January ND Lawyers Connect: Pioneering Disability Rights
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Notre Dame Lawyers Connect | January 2017
Happy New Year
Thank you Notre Dame Lawyers!

First, thank you Notre Dame Lawyer Committee Leaders who worked closely with our student ambassadors to plan the wonderful networking opportunities for our students over winter break; they were a great success. Also thank you to all the ND Lawyers that attended the events and those that met our students for coffee or lunch. Finally, thank you to ND Lawyers that planned and participated in the many pro-bono and public-interest opportunities presented to out Galilee students while they were visiting your cities.

NDLS appreciates your time and efforts.

Tammye Radke Raster, ’92 J.D. 
Alumni Director
Alumni | Feature
Photo by Jonathan Timmes
Robert Burgdorf, Jr., 70, 73 J.D., Pioneering Disability Rights

Robert Burgdorf, ’73 J.D., was recently featured by Notre Dame Magazine in an article titled "Pioneering Disability Rights." Burgdorf, who became a key player in the drafting of the Americans with Disabilities Act, describes how Notre Dame gave him the opportunity as a student to learn and join the battle against discrimination on the basis of disability. Burgdorf and fellow law students helped develop a National Center for Law and the Handicapped, which opened in 1972.
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Alumni | Events
Notre Dame Lawyers and Students Gather for Networking Events during Winter Break

Galilee program participants, students home on winter break, admitted students, and members of Notre Dame Lawyer Committees gathered for networking events in many of our major markets in the first two weeks in January. Students involved in the Galilee: Justice at Work Program joined together in groups and traveled to cities to learn about public-interest and public-service law. The Galilee students along with other NDLS students joined Notre Dame Lawyers at local establishments to introduce themselves and learn more about the legal markets. Some Notre Dame Lawyer Committees organized evening networking gatherings, others chose to host one-on-one coffees or lunches with students. ND Lawyer Committees participating included:
  • Buffalo and Western New York Notre Dame Attorney Alumni Group
  • Notre Dame Lawyer Committee of Charlotte
  • Notre Dame Club of Chicago’s Attorney Networking Committee
  • Notre Dame Club of Cleveland Lawyer’s Alumni Committee
  • Notre Dame Dallas Lawyers Committee
  • The Colorado Notre Dame Lawyers Committee
  • Notre Dame Lawyer Committee of the Notre Dame Club of Indianapolis
  • Notre Dame Lawyers Committee of Los Angeles
  • Notre Dame Club of Miami Lawyers Committee
  • Notre Dame Lawyers of New York City (NDL-NYC)
  • Notre Dame Club of Orange County Lawyers Committee
  • Notre Dame Club of Pittsburgh Lawyers Committee
  • Notre Dame Club of San Diego Lawyers Committee
  • Notre Dame Club of Seattle Lawyers Committee
  • Notre Dame Lawyers Committee of DC
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Rev. David T. Link will Speak at a Hesburgh Lecture in Indianapolis

Indianapolis alumni will join the Rev. Dave T. Link, Joseph A. Matson Dean Emeritus, February 23 as he shares insights on his prison ministry featured in "Camerado, I Give You My Hand: How a Powerful Lawyer-Turned-Priest is Changing the Lives of Men Behind Bars." The lecture will be at Barnes & Thornburg and is sponsored by the ND Lawyer Committee of the Notre Dame Club of Indianapolis. Visit our Alumni Events page for more information and to RSVP.
Notre Dame Law Students Create Vis Moot Team and Prepare to Compete in Vienna

A group of Notre Dame Law students is headed to Vienna, Austria, next semester to participate in the Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. The contest is one of the world’s largest international moot court competitions.
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Alumni | Notes
Peter Fruin, ’90 J.D., of Maynard Cooper Chosen as a Law360 MVP in the area of Securities Law
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Carolyn Blessing, 04 B.S., B.A., 08 J.D. Becomes Partner at Locke Lord
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Alvin Adjei, 09 B.A., 12 J.D., Joins Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz in Houston
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Save the Date | Reunion 2017 for all Graduates 2s & 7s
JUNE 1-4, 2017

Registration will open in February. Check the February edition of this newsletter for details!
Save the Date | NDLS Homecoming Weekend 2017
 29-30, 2017
The law school is offering its first annual "NDLS Homecoming Weekend" September 29 and 30, 2017! The events will include a Friday night cocktail reception, an academic discussion Saturday morning, and an afternoon football tailgate for the Notre Dame vs. Miami of Ohio game under a tent on the Quad! Contact your colleagues and classmates and begin making plans to reunite next fall for a fun football weekend on campus. More details to follow.
San Diego Alumni | Notre Dame Spirits
Thirsty? Join fellow alumni for "Notre Dame Spirits" at an event hosted by the Notre Dame Lawyers of San Diego. RSVP here.
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