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Dear Notre Dame Law Global Community,

On behalf of our International and Graduate Programs Office, I write to wish you a very happy New Year from campus. As we continue to serve our international students and alumni, and support our Notre Dame family around the world during this global pandemic, we hope 2021 will be a year of grace, healing, and fullness of community. 

As an auspicious beginning to this New Year, I am pleased to introduce our first ND Law Global newsletter. This newsletter will provide you with recent information about the Law School’s international initiatives. Under Dean G. Marcus Cole’s leadership, the Law School has recently begun a Global Lawyering Initiative which connects Notre Dame Law School students and faculty to learning and research opportunities worldwide. The cause of justice requires lawyers who have a global perspective and who understand how legal issues transcend borders. At Notre Dame Law School, we are proud to train a different kind of lawyer for the world, lawyers who view the law as a means of service to others.  

Consistent with the Law School’s goal of developing an unmatched global reach, this newsletter aims to connect our international students, and alumni, and other members of the Notre Dame Law School family around the world. We will use the newsletter to keep you apprised of internationally-focused developments on campus, and to share updates on our programs abroad. We also hope that this newsletter will help you to connect with one another and with our community on campus.

In the stories below you will find a spotlight of our current 2020-2021 LL.M. class and exchange students. We were especially proud to welcome these international students this year, when so many of our travels and plans for comparative legal exchange were otherwise disrupted. We’ve also highlighted our Fall 2020 Global Lawyering Spotlight Lecture Series, which united our new London Law Program faculty with faculty from our main campus in virtual webinars on timely topics, from Coronavirus and the Curtailment of Religious Freedom to Parliament’s Role in the Brexit Process. As we continue to maintain “social distancing” here on campus and around the world, virtual events offer us a way to stay connected. We invite you to join us for future programming and look forward to in-person reunions as soon as circumstances permit. 

Yours in Notre Dame, 

Paul B. Miller
Associate Dean
International and Graduate Programs

News

New LL.M. Concentrations  
The LL.M. at Notre Dame curriculum now has four defined concentrations. We are excited to provide the opportunity for LL.M. at Notre Dame law students to deepen their expertise in a particular area of the law while at Notre Dame. You can read more about the concentrations using the links below.
International Alumni Representative on NDLA Board
The Notre Dame Law Association Board seeks nominations for the appointment of an international Notre Dame Law School alumnus or alumna to represent our international J.D., LL.M. and J.S.D alumni and our alumni living and working outside North America on the NDLA Board.  First consideration will be given to alumni nominees who were international students at the time of their matriculation at the Law School and when they received their J.D., LL.M. or J.S.D. degree. Nominees should currently be living or working outside of North America. 

The International Representative will regularly participate in NDLA Board meetings via videoconference or in person on campus and is expected to provide an international perspective on alumni engagement and events with creative ideas on how to regularly engage alumni abroad in reunions, Homecoming Receptions, and networking events with students. In addition to participating in NDLA Board meetings and events and working closely with Tammye Raster, Law Alumni Program Manager, the International Representative may also work with the Law School's International and Graduate Programs team on global law school alumni engagement and the support of current international students at the Law School. 

Please contact Felicia Caponigri at fcaponig@nd.edu for more information about the position.
Application Deadline for 2021-2022 LL.M. Class
Notre Dame Law School seeks mission-driven students who view the practice of law as a service to others and who wish to discover their unique roles in furthering the cause of justice in legal fields as diverse as business and corporate law, intellectual property, areas of private law such as contract and torts, public law, and international dispute resolution, arbitration, and human and civil rights.

Our application deadlines are April 1, 2021 for the LL.M. at Notre Dame and April 15, 2021 for our LL.M. in International Human Rights Law. 

One of the best ways to share the value of a Notre Dame legal education is to connect prospective students with alumni. Please contact Jean Marc Brissau at jbrissau@nd.edu if you would be willing to share your experiences while at Notre Dame with prospective students.

Students

Meet the LL.M. Class of 2021
We welcomed our new LL.M at Notre Dame and Human Rights LL.M. class to ND Law in August. They come from around the world and have a variety of prior experiences. Read more about the class and what they plan to accomplish with a Notre Dame LL.M. degree here.
Students Reflect on Global Experiences
Micheál Ganley, a member of this year's LL.M. class, and Melanie Hess '20 J.D. share how Notre Dame Law School's global network and international experiences have helped them become better lawyers in this video.
J.S.D. Candidate Clare O’Hare Presents at Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Forum
Finance lawyer and ND Law J.S.D. candidate Clare O'Hare presented "Sovereign Wealth Funds — The Corruption Gap" with Lakshmi Kumar of Global Financial Integrity as part of the 2020 OECD Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum. Watch their presentation here.

Alumni

LL.M., J.S.D. Alumni Fight for Human Rights at International Criminal Court
ND Law's LL.M. and J.S.D. programs have helped prepare hundreds of lawyers to fight for human rights around the world. Read about two who are working at the International Criminal Court in The Hague here.
Professor Roger Alford and LL.M. Graduates Assist with Pulte Institute Project to Promote Rule of Law in Paraguay
ND Law Professor Roger Alford, with graduate research assistant Maria Sonet and LL.M. graduates Maria Ospina and Xavier Romero, led research to support this project aimed at strengthening higher education's role in promoting a culture of legality and respect for law in Paraguay. Read more about their research here.
Building a Legal Movement for Human Rights
Fabián Sánchez Matus ’15 LLM and Lorena Bazay Dulanto ’15 LLM grew up in different parts of the world, but Notre Dame, and a passion for human rights law, brought them together. Read their story here.

Events

Fall Global Lawyering Spotlight Lecture Series
This fall we brought London–virtually through our fall Global Lawyering Spotlight Lecture Series–to campus and featured discussions on global topics with some of our new faculty in the London Law Program, along with faculty moderators from the Law School’s main campus. 

You can watch videos from the Fall Lecture Series below.
Spring 2021 Events
The State of Human Rights in Mexico: The Practitioner’s Perspective
January 27, 2021
7:00 p.m. EST
Via Zoom, register here.

The Future of Foreign Investment Dispute Resolution: Brazil and Beyond
February 5, 2021
10:30 a.m. EST
Via Zoom, click here to attend.


Webinar: Life after Notre Dame
Human Rights Practice at the European Court of Human Rights with Dr. Nicolas Sorochynskyy
February 8, 2021
12:30-1:30 p.m. EST
Via Zoom, click here to attend.

Spring Global Lawyering in Practice Series
Global Lawyering in Practice: From the U.S. to Ireland
February 18, 2021
12:30 p.m. EST
Zoom information will be provided at a later date.
Please stay tuned for more Global Lawyering in Practice events.

Please join us for these great events! Please contact Jean Marc Brissau at jbrissau@nd.edu for more details.

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