Notre Dame Law Association


The Notre Dame Law Association enjoys membership of more than 8, 000 alumni and friends worldwide. Members are bound by their experiences at Notre Dame and network with students and other NDLA members. Membership is free and open to individuals who are graduates of Notre Dame Law School; graduates of the University of Notre Dame who have graduated from or are faculty members of a Law School other than Notre Dame Law School upon notification to the Law School Alumni Relations Office; faculty of the Notre Dame Law School; members of the Law School Advisory council; or persons with a demonstrated interest in the Notre Dame Law School at the discretion of the Dean or majority vote of the NDLA board of directors.

Members receive regular mailings from the Law School including Notre Dame Lawyer magazine and invitations to NDLA events. To inquire about membership, please contact the Law School Alumni Relations Office at (574) 631-6891 or

Notre Dame Law Association Board

The Notre Dame Law Association Board is a volunteer group of alumni and friends that support the needs of Notre Dame Law School and its efforts to build strong, lasting relationships with its alumni. Board members promote a spirit of solidarity and friendship designed to engage alumni in the Law School community; support mentoring and recruitment efforts of prospective students; counsel current students; sponsor and participate in activities that advance the interest of the University of Notre Dame, recognize talents and contributions of members through an awards program, and encourage annual giving. The board includes:

  • President
  • President-elect
  • Past president
  • Sixteen regional directors
  • Two at-large member, graduated within 10 years
  • Three University constituency members
  • SBA president
  • An international representative and additional student representative may be appointed

Several past presidents and former directors continue to support efforts of the Notre Dame Law Association Board.


The NDLS Community Remembers Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patrick Crooks, ’63 J.D.


Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks, ’63 J.D., passed away on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. He was 77 years old. Justice Crooks served in the Wisconsin judiciary for 39 years, first on the trial court and then on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, to which he was elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2006. Only a week before his death, he announced that he planned to retire on July 31, 2016.

In Memoriam: John H. Leahy, ’59 BA, ’64 J.D.

Double domer, John Leahy passed away on August 19, 2015 after losing a fast-paced battle with cancer. While at Notre Dame, John was the senior football manager and lived in the football stadium during his law school years, locking it up and taking care of the legendary mascot Clashmore Mike. John served in the United States Navy as a commissioned officer and later as a reserve, retiring as a Captain after 30 years. Later he practiced law in both Chicago and California. John then served as a judge in the Superior State Court of California for thirty years. Please view a beautiful tribute to John’s life here.

Leading Scholar of International Art Law, John H. Merryman, ’44 M.S, ’47 J.D. Passes Away

merryman_in_front_of_rivers_of_jewels_2003_smaller_300x260 Photo by Steve Gladfelter.

John Merryman was a world renowned expert in art law, cultural property law, and comparative law. John studied and taught in these areas at Stanford Law School for sixty-two years. John passed away on August 5, 2015 at the age of 95. Stanford Law School posted an article which is a beautiful tribute to this Notre Dame double domer who lived an extraordinary life.

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