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1L Friendsgiving is at 6:00 p.m. in the Commons.


Associate Dean Randy Kozel develops a theory of precedent in new book

In the American legal system, it’s a generally accepted view that judges should not disrupt the decisions of their predecessors unless they have a compelling reason to do so. The principle is known by the Latin phrase stare decisis – “to stand by things decided.” The goal is to preserve the law’s core without permanently entrenching every judicial mistake.

The key question is: When should judges break from precedent? After all, even Supreme Court justices disagree about the role of precedent in particular cases.

David Pruitt joins ND Law School as Clinical Law Center director

David Pruitt is the new program director for the Notre Dame Clinical Law Center.

Pruitt brings almost two decades of experience as a practicing attorney to the position. Most recently, he was a partner in the litigation department at Barnes & Thornburg in South Bend. He concentrated on commercial and intellectual property litigation and represented clients in state and federal courts throughout the country.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

1L Workshop: MAXimizing Your Financial Future


Location: 1130 Eck Hall of Law

Research shows that habit creation and ultimate goal achievement is optimized when you know your triggers and your motivations. Join this workshop to take the first step toward making better financial decisions now – and in the future. Through this workshop you will: 1) Learn how to identify and evaluate your own financial decision-making behaviors; 2) Understand how your financial behaviors impact strategies for your short- and long-term financial goals; 3) Examine law school specific examples of your upcoming financial decisions; and 4) Start thinking strategically about actions you can take to mitigate cost/risk and/or enhance potential opportunities. Walk away with your list of next steps and how to access all the resources provided by the MAX

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Suing the Government Is A Growth Industry: How to Make the Most From Your Law Degree (And Your Life) with a Career in Public-Interest Law: A Conversation with the Institute for Justice


Location: 1140 Eck Hall of Law

Sometimes law students are told they have two options: a miserable life earning decent money at a law firm, or a rewarding job coupled with a vow of poverty. This isn’t true. On Tuesday, October 3, Bob McNamara, a Senior Attorney with the Institute for Justice, will discuss his public-interest career and steps you can take to have a career at IJ. Matt Curtis, a 2L who spent his last summer working at IJ in DC, will speak about his summer experience. The Institute for Justice, the nation’s leading libertarian public-interest law firm, offers the best of both worlds: cutting-edge constitutional litigation on issues that actually matter to real people, combined with competitive pay. Sound interesting? Learn what steps you can take to put yourself on a path to litigating the kind of cases you read about in the newspaper and your casebooks.…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Antitrust Implications of Horizontal Shareholdings


Location: 2130 Eck Hall of Law, Faculty Meeting Room

We will have a panel on “The Antitrust Implications of Horizontal Shareholdings” focusing on the recent work of Einer Elhauge, Petrie Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, on this hot topic at the intersection of corporate governance and antitrust law.

With comments and contributions from:
Jonathan Baker, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Public Interest Month Event: Careers in Public Defense


Location: 1310 Biolchini

Are you interested in pursuing a career in public defense? From state public defender offices to Federal Defender offices to appellate defense work, there are many different opportunities to pursue a career in public defense. Erin Gallaghar Barnhart, a Federal Defender in the Capital Habeas Unit of the Federal Public Defender’s office in Columbus, Ohio is going to be joining us to speak about her work representing death-row inmates in federal habeas litigation and also state clemency work. Additionally, public defenders working in state public defender offices will be joining us on the panel.…

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Faculty Blogs

Opinio Juris Contributor: Roger Alford

Kluwer Arbitration Blog Contributor: Roger Alford

Sports Law Blog Contributor: Ed Edmonds

Mirror of Justice Contributor: Rick Garnett

Prawfsblawg Contributor: Rick Garnett

Nonprofit Law Prof Blog Contributor: Lloyd Mayer

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

Adams on Contract Drafting by Ken Adams

Notice and Comment Blog Contributor: Bruce Huber