When most people frame the debate about regulating marijuana for recreational or medical use, they only consider two options: legalize the drug or ban it. But Robert Mikos, professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School, argued this week that there are actually a variety of options between the two extremes. At a Notre Dame Law School forum, he questioned evaluating the stigma and punishment doled out to low-level marijuana users and expanding the types of conditions permitted for medical use.…
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Notre Dame Law School is pleased to announce the generous donation from alumna JoAnn Chávez, ’86, ’90, J.D., to establish the Chávez Family Law Fellowship to benefit Hispanic students at Notre Dame Law School.
The Notre Dame Black Law Students Association (BLSA) will host a one-day academic retreat Saturday with the Midwest Regional BLSA. The day will focus on mock trial preparation, stress management and networking.
Some of the world’s leading copyright experts will meet on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 to discuss Abraham Drassinower’s provocative new book, What’s Wrong with Copying? Drassinower is the Legal, Ethical, and Cultural Implications of Technological Innovation Chair at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. The discussion is being hosted by Notre Dame Law School’s Law and Market Behavior research program (LAMB).
Trial lawyer Patrick Salvi Sr., ’78 J.D., has scored many 8-figure outcomes over the course of his 37-year career, but a $17.9-million Cook County jury verdict in March of this year will always hold special significance for him. That’s because the winning three-member trial team in that case was an all-Salvi affair of NDLS alums.
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.
The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced the appointment of Notre Dame Law School Professor Judith L. Fox to its Consumer Advisory Board. After being nominated by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, Fox was appointed to the board along with 11 other external experts, industry representatives, consumers, community leaders and advocates.
The agreements announced in Havana today between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) could bring to an end that country’s 51-year war. The parties have now committed to an immediate, bilateral cease fire and to sign a final peace agreement within six months; the FARC have committed to disarm within 60 days thereafter, and both sides have agreed to provisions on justice for war crimes. The announcement also comes as particularly happy news to Douglass Cassel, professor of law and adviser to the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR), who had played a crucial role in the peace talks.
Growing up in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, an area historically inhabited by working class Irish immigrants, Mary Yu, ’93 J.D., wasn’t afforded the opportunity of seeing many people who looked like her in positions of power or significant influence, she told Notre Dame Law students this week. The daughter of a Mexican farm worker and Chinese factory employee, Yu was born at a time when minorities and women were completely devoid on high court judge rosters.
Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu, ‘93, will meet with students on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, to discuss her career path and clerkship opportunities. Justice Yu is on campus at the request of the Asian Law Students Association and University of Notre Dame Law School.
In early June, Michael Hagerty, ‘13 J.D., a staff attorney with Public Counsel, a non-profit legal aid firm in Los Angeles, was in Visalia for the first time to represent a client in the Tulare County Probate Court. On that day a crucial guardianship hearing was set to take place—one that Hagerty knew was likely to determine the ultimate fate of his client’s immigration case. Though the process is complex, Hagerty knew that a favorable decision that day meant his client would likely get his green card eventually. A negative decision could very well have meant removal from the United States.
August 24, 2015
Welcome back to NDLS! Each August I like to take a few moments to give you a brief overview of the new people, programs, and opportunities you will be encountering in the coming year.
First, I am delighted to announce that once again two Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States…
A key aspect of Orientation Weekend at Notre Dame Law School is the service projects students participate in at various local community service organizations. This year, more than 150 students washed vehicles, pulled weeds, painted, and more at 14 local non-profits.
During the week of Aug. 15, California Supreme Court Associate Justice Carol A. Corrigan will serve as the Judge James J. Clynes, Jr. Visiting Chair in the Ethics of Litigation Within the Judicial Process. Justice Corrigan will teach in the Intensive Trial Advocacy program.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will hold a conversation with Notre Dame law students Wednesday, September 2, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom. She will talk with students about a variety of issues in the conversation moderated by Jennifer Mason McAward, associate professor of law and acting director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Douglass Cassel, Professor of Law and advisor to the Center for Civil and Human Rights, has been named by the Colombian government to a high-level bilateral working group (subcomisión) on justice.
Shashan DeYoung knew the odds were against her to attend law school. As an African American single mom to twins, she realized her chances for success in law school might be lower than many of her classmates. But she was determined. “Statistically I am not expected to succeed,” she said. “I knew a program like ICLEO would give me the support I needed and would boost my experience, knowledge and confidence.” This summer, Notre Dame Law School hosted DeYoung and 18 other students as Fellows of the Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity (ICLEO) at its Summer Institute Program.
Despite the stormy weather in New York City June 16, more than 170 Notre Dame Lawyers turned out for the 5th Annual NDL-NYC Reception held at the beautiful Union League Club.
Amelia Yowell, J.D. ’11, has been selected as the 2015-2016 Supreme Court Fellow assigned to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.
When Alisa Finelli, JD ’15, learned that she had won the national Pro Bono Award from the Super Lawyers rating service, she was grateful for the recognition the prize would bring to the Volunteer Lawyer Network, whose director, Mark J. Torma, ND ’97, had nominated her for the prize.
Graduating Notre Dame Law students were honored today at the first annual “Prize Day” with awards for activities ranging from academic performance to service to the Notre Dame and greater community.
Anthony J. Bellia Jr., O’Toole Professor of Constitutional Law at Notre Dame Law School and recipient of the 2015 Law School Distinguished Teaching Award, will address the graduates at Notre Dame Law School’s 2015 Commencement ceremonies on May 16.
A two-day conference begins tomorrow at Notre Dame University London Law Center with more than 25 experts exploring the financing of terrorism and strategies to combat terrorism, with a keen focus on ISIS.
Katie Jo Luningham, 3L, has been named a Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Award Winner, one of the highest national awards for student legal writing. Her paper Resisting Rulemaking: Challenging the Montana Settlement’s Title IX Sexual Harassment Blueprint, was published last year in the Notre Dame Law Review.
The Notre Dame Law School’s Program on Church, State, and Society sponsored an opportunity for four students to travel to Italy over spring break to participate in the Fondazione Studium Generale Marcianum Moot Court Competition on Law and Religion in Venice. The competition brought together law students from the United States and Europe to argue a case on religious accommodation, and examine issues of religious freedom through a comparative lens.
Professor Richard Garnett has been appointed as The Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Corporation Professor of Law.
Nine students were awarded public interest summer scholarships from the Women’s Legal Forum, Asian Law Student’s Association, and the Environmental Law Society. Seven scholarships were funded by the Women’s Legal Forum with proceeds from the Fr. Mike Show Feb. 25. Two other scholarships are funded by the Asian Law Student’s Association and the Environmental Law Society. The scholarships will help fund the students’ public interest positions in various cities his summer.
The Law School’s AAJ national team advanced to the final four of the American Association of Justice National Student Trial Advocacy Competition in Pittsburgh this past weekend. In due course, Notre Dame’s Miguel Contreras, Erin Kauffman, Jonathan Mahoney and Adam Zamora defeated the national teams from Belmont, Syracuse, Washington, and Massachusetts before losing a split decision to George Mason. (Stetson University ultimately defeated George Mason to win the competition.)
Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland, will have a conversation with the Notre Dame Law School Community titled The Real "Fighting Irish:” Is Peace Here to Stay? Professor Doug Cassel, former Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights and Notre Dame Presidential Fellow, will moderate the conversation at 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the McCartan Courtroom in Eck Hall of Law. A reception will follow at 5:00 p.m. in Eck Commons.