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 Professor Trai Lê joined the Law School faculty in 1977, having spent 20 years practicing and teaching law in her native Vietnam. She earned her License en Droit magna cum laude and her Doctorat en Droit summa cum laude from the University of Aix-Marseille in 1953 and 1956, respectively. She also graduated from the Academy of International Law in The Hague in 1953, earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago in 1967, graduated from the International and Comparative Law Center at the Southwestern Legal Foundation in Dallas, Texas, in 1973, and ultimately earned her J.D. from Notre Dame in 1977. Professor Lê began her 40-year teaching career in 1957 as a professor of law at the University of Hue, the second-largest university in Vietnam. She served as the first dean of the university’s law school, after the entire university had been flattened during the 1968 Tet offensive. While a professor at Hue, she also served as visiting professor at the law schools of the University of Saigon and the University of Dalat. The first woman attorney in central Vietnam, Professor Lê also has extensive practical experience in the areas of international law and corporate law. She founded the first international law firm in Vietnam, Tang Thi Thanh Trai & Ta Van Tai, and served as the firm’s senior partner until she came to the United States immediately prior to the fall of Saigon. She translated her decades of experience into the subjects she taught for over 20 years at Notre Dame, including the required course in commercial law, consumer law, international law, international business transactions and immigration law. Professor Lê has played prominent roles in several different organizations. She has been a member of the Central Vietnam Bar Association (1959-62), a board member on the Vietnam Council on Foreign Relations (1969-74), and a member of the board of the Saigon Bar Association (1968-75). She served as advisor to the Vietnam Industrial Management Association (1972-75), and in 1977 became a member of the American Association for the Comparative Study of Law. At Notre Dame, she served on countless University and Law School committees, and advised the Asian Law Students Association and coached the International Moot Court Teams that, under her guidance, won regional competitions on several occasions. Books Protecting Consumer Rights (Shepard’s/McGraw-Hill 1987), annually supplemented. Sales and Credit Transactions Handbook, with Edward J. Murphy (Shepard’s/McGraw Hill 1985), annually supplemented. Cases and Materials on Commercial Paper (Notre Dame Law School 1982). Cases and Materials on Sales and Credit Transactions (Shepard’s/McGraw Hill 1979), annually supplemented. Cases and Materials on International Business (Notre Dame Law School 1978). Book Segments Response to Keith Rosenn’s "A Comparison of Latin American and North American Legal Traditions," in Multinational Managers and Host Government Interactions 153 (Lee A. Tavis ed., University of Notre Dame Press 1998). Articles Are Litigating Attorneys Debt Collectors Under the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act? 1994-95 Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases 219 (1995). The Legal Aspects of Foreign Investment in Vietnam, 1 International Trade and Business Law Journal 45 (1995). The French Legal Profession: A Prisoner of Its Glorious Past? 15 Cornell International Law Journal 63 (1982). Professional Independence and the Associate in a Law Firm: A French Case Study, 29 The American Journal of Comparative Law 647 (1981). The Foreign Investment Code of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, 13 The International Lawyer 329 (1979). Book Reviews 38 American Journal of Comparative Law 717 (1990) (reviewing Ta Van Tai, The Vietnamese Tradition of Human Rights (1998)). 36 American Journal of Comparative Law 810 (1998) (reviewing E. Hooker, The Laws of Southeast Asia, Vol. 1: The Pre-Modern Texts (1998)). 34 American Journal of Comparative Law 802 (1986) (reviewing Les Effets du Contrat dans les Pays du Marche Commun (1985)). 31 American Journal of Comparative Law 738 (1983) (reviewing D. Dreyer, Le Trust en Droit (1983)). Other Patents and Trademarks in Vietnam (First National City Bank (Saigon) 1974). Foreign Investment in Vietnam: Legal and Commercial Considerations (Vietnam Chamber of Commerce 1974).Professor Emerita of Law 
VeronicaRoot1118 Eck Hall of Law 574.631.4766vroot@nd.edu
  • Faculty
  • Full Time Faculty
  • Corporate Compliance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Professional Ethics
Veronica Root writes about and researches issues related to corporate compliance, drawing on scholarship from the areas of professional ethics, corporate governance, employment law, and corporate social responsibility. She investigates the institutional mechanisms that private firms can utilize to (i) improve long-term compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and (ii) strengthen antidiscrimination norms. Professor Root’s research has appeared or is forthcoming in leading law journals, including the Virginia Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, and the Yale Journal on Regulation. Professor Root teaches Corporate Compliance & Ethics, Professional Responsibility, and Contracts. In 2015, the Notre Dame Black Law Students Association presented her with the Charles F. Crutchfield Professorial Award. Before joining the law school faculty, Professor Root was a clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and an attorney at Gibson Dunn in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and Georgetown University. /assets/75237/original/root.jpgLAW 60105 - Contracts LAW 70808 - Professional Responsibility LAW 73127 - Corporate Compliance & Ethics SeminarCoordinating Compliance Incentives, 102 CORNELL LAW REVIEW __ (2017) (forthcoming). Modern-Day Monitorships, 33 YALE JOURNAL ON REGULATION 109-164 (2016) The Monitor-“Client” Relationship, 100 VIRGINIA LAW REVIEW 523-585 (2014). Retaining Color, 47 Mich. J.L. Reform 575-643 (2014).Associate Professor of LawTracy ZielkeVROOT
VickiTrimberger1341 Biolchini Hall of    Administrative Assistant
VincentMunozPhillip217 O’Shaughnessy Hall574.631.0489574.631.4405vmunoz@nd.edu
  • Faculty
  • Affiliated Faculty
  • American Constitutional Law
  • Church & State
Vincent Phillip Muñoz is the Tocqueville Associate Professor of Religion & Public Life in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Muñoz writes and teaches across the fields of constitutional law, American politics, and political philosophy. His recent research has focused on the theme of religious liberty and the American Constitution. His first book, God and the Founders: Madison, Washington, and Jefferson was by Cambridge University Press in 2009. Dr. Muñoz is currently completing a second book, which is on the original meaning of the Constitution's Religion Clauses. Articles from that project have appeared in Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy and University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. Dr. Muñoz has also published articles in American Political Science Review, The Review of Politics, The Wall Street Journal, and The Claremont Review of Books. His media appearances include commentary on Voice of America Radio, Fox News Channel, and Turkish Public Television. He has testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on the matter of "Hostility to Religious Expression in the Public Square." /assets/71738/original/munoz.jpgJournal Articles The Original Meaning of the Free Exercise Clause: The Evidence From the First Congress, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy 31, no. 3, pp. 1083-1120, Spring 2008 The Original Meaning of the Establishment Clause and the Impossibility of its Incorporation University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 8, no. 4, pp. 585-639, August 2006 Thou Shall Not Post the Ten Commandments? McCreary, Van Orden, and the Future of Religious Display Jurisprudence Texas Review of Law And Politics 10, no. 2, pp. 357-400, Spring 2006 James Madison's Principle of Religious Liberty American Political Science Review 97, no. 1, pp. 17-32, February 2003 George Washington and Religious Liberty The Review of Politics 65, no. 1, pp. 11-33, Winter 2003 Religious Liberty and The American Founding The Intercollegiate Review 38, no. 2, pp. 33-43, Spring/Summer 2003Concurrent Associate Professor of Law Associate Professor Department of Political Science
VincentVersagli1153 Eck Hall of
  • Staff
  Vinny Versagli joined Notre Dame Law School as a Career Counselor in 2012. He graduated from Notre Dame in 2005 with a B.B.A. in finance and economics and from Villanova Law School in 2008, where he served as a member of the Villanova Moot Court Board. Before joining the Career Development Office, Vinny practiced as an associate in the Business Department of Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A. in Wilmington, DE. His practice focused on providing advice in commercial transactions on Delaware UCC, alternative entity and corporate law issues.
  • Career Development Office
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  • Faculty
  • Emeriti
  • Legal History
Walter F. “Jack” Pratt, Jr., a noted legal historian, joined the faculty of the Notre Dame Law School in 1986 as an associate professor of law and became a full professor in 1998. He earned his B.A. magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 1968, as a Rhodes Scholar earned his D.Phil. from Oxford University in 1974, and earned his J.D. from Yale in 1977, where he served as the articles and book review editor for the Yale Law Journal. He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he has served as executive associate dean (1999-2005), co-director of the Notre Dame London Law Centre (1988-89), associate dean for academic affairs (1991-98), and faculty advisor to the moot court program (1990-98). He clerked for the Honorable Charles Clark on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1977-78), and for United States Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger (1978-79). He taught at Duke University as an assistant professor (1979-82) and associate professor of law (1982-86), and held a visiting associate professorship of law at Brigham Young University (1984-85). While on a research leave for the 1998-99 academic year, he studied Irish legal history at the law department of the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. His areas of academic interest include legal history, contracts and commercial law. He is a life member of the American Society for Legal History, which he served as secretary/treasurer 2000-2005; he served on the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education’s Law School Administration Committee 2001-2006 (chair 2004-2006); he has chaired the AALS Legal History Section (1991-92) and served as a member of the Student Services Committee of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar (1996-98). He has served on a number of University committees including the Faculty Senate (1987-88 and 1989-91) and the Rhodes/Marshall Scholarship Committee (member 1989-98, chair 1990-98 and 1999-2001). He also served as vice-chair of the Law School’s Appointments Committee from 1990 to 1993. Professor Pratt retired from the law school in 2006. /assets/71760/original/pratt.jpgBooks The Supreme Court of Edward Douglass White, 1910-1921 (University of South Carolina Press 1999). Privacy in Britain (Bucknell University Press 1979). Book Segments A New Vocabulary for a New Constitutional Law: United States v. Carolene Products (1938), in Leading Cases of the Twentieth Century 124 (Dublin, Ireland: Round Hall 2000) North Carolina and the Constitution, 1787-1791, in The South’s Role in the Creation of the Bill of Rights 77 (University Press of Mississippi 1991). Articles American Contract Law at the Turn of the Century, 39 South Carolina Law Review 415 (1988). Law and the Experience of Politics in late Eighteenth-Century North Carolina: North Carolina Considers the Constitution, 22 Wake Forest Law Review 577 (1987). The Struggle for Judicial Independence in Antebellum North Carolina: The Story of Two Judges, 4 Law and History Review 129 (1986). Afterword: Contracts and Uncertainty, 46 Law & Contemporary Problems 169 (1983). Rhetorical Styles on the Fuller Court, 24 The American Journal of Legal History 189 (1980). Judicial Disability and the Good Behavior Clause, 85 Yale Law Journal 706 (1976). The Warren and Brandeis Argument for a Right to Privacy, Public Law 161 (Summer 1975).Professor Emeritus of Law
WarrenRees2311 Biolchini
  • Faculty
  • Library
  • Legal Research
Warren Rees joined the faculty of the Kresge Law Library in 1997 as a librarian. He earned his B.A. from Minnesota Bible College in 1978, his J.D. from Southern Illinois University in 1985 and his A.M.L.S. from the University of Michigan in 1986. Admitted to the Wisconsin Bar in 1985, he has worked as assistant and associate librarian at the University of Minnesota (1986-90), assistant director of the law library at Willamette University (1990-93), associate director of the law library at Gonzaga University (1993-94) and research librarian at Valparaiso University (1994-96). His areas of academic interest include legal research and computer law. He belongs to a number of professional organizations including the American Association of Law Libraries (member since 1985, recruitment committee member 1995-97), the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries (member 1986-90, newsletter editor 1988-90), the Western Pacific Chapter of Law Libraries (member 1990-94, newsletter editor 1991-94), the Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries (member since 1994) and the American Bar Association (member since 1985). /assets/71768/original/rees.jpgLAW60703, Legal Research LAW70207, Advanced Legal ResearchArticles Legal Issues for an Integrated Information Center, in 52 Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science 240 (1993). Book Reviews 7 Law & Inequality 147 (1988) (reviewing James A. Kushner, Government Discrimination: Equal Protection Law and Litigation (1998)). Other Items Human Rights Research on the Internet, Notre Dame Lawyer 45 (Summer 1997).Warren Rees, Research Librarian Renaissance Man - Notre Dame Lawyer, Spring 2008Research LibrarianWREES
WendyNoecker1330 Biolchini
  • Staff
  With primary responsibility for the Admissions Office Information System, Ms. Noecker joined the admissions staff in January 1999. Ms. Noecker shares responsibility for the efficient processing of applications and also is responsible for producing much of the Office’s written communications with prospective applicants as well as a variety of reports for the office.
  • Admissions
Admissions Assistant 
WilliamDwyer1100 Eck Hall of Law574.631.6627    Assistant Adjunct ProfessorRebecca Ward
WilliamGrimmer1100 Eck Hall of
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  • Adjunct
  LAW75709, Trial Advocacy ComprehensiveAdjunct ProfessorWGRIMMER