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NDLS Communicator
Week of 2.15.21

Good afternoon! We have a lot of news to share, including our department feature on the Career Development Office, so please read below.

The Latest News
Religious Liberty Initiative files amicus
brief in support of Apache Stronghold in
Oak Flat litigation
The amicus brief was filed last week by Stephanie Barclay, along with the Religious Liberty Initiative’s student cohort. Read more here.
News coverage of the amicus brief and case are here:  law360 (subscription needed), The Guardian, Phoenix Business Journal, Kold News, and EarthBeat.
Stephanie Barclay co-authored article published in Harvard Law Review

Stephanie co-authored a recent article, "Rethinking Protections for Indigenous Sacred Sites," which was published in the Harvard Law Review. 
Jimmy Gurulé and Rick Garnett featured in Bloomberg Law's podcast
Jimmy and Rick were featured in the most recent episode of Bloomberg Law's podcast. Listen to the episode "Will Supreme Court Expand Religious Rights?"
Randy Kozel's latest paper in Duke Law Journal

Randy's paper, "Retheorizing Precedent," examines the role of precedent with special attention to the future of administrative law. Read his paper here
Former Faculty News
Congratulations to former Notre Dame Law Professor, Vincent Rougeau, who was named the next president of College of The Holy Cross. Vince is the first lay person and first Black person to serve as president of the college.
Student News
Congratulations to the 
intellectual property moot court team!
The intellectual property moot court team won the Chicago regional of the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition. Read more here
Congratulations to Keith Ongeri!
Keith was named Best Oralist at the Midwest Black Law Students Association's Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition.
Dear faculty and staff,
We want to share your scholarship and other news and accomplishments with the ND Law community. If you have a new research piece, receive an award, or have anything else to share please let us know. You can email news here
Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 16 

  • Racial Justice in Big Law, 3:30 p.m., zoom
  • ND Alert emergency notification system test, 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 17 

  • IP in Practice Series: Timothy K. Sendek, Akerman, 5:00 p.m., zoom
  • Ash Wednesday, mass schedule here
  • Ash Wednesday Prayer & Blessing for Staff, 12:00 p.m., sign up here to receive the link. All faith traditions are welcome. 

Thursday, February 18 

  • Global Lawyering in Practice Series: From the U.S. to Ireland, 8:30 a.m., zoom
  • Mental Health as a Law Student: Racial Identity Workshop, 12:30 p.m., zoom 
  • Graciela Olivarez Award Ceremony, honoring Judge Eva Guzman of the Texas Supreme Court, 5:00 p.m., zoom

Friday, February 19 

  • Notre Dame Law Journal of International & Comparative Law 2021 Symposium, 9:15 a.m, zoom
  • IP in Practice Series: Inside the Art Institute of Chicago with Maria Simon, Senior Associate General Counsel, 12:30 p.m., zoom
Around the Watercooler
Department Feature
Throughout the year we are going to be featuring different departments in the Communicator. In our feature this week, we are excited to highlight and meet our Career Development Office!
Name: Vinny Versagli

Job Title: Director of Career Development

Brief description of what you do at the Law School: I work with our team in the Career Development Office to support our students in their professional development and job searches. We coordinate recruiting activities, like on-campus and off-campus interview programs, meet with students one-on-one to develop effective job search strategies and prepare for interviews, and conduct programming on a variety of professional development-related topics each semester.

Family: My wife, Calli, and two daughters, Natali (4) and Clara (1).

What do you like to do outside of work?: Aside from spending time with my family, I love to cook, golf, and ski. I don't get to do the last two things very often, but I enjoy them when I do.

One interesting fact, accomplishment, or tidbit you would like to share about yourself: I love craft beer. My first purchase when I graduated from law school and started working was a dual tap kegerator. I still have it and enjoy relaxing with a cold draft beer while watching a ball game.
Name: Patti McLaughlin
Job Title: Program Director, Career Development
Brief description of what you do at the Law School: My main function is to provide career counseling to our law students. I also oversee the CDO programming, work with the diverse student groups, and counsel alums. Tammye Raster also bosses me around a lot. I feel like that is a whole second job.
Family: Michael works as a fundraiser for the University, and we have been married for 26 years. Tommy (23) works at Bleacher Report in Atlanta although he will continue working from my basement in South Bend for the foreseeable future. Daisy (22) is a senior accounting major at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Maggie (19) is a sophomore at Texas Christian University majoring in strategic communications, and Mr. Carson, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who just lies around looking cute when he is not causing trouble.
What do you like to do outside of work?: I love to hike. I love walking outdoors. I like to cook and spend time with my family. I am really looking forward to spending more time with the people I miss who don’t live in my house when the world reopens! I also love historical fiction, period dramas, crime shows, and tablecloths. I love tablecloths.
One interesting fact, accomplishment, or tidbit you would like to share about yourself: I was in the first official Father Mike Talent Show in the spring of 1988. I performed all three years while I was here, and I ran the Music Ministry at the Law School for 2 years as a student. I am actually disappointed that I don’t have something more interesting to say about myself. I will have to work on that.

Name: Heidi Baguer

Job Title: Office Coordinator

Brief description of what you do at the Law School: Manage the Federal Work Study Program, coordinate Bridge to Practice & Fellowship payments, as well as handle LLM Summer internship payments, and organize the visiting of dogs before finals for the students.

Family: My husband, Chris, works in Development, my son, Cris, who graduated from The Citadel in May 2020 (currently at BOLC training in San Antonio, TX), and my daughter, Emma, who is a junior at The Citadel with a double major in Intelligence & Security and Criminal Justice and a minor in Spanish. Our family is rounded out by our 7-year-old black lab, Badin and our 5-year-old chocolate lab, Nieuwland.

What do you like to do outside of work?: Spend time with my family and friends, read, and cook.

One interesting fact, accomplishment, or tidbit you would like to share about yourself:  When my family goes on vacation every summer with my sister and her family we all speak in a British accent for the whole vacation, and refer to each other by our "number." My sister and I are Number 1, my husband is Number 2, and then the children go in chronological order. It can be very confusing for someone who's not in the family to understand who we're talking about. Example:  "Number 3, who is watching Number 6?" and Number 3 will say something like "Number 4 was supposed to but had to run to the store, so Number 5 has Number 6 until Number 4 gets back."  

Name: Ed D'Arcy

Job Title: I am Assistant Director of Career Development in the Career Development Office

Brief description of what you do at the Law School: I counsel students on all aspects of their job search which includes reviewing cover letters and resumes, conducting mock interviews, and helping students decide the best location and area of law to practice. In addition, I conduct various workshops or lectures for students on subjects including interviewing, drafting resumes, and others. Finally, I am one of the instructors for the Intensive Trial Advocacy course offered to our students.   

Family: My wife, Linda; our Westie, Mike; my daughter, Kristen, who lives in Southern California, and my son, Brian, who is married with two kids of his own in San Francisco.  

What do you like to do outside of work?: Play golf, watch ND and Chicago Bears football, watch the Chicago White Sox, and working out (when I don't have to wear a mask). 

One interesting fact, accomplishment, or tidbit you would like to share about yourself: My fellow classmates from ND include Fr. John Jenkins, Jack Swarbrick, and Rudy Ruettiger.

Ed at age 2 wearing his ND monogram sweater!
Name: Ali Wruble

Job Title: Recruiting Program Manager

Brief description of what you do at the Law School: I work with employers and organize opportunities for students to find jobs. I also help with bar exam applications, networking, and lots of events. And I run the CDO blog.

Family: One daughter, 12, and one dog, almost three

What do you like to do outside of work?: Hang out with family and friends, watch Great British Baking Show, eat and drink yummy things, and do fun creative projects

One interesting fact, accomplishment, or tidbit you would like to share about yourself: I have been a radio DJ, sung the national anthem in Fenway Park, and was once a birthday party clown!
Name: Chris Kozelichki

Job Title: Assistant Director of Career Development

Brief description of what you do at the Law School: I advise students on a variety of career paths while specializing in working with students interested in working in government, public interest, and judicial clerkships.

What do you like to do outside of work?: I enjoy cooking anything and everything. I volunteer to take on pro bono cases for individuals who can't afford legal services, but might not, for whatever reason qualify for legal aid assistance.

One interesting fact, accomplishment, or tidbit you would like to share about yourself: I'm a supporter of the Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. ("After Darkness, Always Comes Light!")
Happy Birthday!

Christine Holst Haley - February 15
We would like to celebrate your birthday too! We need your permission first, so please fill out the form here.
Shoe Recycling Drive
The  NDLS Running Group and the Environmental Law Society are sponsoring a "Shoe Recycling Drive." They are collecting old shoes to send to a recycling center. They accept the following shoes: sandals, wedges, sneakers, flats, loafers, oxfords, clogs, boots (no ski boots), heels, and wedges. If you are interested, sign up here. If you have any questions, contact NDLS Running Group President Eric Leis at
Black History Month

Several discussions, presentations, and activities are highlighted here

Walk The Walk Week schedule of events can be found here. 
Keeping Calm in Stressful Times
The Calm app provides tools to help you relax, focus and rest, offering guided sessions on sleep, meditation, and relaxation. Sign up for a free, premium subscription using your netID email by following these instructions
COVID-19 Vaccine
Indiana residents age 65 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Remember, you can get vaccinated at any site in Indiana.
Notre Dame Covid-19 Dashboard
Have a great week!
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