Notre Dame Law School kicks off sesquicentennial

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The first law class at Notre Dame was held on February 1, 1869, which makes this year Notre Dame Law School’s sesquicentennial.

The Law School community kicked off the celebration during the first week of February with a series of events and giveaways for students, faculty, and staff.

The week began on Sunday, February 3, with Mass in St. Thomas More Chapel, followed by a community dinner in Eck Commons. The week closed on Friday, February 8, with Notre Dame Law students, faculty, and staff fanning out across South Bend to volunteer at local nonprofit organizations.

Dinner Merch Lunch

The photos above show, from left, the sesquicentennial kickoff dinner on February 3, an assortment of free Notre Dame Law merchandise for students, and the all-school lunch on February 6 for students, faculty, and staff.

Dean Cole IntroductionG. Marcus Cole is introduced to Notre Dame Law School's faculty and staff on February 6 in the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom. Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame.

Notre Dame Law School's incoming dean, G. Marcus Cole, spoke to faculty and staff on February 6. Cole, a professor at Stanford Law School, will succeed Nell Jessup Newton as the Law School's dean on July 1.

Ninatotenberg02NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, left, speaks with Notre Dame Law Professor and Associate Dean Randy Kozel on February 7 in the Downes Club Ballroom. Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame.

The Law School sponsored “A Conversation with NPR’s Nina Totenberg” on February 7 at the Downes Club Ballroom in Corbett Family Hall. More than 500 people attended the event to hear NPR’s legal affairs correspondent talk about her experiences covering the Supreme Court. Read a recap of the event.

Green Bridge GrowersJan Pilarski, co-founder of Green Bridge Growers, lights candles on a 150th birthday cake for Notre Dame Law School on February 8.

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Center For The Homeless

A group of 50 students, faculty, and staff members spent part of the day on February 8 volunteering at eight nonprofit organizations in the South Bend area. Volunteers sorted and organized donations at the Center for the Homeless, helped with the after-school program at El Campito, worked in the greenhouse at Green Bridge Growers, cut lumber at Habitat for Humanity, served lunch at Hope Ministries, assisted with afternoon activities for seniors at Real Services, stocked the food pantry at the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and painted rooms at United Religious Community.

Notre Dame Law School will continue to celebrate the sesquicentennial throughout 2019, culminating with the Law School’s Homecoming the weekend of September 28.

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