NDLS Hosts Roundtable on Patent Law

NDLS will host a Junior Patent Roundtable on Friday, April 1, with senior scholars discussing with junior scholars several of their research pieces in the field of patent law. The roundtable will include four sessions, each devoted to one research paper with commentary and discussion to follow.

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NDLS Prepares for the Annual Father Mike Variety Show

Notre Dame students, faculty and administrators are gearing up for a night of fun to honor the memory of Rev. Michael Dillon McCafferty at the annual Father Mike Variety Show.

Father McCafferty was the assistant dean of Notre Dame Law School when he died at the age of 40 in 1987 of lymphatic cancer.

The show, organized by the Law School’s Student Bar Association, takes place on Wednesday, March 23, at Legends of Notre Dame Restaurant and Alehouse. As one of the largest Law School fundraisers, in the form of an auction and talent show, proceeds generated by ticket sales and auction items will be allocated toward scholarships. Tickets will be available in the Commons from Monday – Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm for cash only, and in the SBA

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Amazing Experiences While Building Lifelong Friendships

By Laura Zell, ’15 J.D.

Congratulations on your acceptance to Notre Dame Law School! My name is Laura Zell and I graduated last May. When applying to law school I had no idea where I eventually wanted to work, which is why Notre Dame’s strong national reputation and alumni network stood out to me from the start. After visiting campus on Admitted Student’s Weekend, I was sold.…

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Jim Aviles, ’82, and Milena de Goes Establish LL.M. Fellowship for Brasilian Students with $1 Million Gift to Notre Dame Law School

On Friday, March 11, Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., proudly announced a $1 million gift from 1982 alumnus Jim Aviles and Milena de Goes. The gift will support Brasilian students seeking an LL.M. degree from the Law School. Law School Dean Nell Jessup Newton offered thanks to Aviles and Goes noting “this beautiful gift strengthens our LL.M. program and allows us, in the Notre Dame tradition, to form lawyers who will be a part of the authentic development of the rule of law in Brasil. We could not be more thrilled.”

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Land, Energy, and Environmental Law

By Professor John Nagle

The Law School’s program of study in Land, Energy, and Environmental Law enables students to study and experience how the law governs the natural world of which we are a part. It features courses, guest speakers, externships, and other opportunities to consider topics ranging from the redevelopment of vacant houses in the local community of South Bend to the effects of China’s energy production on climate change.…

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Meet Anthony Kroese, 2L

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., Anthony Kroese earned his bachelor of arts in political science from Canisius College in 2014. As a fellow for the Admissions Office, Kroese will be present at many Admitted Student Weekend events this weekend.

I asked Kroese to reflect on his experiences at NDLS.

Why did you chose NDLS

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A Judicial Perspective: Q&A with Randall T. Shepard, Former Indiana Supreme Court Justice

Randall T. Shepard, Indiana’s longest-serving Supreme Court Chief Justice, recently visited Notre Dame’s London Law Center to teach a course on judicial process. Shepard was invited to lead the half-semester, one-credit course as a Clynes Distinguished Visiting Jurist. The now-retired chief has had an extensive career that encompasses titles such as legal author, law professor, historic preservationist, and arts supporter.

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NDLS Student Groups Host Panel on Immigration Law

Three immigration attorneys visited Notre Dame Law School recently for a panel discussion on various immigration issues and challenges. The panel included Aimee Heitz, Directing Attorney at Indiana Legal Services, Inc., Immigrants’ and Language Rights Center, Michael Durham, ’01 J.D., solo practitioner at Durham Immigration Law, and Rudy Monterrosa, ’01 J.D., solo practitioner at Monterrosa Law Group and adjunct professor of immigration law at NDLS

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ND Law Students Help Asylum Seekers Find Refuge

Esli, a 16-year-old from El Salvador, and his mother Emely, won the right to asylum in the United States, with the help of two Notre Dame Law Students.

Stephanie Torres and Christina Shakour, both 3Ls, helped provide Esli and his mother with free legal assistance through their work in Notre Dame Law School’s National Immigrant Justice Center Externship program.…

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Visiting Scholar Graeme Dinwoodie Connects with Students During NDLS Visit

Graeme Dinwoodie, professor of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law at the University of Oxford, recently spent the week at Notre Dame Law School as a visiting scholar. While on campus Dinwoodie was a guest lecturer in Professor Mark McKenna’s Trademarks and Unfair Competition class, and presented his research, Territoriality and Trademarks: Lessons from (and for?) the European Union, to faculty.

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Meet 2016 Thomas L. Shaffer Public Interest Fellow Ashlyn Anderson-Keelin, 3L

Originally from Owensboro, Ky., Anderson-Keelin earned her bachelor of arts in English literature and political science from Georgetown College in 2012. Anderson-Keelin was recently selected as one of the 2016 Thomas L. Shaffer Public Interest Fellows. After graduation she will work with Catholic Charities Legal Network of the Archdiocese of Washington to facilitate the expansion of legal services into Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland where nearly 10 percent of their populations live below the poverty line.

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A year in London (and beyond!)

Carlene Miller, 2L

I decided to apply to Notre Dame Law – and ultimately accepted my admission offer – because of the Notre Dame Law in London program. I had spent two of my undergraduate summers in London, and I had never anticipated that I would be able to return to the city that I love during law school. The Notre Dame London Law Centre affords a completely unique and valuable experience that other law schools simply do not provide.…

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Two NDLA Board Members, Brian Bates, ’79 BA, ’86 J.D. and Maureen Reidy Witt, ’80 J.D. Receive Awards Presented by the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Colorado


On February, 25th, 2016, the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Colorado presented Brian Bates, ’79 BA, ’86 JD with the St. Thomas More Award and Maureen Reidy Witt, ’80 JD with the Lifetime Achievement Award. This marks the first year that both the Guild’s honorees were graduates of Notre Dame.

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