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Religious Liberty and the Free Society: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dignitatis Humanae

Author: Denise Wager

The Notre Dame Law Review will host its annual Symposium on Nov. 5-6, 2015 in the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom at Notre Dame Law School. This year’s Symposium is titled Religious Liberty and the Free Society: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dignitatis Humanae. The event will celebrate and examine the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Freedom and is part of the 2015-16 Notre Dame Forum.

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Student Religious Liberty Writing Competition

Author: Denise Wager

The International Center for Law & Religion Studies at BYU and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society have just announced their Seventh Annual Student Religious Liberty Writing Competition. Competition details can be found here.

 

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Touro Law Center's Third Annual National Moot Court Competition in Law & Religion

Author: Denise Wager

Touro Law Center's Third Annual National Moot Court Competition in Law & Religion will be held Thursday, April 7 - Friday, April 8, 2016. To read the complete set of rules, click here. Touro Law Center is located in Central Islip, New York, about one hour from New York City and the metropolitan airports. The preliminary rounds of the competition will take place at the law school, and the semi-final and final rounds will take place at the Alfonse D'Amato Federal Courthouse, located directly across the street from Touro.…

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NDLS Students Reflect on Experience in Law and Religion Moot Court in Venice, Italy

Author: Denise Wager

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.

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Summer Fellowship Opportunity

Author: Denise Wager

The Notre Dame Law School's Program on Church, State & Society focuses on the role of religion in society and how law structures these relationships. In conjunction with the University's other colleges and centers, the program hosts conferences, workshops and other programs and is committed to increasing legal scholarship in order to promote dialogue on the interaction of these three dynamic, and often, colliding, aspects of society.

The Program will award up to two Fellowships for the summer of 2015 to students working for a religious institution in a legal capacity. 

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Founding Fathers Religious Liberty Writing Competition

Author: Denise Wager

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society announces the 6th Annual Religious Liberty Writing Competition, made possible by the Jack P. Peterson and Maude Birkin Peterson Endowment.  The purpose of the writing competition is to promote legal and academic studies in the field of religious liberty by law students and students pursuing related graduate studies. Students who have graduated from law school but who are not yet practicing law due to clerkships or other similar pursuits are also invited to submit papers.

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In Memoriam: Charles E. Rice

Author: Dean Nell Jessup Newton

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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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NDLS Team Wins National Moot Court Tournament

Author: Denise Wager

National Religious Freedom Moot Court Tournament, Notre Dame Law School

After four rounds of competition, NDLS students Sarah Gallo and Patrick Duffey (with Jae Kim on the brief) were declared the winners of the National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition February 7.

The competition, held at George Washington Law School in Washington, D.C., featured two days of arguments and several dozen teams from law schools across the nation. The final round, against Roger Williams University School of Law, was argued before Judge Pamela Harris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Judge David Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Justice Don Willett of the Supreme Court of Texas

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Professor Richard Garnett Responds to Holt v Hobbs Supreme Court Decision

Author: Denise Wager

Professor Richard Garnett responds to the Supreme Court's Holt v Hobbs unanimous opinion, upholding the religious-liberty claim of a Muslim prison inmate in Arkansas who challenged the prison's strict grooming policy under the Federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).

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In Memoriam: Schierl/Ft. Howard Professor Emeritus Robert E. Rodes Jr.

Author: Denise Wager

Robert Rodes, University of Notre Dame Law School, Program on Church, State & Society

It is with a heavy heart that the Law School announces the death of Professor Emeritus Robert E. Rodes Jr., who passed away Tuesday morning, November 25, 2014.
 
Professor Rodes joined the Notre Dame Law School faculty in 1956 as an assistant professor of law, achieved the rank of associate professor of law in 1958 and was named professor of law in 1963. In 2000, the University honored him for his more than 40 years of teaching and scholarship in the fields of legal ethics and jurisprudence by naming him the first permanent holder of the Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Paper Corporation Chair in Legal Ethics.…

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