Faculty Awards and Accolades. Moot Court. Lenten Series.  
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Week of 3.18.19

Good morning! We hope you enjoyed a restful, productive break. We are ready to take on the second half of the semester. We have a lot of news to share so please read below to catch up!  
The Latest News

Professor Paolo Carozza appointed to Venice Commission

The U.S. Department of State has appointed Paolo Carozza to serve on the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, where he will work on pressing legal issues facing Europe and the rest of the world. Read more here. Congratulations, Paolo!

Jessica Binzoni ’15 J.D. is called to go where few will go


Jessica Binzoni started Hope + Future, a nonprofit organization that serves refugees and displaced people in northern Iraq. Read her story here.

Women Lead 2019: Nicole Stelle Garnett

In celebration of International Women's Day, Nicole was featured as one of seven outstanding faculty members whose work is contributing to better understanding and quality of life in our world. Read more here. ​

Sam Bray receives the Joseph Story Award from the Federalist Society

Sam received the 2019 Joseph Story Award from The Federalist Society during the 2019 National Student Symposium. Congratulations, Sam!  Read more here.

LL.M. Student Spotlight: Nina Oldehaver

Nina Oldehaver of Germany wanted an LL.M. to be better prepared as a lawyer who works with international businesses. At ND Law, she was able to spend one semester at our campus in South Bend and one semester in our London Law Program. Read her story here
Moot Court Winners
The National Trial Competition trial team of Olivia Ghiselli, Sarah Merson, Margaret Manning, William Bald, Shaleen Patel, and Kyle Tanzer competed in the Columbus, Ohio Regional of the National Trial Competition. The group of six students made up two separate teams and both advanced to the semi-final rounds.   


The American Association of Justice Trial Team competed in the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition Regional. The team of Kerry Hunt, Emanuel McMiller, Katherine Miller, and Kenet Weed advanced to the semi-finals. The second team included Braden Murphy, Tyler Paladino, Eric Schuller, and Polly Tran. 

Katherine Miller was voted the "Outstanding Advocate" and received the Larry Sutter Memorial Award. This is the second time a Notre Dame Law School AAJ Trial Team member has won this prestigious award.


Joel Williams and Kate Singer coached the NTC and AAJ teams.

In addition, Hannah McCausland and Yara Rashad won second place in the International Moot Court Competition in Law & Religion in Bologna, Italy. Yara was awarded Best Oralist in the tournament.

Congratulations to all!

Lloyd Mayer talks about the college admissions scandal

Rick Garnett writes for First Things 

Rick writes about "Big Mountain Jesus" and the reasons why a liberal society may favor one religion over others. Read more here.

Sam Bray quoted in Voice of America  

Sam was quoted in this story about national injunctions. Read more here.


Mary Ellen O'Connell writes for

Mary Ellen writes about the recent armed engagement between India and Pakistan in Settling the India-Pakistan Impasse....At Last
This Week's Events

March 18
Space law talk with Joanne Gabrynowicz, director of the International Institute of Space Law, 12:30 p.m., 1140 Eck Hall of Law

Maria Stancati, Dismas House director, 12:30 p.m., 1130 Eck Hall of Law

Experiential Learning Fair Reception, 6:15-7:30 p.m., Eck Commons

March 20
Faculty Meeting, 12:30 p.m., Faculty Meeting Room

Vera Institute of Justice, 12:30 p.m., 1130 Eck Hall of Law

Portraits will be taken by photographer Peter Ringenberg from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in Eck Hall of Law. An exact location will be sent out later today. Faculty and staff, please come by to have your portrait taken!

March 21
Faculty Colloquium, Zach Clopton, Cornell Law School, 12:30 p.m., Faculty Meeting Room

Justis 4 Justus, 12:30 p.m., 1130 Eck Hall of Law
March 22
Admitted Student Open House will be going on all day throughout Eck and Biolchini.

The NDLA Board is hosting their spring meeting all day in Eck Hall of Law.

Around the Watercooler
As the new Academic Advancement Director, Kate Mueller will serve as the liaison between the Law School and Development. Kate will build upon her experiences as a Double Domer, a litigator with a national law firm, and nearly a decade of experience leading the Center for Social Science Research and teaching Deposition Skills to Law School students. She looks forward to working with ND Law leadership to develop philanthropic strategies to fund strategic initiatives.

Stop by 1341 Biolchini to welcome Kate to the Law School.
Happy Birthday!

March 24--Sharon Bacon
We would like to celebrate your birthday too! We need your permission first, so please fill out the form here.


Kate Bellia became the first Saint Joe High School student to perform in the Indiana All-State Honor Band.

She was one of eight flutists selected, and is pictured here with conductor Scott Teeple from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

State Mock Trial Champs
One of Trinity School's mock trial teams won the state championship in Indianapolis. Emma Barrett was on the team and Jesse Barrett and Pete Morgan were the coaches. Connor McKenna from an Adams High School team was named one of the best witnesses. Read more here
The Clay High School team coached by students Henry Leaman, Paris Mayfield, and Vivian Pham, came in ninth place. 
Lunch and Learn:
Staff Lenten Series


Wednesday, March 20
12:00-1:00 pm
Coleman Morse Lounge

All staff are invited to a series of inspirational personal stories of how faith can move one from death to new life. You're encouraged to bring your lunch. No RSVP is necessary. More information is here.
Have a great week!

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