ND Law Association

The Notre Dame Law Association is open to all attorneys with a Notre Dame degree, whether that degree is from Notre Dame Law School or another University of Notre Dame degree program. Graduates of the Law School are automatically registered as members of the NDLA. Other Notre Dame alumni who want to join the NDLA should contact the Law School’s Alumni Relations Office at 574-631-6891 or lawalum@nd.edu. NDLA members receive regular mailings from the Law School, invitations to events, and access to thousands of Notre Dame lawyers across the country and abroad.

Nancy GargulaNancy Gargula '81 J.D. is president of the Notre Dame Law Association.

Dear Fellow Notre Dame Lawyers,

As we celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Law School’s distinguished record of educating a different kind of lawyer, it is my distinct honor and pleasure to serve as President of our alumni organization, the Notre Dame Law Association (“NDLA”). Every graduate of the Law School is a member of the NDLA and so I invite each of you to join me in the important work we do.

Our Mission is to help the Law School recruit outstanding students, mentor and assist those students as they prepare for their legal careers and secure employment, conduct events that are designed to promote and contribute toward the mutual support of all NDLA members, foster a spirit of solidarity, friendship and dedication among NDLA members and friends of the University and Law School, and advise the Dean and faculty in various areas as requested as the University of Notre Dame Law School educates a different kind of lawyer.

One of the distinctive characteristics of Notre Dame Law School is that its graduates become a part of the “Notre Dame Family.”    As a member of this Notre Dame Family, are you willing to speak with admitted students about the benefits of choosing Notre Dame Law School over their other legal education options?  Will you speak with Notre Dame law students about their interest in practicing law in your location or about private practice, public service, corporate practice or working in the non-profit sector?  Can you make the time to help law students navigate the many areas of practice they have an interest in pursuing, as they prepare to embark on their careers?  Whether you have only a few minutes to spare or can make a bigger time commitment, it is this type of outreach to our students that is highly valued and a key component of the NDLA Mission.

The NDLA, in its efforts to initiate and organize Notre Dame Lawyer Committees in over 30 cities across the country, has embraced all members of the legal profession with Notre Dame degrees and identified this large group as our “Notre Dame Lawyers”. These efforts to grow and connect our Notre Dame Family have successfully resulted in a plethora of activities including continuing legal education seminars, Hesburgh Lectures, Meet and Greet Receptions as well as a variety of social and networking opportunities among admitted students, law students, attorneys and judges. Have you attended a Notre Dame Lawyer committee event in your community?  Are you in a position to host such an event?  Are you interested in helping plan or organize an event in your community?        

I was in this position eight years ago and got involved by helping to organize the Indianapolis Lawyer Committee. For the past eight years, my husband and I have welcomed the Dean, faculty, staff, admitted and current students, and Notre Dame members of the bench and bar in our community to our home for an annual Meet and Greet Reception. What an incredible number of friends and colleagues I have gained from my decision to get involved. I have joined them at CLEs, inspiring Hesburgh Lectures and gatherings welcoming new members to our Notre Dame Family. But probably the most rewarding has been cheering on the talented lawyers I first met as students when they celebrate professional achievements. My willingness to step out and volunteer my time to the Notre Dame Family has brought far greater rewards than I could have imagined, along with valued friendships. There is an entire spectrum of opportunities to help with this key component of the NDLA Mission. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Encourage bright, aspiring students to apply to Notre Dame Law School.
  • Mentor Notre Dame law students during their time at the Law School or, more critically after they graduate
  • Join or start a Notre Dame Lawyer Committee in your community.
  • Become a member of the Order of St. Thomas More

The members of the NDLA are a uniquely accomplished group of individuals with an impressive depth, breadth and diversity of professions. I invite you to join me and the dedicated members of the NDLA Board in carrying out our Mission. Please consider reaching out to your NDLA regional director, the Law School Alumni Program Manager, Tammye Raster, or me if you would like to become involved. And please mark your calendars for October 10, 2020, when the Law School will host its 4th Annual Homecoming Tailgate on the DeBartolo Quad as the Fighting Irish take on Stanford in Notre Dame Stadium. We look forward to seeing you there!

Go Irish!

Nancy Helling Gargula, ‘81JD
President, Notre Dame Law Association