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Trial Advocacy Team Wins AAJ Regionals, Advances to Semifinals

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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.)

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The Real "Fighting Irish:” Is Peace Here to Stay?
A Conversation with Former President of Ireland Mary McAleese

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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.

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In memoriam: Drew Ryan Haase, ’06 BA, ’09 J.D.

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The Notre Dame community is deeply saddened by the loss of Drew Haase. Drew was an Adjunct Assistant Professional Specialist of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame where he was the head coach for the undergrad mock trial team that will head to Nationals later this month. He was currently employed as a Law Clerk with the United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana. Previously Drew had practiced law at Jenner & Block in Chicago from 2009 to 2013. To read a tribute to Drew’s life please visit the obituary here.

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Sponsorship for USA Track & Field Grows Under Leadership of CEO, Max Siegel, ’86 BA, ’92 JD

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Since Max Siegel became USATF’s fourth CEO in May 2012, he has signed 12 corporate partnership deals and grown the organization’s sponsor roster from seven to 19 and increased the organization’s annual revenue from $19 million to $30 million. USATF board member Jackie Joyner-Kersey credits the recent success of USATF with Siegel’s “team approach” in dealing with sponsors and athletes. “Max is a ‘we’ guy,” Joyner-Kersey said. “It’s about how we can do this together. That approach has created tremendous buy-in with athletes, sponsors and other constituents which has produced tremendous progress for the organization.” Read more

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Minnesota Vikings Promote Kevin Warren, ’90 JD, to CEO

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Kevin Warren, who is entering his 11th season with the Vikings, most recently served as the Vikings Executive Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Administrative Officer. As CEO, Warren will now oversee all aspects of the Vikings business operations and will create strategic efforts for all departments. Warren has been instrumental in the design and construction process of the new Viking stadium set to open in 2016. Viking Owner/Chairman Zygi Wilf said, “Kevin’s leadership, acumen, passion and work ethic will continue to be a positive asset for the Vikings and this community.” Warren and his wife are very committed to the Minneapolis-St. Paul community, where they recently donated $1 million to the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital to establish “Carolyn’s Comforts”, a child cancer emergency assistance fund named in honor of Warren’s late sister. Read more

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In Memoriam: Charles E. Rice

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God. Country. Notre Dame.

Perhaps no man in recent memory has better embodied the motto inscribed over the door to the Sacred Heart Basilica than Professor Charles E. Rice. A devout Catholic, a Marine, a professor, and a coach, Professor Rice did it all, and always with an abounding sense of humor and purpose. It is therefore with a heavy heart that the Law School announces his passing on February 25, 2015.

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Sean Seymore, ’06 JD, Wins Vanderbilt Faculty Honor

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NDLS grad Sean Seymore has been named a Chancellor Faculty Fellow by Vanderbilt University.

The appointment extends over two fiscal years and includes additional funding designed to support Professor Seymore’s innovative research into how patent law should evolve in response to scientific advances and how the intersection of law and science should influence the formulation of public policy.

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ND Expert: Supreme Court decision on prison beard ban 'clear, correct and welcome'

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The United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled Tuesday (Jan. 20) that an Arkansas prison’s beard ban violated a prisoner’s religious liberty.

According to Richard W. Garnett, professor of law and director of the Notre Dame Law School’s Program on Church, State and Society, the Court’s decision in the Holt v. Hobbs case “shows that religious freedom is a deeply rooted national commitment, not a partisan one. Even in a pluralistic society that is sharply divided on many questions, it should be and is possible to find ways to accommodate religious beliefs that the majority does not share.”

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NDLS Hosts Andrea Pin as Visiting Professor of European Union Law

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Andrea Pin (PhD, University of Turin, Italy) was a fall 2014 Notre Dame Kellogg Institute for International Studies visiting fellow. He is senior lecturer at the University of Padua, where he teaches constitutional law, comparative public law, and Islamic law.  His interests include constitutionalism in Middle East as well as on comparative perspectives on religious liberty, constitutional interpretation, and federalism. While at Notre Dame, he was also a visiting professor of European Union law at the Notre Dame Law School.

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Professor A.J. Bellia Joins Justice Scalia on Panel Addressing Role of History

Professor A.J. Bellia joined Justice Antonin Scalia on a panel discussing the role of history in the field of Federal Courts at the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Schools (“AALS”).

The panel, sponsored by the Federal Courts Section of the AALS, considered the extent to which courts should rely on history in deciding questions of federal judicial power.   

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