USA Today article What the ‘religious freedom’ law really means for Indiana on March 31.

Op-ed Viewpoint: Correcting misimpressions about religious freedom by Rick Garnett was published in the South Bend Tribune on March 26.

Nicole Garnett and Peg Brinig’s book Lost Classroom, Lost Community was reviewed in Fare Forward on March 25.

Rick Garnett was quoted in the WSBT article Local businesses protest Religious Freedom Act with sticker, celeb takes to social media on March 25.

On March 23, Rick Garnett contributed to a Bloomberg Law podcast on Is A Confederate Flag License Plate Free Speech?

Kent Hull has been appointed to the Indiana Civil Rights Commission by Governor Pence.
Kent was quoted in the South Bend Tribune article Bar owner turns away woman’s service dog: ’It’s just a pet’ on March 23.

Congratulations to the AAJ Trial Team winning the 2015 American Association of Justice Regional Competition in Cleveland, OH on March 22. They will be going to the American Association of Justice National Competition in Pittsburg in mid-April! The team is comprised of Miguel Contreras, Adam Zamora, Erin Kauffman, Jonathan Mahoney, Matt Lamb Reggie Bentley, Peter O’Neill and Nicholas Vozzo.

Charlie Rice and Fr. Hesburgh were the subject of the First Things article Hesburgh and Rice.

Notre Dame Journal of Legislation is proud to announce that Veronica Meffe has been elected Editor-in-Chief for Volume 42.

Jay Tidmarsh op-ed article Out of Court, Out of Luck published in U.S. News on March 19.

Bruce Huber presents U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Clean Power Plan tomorrow in Room 123, Nieuwland Science Hall from 3:30 – 4:30.

Judy Fox was quoted in the articles:
Journal Gazette article Mortgage settlements in jeopardy on March 16.
Indianapolis Star article Bill could strip struggling Hoosiers of rights to save homes on March 13.

Listen to Vincent Phillip Muñoz’s OU Presidential Dream Course lecture, “Hobby Lobby, Obamacare and the Future of Religious Freedom.” in the KGOU article Argues In Favor Of Hobby Lobby’s Supreme Court Case.

Rick Garnett had the op-ed Parents’ Beliefs Should Be Honored, Within Reason published in the New York Times on March 10.

Congratulations to Tony Calvano on his election as Editor-in-Chief of Volume 6 of the Notre Dame Journal of International and Comparative Law.


Nine Public Interest Summer Scholarships Awarded

Nine students were awarded public interest summer scholarships from the Women’s Legal Forum, Asian Law Student’s Association, and the Environmental Law Society. Seven scholarships were funded by the Women’s Legal Forum with proceeds from the Fr. Mike Show Feb. 25. Two other scholarships are funded by the Asian Law Student’s Association and the Environmental Law Society. The scholarships will help fund the students’ public interest positions in various cities his summer.

Trial Advocacy Team Wins AAJ Regionals, Advances to Semifinals


The Law School’s AAJ national team advanced to the final four of the American Association of Justice National Student Trial Advocacy Competition in Pittsburgh this past weekend. In due course, Notre Dame’s Miguel Contreras, Erin Kauffman, Jonathan Mahoney and Adam Zamora defeated the national teams from Belmont, Syracuse, Washington, and Massachusetts before losing a split decision to George Mason. (Stetson University ultimately defeated George Mason to win the competition.)

NDLS Events

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Friday, April 24, 2015

My Experience with Networking: An Alumni Perspective


Location: Room 1310

Matt Saur, a 2014 NDLS graduate and current associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City, will be discussing his experiences with networking, job searching, and the skills you need to excel at both. Come and listen to Matt share his experiences and advice for pursuing a successful job search and transitioning to life as a practicing attorney.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

MLSA Speaker and Elections


Location: Room 1310

Group elections for 2015-16 and speaker Polli Pollem from Indiana Legal Services will be coming to speak about opportunities attorneys have to serve veterans and service members, either as practice or pro bono.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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Opinio Juris Contributor: Roger Alford

Kluwer Arbitration Blog Contributor: Roger Alford

Sports Law Blog Contributor: Ed Edmonds

Mirror of Justice Contributor: Rick Garnett

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Nonprofit Law Prof Blog Contributor: Lloyd Mayer

Land Use Prof Blog Contributor: James J. Kelly, Jr.

Adams on Contract Drafting by Ken Adams