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Summer fellowships enable ND Law students to explore careers in religious practice

Author: Denise Wager

Css Summer Fellows Clockwise from top left: Margo Borders, Lauren Andrini, Robert Sikorski, and Catherine Gawron share their summer fellowship experiences

Four NDLS students spent their summer exploring legal issues at religiously affiliated institutions and gained hands-on experience at the intersection of law and religion. The summer fellowships were funded by the Law School’s Program on Church, State & Society

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Professor Rick Garnett speaks at Cato Institute

Author: Notre Dame Law School

Notre Dame Law Professor Richard Garnett spoke at the CATO Institute's 2017 Symposium, titled "The Supreme Court: Past and Prologue," on Sept. 18.

His talk was part of a panel called "Property, Religious and Secular." 

Watch his presentation here.…

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Associate Dean Randy Kozel develops a theory of precedent in new book

Author: Kevin Allen

In the American legal system, it’s a generally accepted view that judges should not disrupt the decisions of their predecessors unless they have a compelling reason to do so. The principle is known by the Latin phrase stare decisis – “to stand by things decided.” The goal is to preserve the law’s core without permanently entrenching every judicial mistake.

The key question is: When should judges break from precedent? After all, even Supreme Court justices disagree about the role of precedent in particular cases.

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Two NDLS Students Participate in Law and Religion Moot Court Tournament

Author: Denise Wager

NDLS students Kristi Denny and Daniela Peinado, both 2Ls, participated in the Touro Law Center 4th Annual National Moot Court Competition in Law and Religion. The tournament this year was about the scope of the First Amendment’s "ministerial exception." The ministerial exception is a doctrine in religious liberty law that was affirmed by the United States Supreme Court in the 2012 case of Hosanna-Tabor.

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NDLS Program on Church, State & Society Awards Summer Fellowships

Author: Denise Wager

Church, State, & Society Summer Fellows Clockwise from top left: Margo Borders, Lauren Andrini, Robert Sikorski, and Catherine Gawron are recipients of the 2017 summer fellowship awards from the Notre Dame Law School’s Program on Church, State & Society.

Lauren Andrini, Margo Borders, Catherine Gawron, and Robert Sikorski, all 1Ls, have each received a $10,000 fellowship award from the Notre Dame Law School’s Program on Church, State & Society to work for a religious institution in a legal capacity this summer.…

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Paolo Carozza awarded honorary doctorate

Author: Amanda Gray

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Pázmány Péter Catholic University awarded an honorary doctorate to Paolo Carozza, director of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies and law professor at Notre Dame Law School, on March 27 in Budapest, Hungary.

According to the University’s official citation, the doctorate was conferred in recognition of Carozza’s “excellent and tireless service to the community and the Church, especially in the area of human rights, by cultivating jurisprudence and … through many [other] works and efforts.”…

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NDLS LL.M. Students Win Regional Moot Court Competition and Advance to International Finals

Author: Denise Wager

Four Notre Dame Law School students from the LL.M. program in International Human Rights Law recently won the Americas regional round of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition.

The team of Martins Birgelis (Latvia), Rachana Chhin (United States), Ruth Cormican (Ireland), and Jodi-Ann Quarrie (Jamaica) competed at Cardozo School of Law against several teams from across the Western Hemisphere on Jan. 25-29. They will move on to the final international round in April at Oxford University.

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Professor Garnett Participates in Panel Discussion on Sanctuary

Author: Denise Wager

The Center for Civil and Human Rights convened a Notre Dame panel on January 18, 2017 to discuss the historical development, possibilities, and realities of sanctuary as a civil strategy for the protection of vulnerable populations.

With renewed concern that immigrants, including those falling under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, face an increased risk of targeted discrimination or harassment, many have called for more robust sanctuary policies on college campuses and in communities across the nation. In light of these developments, the  the panel was designed to bring clarity to the issue.  …

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NDLS Moot Court Hosts Religious Freedom Tournament

Author: Denise Wager

The Notre Dame Law School Moot Court Board recently hosted its inaugural National Appellate Advocacy Tournament for Religious Freedom.

“This event started as an idea last April and truly came to fruition this weekend,” said Matthew Ciulla, 3L, tournament director of the Notre Dame Moot Court Board. “Our tournament brought academics, law students, and attorneys from around the country together to discuss the Establishment Clause, while allowing students to hone their oral advocacy and brief-writing skills.”

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Church, State & Society Fellows Reflect on Rewarding Summer Experiences

Author: Denise Wager

Samantha Scheuler spent her summer at the Office of the General Counsel at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to gain a better understanding of the legal issues that can arise for a religious institution and how law and religion intersect in society.

She also came to a better understanding of her faith.

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