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High-Tech Border Checks Blow Spies’ Cover

In “the old days,” as one put it — that would be before 9/11 — deep-cover CIA operatives could use and discard false passports like hand wipes.Now the increasing deployment...

The Death Spiral of America's Big Law Firms

This month, the legal industry has been fixated on the gathering storm clouds around Dewey & LeBouef. The issue is not so much whether Dewey is in trouble — that...

American Universities Infected by Foreign Spies

Efforts by foreign countries to penetrate universities have increased in the past five years. The FBI and academia are working together to combat the threat. Placing academics at U.S. research...

Gulf Seafood Deformities Alarm Scientists

Along with collapsing fisheries, signs of malignant impact on the regional ecosystem are ominous: horribly mutated shrimp, fish with oozing sores, underdeveloped blue crabs lacking claws, eyeless crabs and shrimp....

Lenders Again Dealing Credit to Risky Clients

Consumer advocates and lawyers worry that the financial institutions are again preying on the most vulnerable and least financially sophisticated borrowers.Some former banking regulators said they worried that this kind...

Spears' Fiance to take Legal Control

Under the arrangement, Trawick, 40, will have legal control over Spears – including decisions concerning her health, clothing and food.Jamie Spears will continue to oversee his daughter’s multimillion-dollar fortune. He...

Law Could Hamper Drug Tourism in the Netherlands

Amsterdam’s days as a destination for hazy holidays may be numbered. Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s right-wing coalition government is pushing to sharply restrict the operations of the coffee shops and...

New York Yoga Studios Face Sales Tax

The New York Department of Taxation and Finance decided that yoga studios fall into a category of businesses — specifically weight control or health salons — that must pay the...

Sen. Durbin Targets Private Student Loan Defaults

A top Senate Democrat took aim at the private student-loan industry Tuesday, calling for new rules that would allow educational debts to be wiped away during bankruptcy. “It is clear...

6th Circuit: Tobacco health labels constitutional

A U.S. law requiring large graphic health warnings on cigarette packaging and advertising does not violate the free speech rights of tobacco companies, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday....
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World Class: London alumni recount summer abroad.

It was “a once in a lifetime experience,” Australian law student Chloe Donjerkovich recounts. Last summer, Chloe and 33 other law students from around the world embarked upon Notre Dame...

Professor O’Connell Speaks on Drone Warfare

Professor Mary Ellen O’Connell is giving two talks next week on the legal and ethical issues raised by drone warfare. One will take place at the "Ethics of Assassination" symposium...

Indiana Court of Appeals Argument

April 2, 2012McCartan Court RoomEck Hall of Law3:30 p.m.There will be a Q & A with the judges after the arguments, then a reception in Eck Commons at approximately 5:00.Panel...

A Man of Many Firsts: John H.A. Whitman

John H.A. Whitman first stepped onto the campus of Notre Dame in 1918 when he was hired to teach American literature and Latin in the prep school. But, the Law...

When Living in Limbo Avoids Living on the Street

Judith Fox has changed the advice she gives defaulting clients. “Three or four years ago, I would always tell clients, ‘You have three or four months to get yourself together,’...

It's tough out there

National Law Journal published their annual report on the 50 law schools that the top 250 law firms relied upon the most to fill their first-year associate classes during 2011....

Trademark board just says no to 'CrackBerry'

A trademark appeal board has denied registration to four trademark applications for the term “CrackBerry” for different types of goods and services, ruling that the marks would dilute Research in...