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NDLS Communicator
Week of 3.2.20

Good afternoon! Please read below for the latest Law School news and events. We wish everyone a restful Spring Break. The Communicator will resume on Monday, March 16.

The Latest News

Rick Garnett interviewed on Bloomberg Law

Rick was interviewed by June Grasso on Bloomberg Law for "Court Takes Case that Could Enhance Religious Rights." Listen to the story here.


Veronica Root Martinez writes for Jotwell

Veronica wrote "Legal Elites Serving the Poor (or Not?)" for Legal Profession Jotwell. The piece focuses on upcoming scholarship from University of Chicago Law Professor Atinuke Adediran about "pro bono mismatch." Read more here.

Sam Bray testifies before the Senate Judiciary Panel on Universal Injunctions

Sam was part of a panel that testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 25.
You can watch his testimony here.

Sam was quoted in Law 360's story, "Sens. Invite Justices To Rule On National Injunctions." Read the story here.

Sam was also mentioned in an article in Reuters. Read more here.

Judy Fox on ABC 57 News

Judy is quoted by ABC57 News in "South Bend tenants accuse state legislators of giving 'too much power' to landlords." Listen here.

ND grant will fund research to confront Church’s sex abuse crisis

Rick Garnett has been awarded funding from Notre Dame's Church Sexual Abuse Crisis Research Grant Program to address issues emerging from the crisis and to prevent abuse in the future. Read more about the grant here.

70th Annual Moot Court Showcase
Oral Argument

Judge Morris Arnold, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; Judge Carl Stewart, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; & Judge Joan Larsen, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, were judges for the 70th Annual Moot Court Showcase Oral Argument on February 21. 

Judge Arnold is pictured below with three of his former clerks — Dean G. Marcus Cole, Nicole Garnett, and David Waddilove.

International scholars discuss constitutional law at London roundtable

Organized by Jeff Pojanowski, a recent roundtable at Notre Dame London brought together leading scholars from the U.S., Great Britain, and Ireland to discuss Constitutions, Peoples, and Sovereignty. Read more here.


This past weekend the Notre Dame Law School National Trial Competition Trial Team competed at the National Trial Competition Regional in Cleveland, Ohio.

The NTC team of Margaret Manning and Sarah Merson advanced to the semi-final round, after beating Wayne State University, University of Cincinnati, and Cooley School of Law. They lost a close semi-final trial to the University of Michigan. The NTC team of John Casey, Owen Fitzgerald, and Mackenna Krohn competed against Ohio Northern University, University of Akron, and Michigan State University.

Adjunct Professors Kate Singer, Joel Williams, and Jerry McKeever coached the team.
Faculty News

Lloyd Mayer examines church versus fundamental public policy conflicts that could threaten tax-exempt status in "What Is Caesar's, What Is God's: Fundamental Public Policy for Churches."  

Paul Miller and Julian Velasco both presented papers at the 2020 William and Mary Law Review Symposium on The Future of Fiduciary Law in Williamsburg on February 21-22. Paul presented "The Morality of Fiduciary Law" and Julian presented "Classifying Other-Regarding Relationships." Papers will be published in the William and Mary Law Review in 2021.

Mark Telloyan gave a presentation to the Elkhart Bar Association on "Basic Concepts in Bankruptcy Law" on February 20. 
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, speak at a conference, or have anything else to share please let us know. You can email news here
This Week's Events
Monday, March 2
Faith, Police and Police Discipline Matrix: Teach-In, 12:30 p.m., 3108 Eck Hall of Law

Week Against Mass Incarceration letter writing campaign, every weekday this week, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Eck Commons.

Tuesday, March 3
Faculty Colloquium, Josh Kleinfeld, Northwestern, 12:30 p.m., Faculty Meeting Room

Cruel and New: Why Supermax, Lethal Injection, and Mass Incarceration Violate the Original Meaning of the Eighth Amendment but the Firing Squad Doesn’t, 12:30 p.m., 1130 Eck Hall of Law

Wednesday, March 4
Faculty Meeting, 12:30 p.m., Faculty Meeting Room

Black Lives Matter: Teach-In, 12:30 p.m., 3108 Eck Hall of Law 

Friday, March 6
Notre Dame's Private Prison Investments: Teach-In, 12:30 p.m., 2108 Eck Hall of Law 

March 9-13
Spring Break 

Looking Ahead

Friday, March 20

Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy Symposium will offer CLE credit to Notre Dame Law faculty. More information is here. ND faculty who would like to attend should email Austin Ridgeway at

Thursday, March 26
The Federalist Society and Program on Constitutional Structure will host Judges Elizabeth Branch, Britt Grant, and Joan Larsen for a panel discussion about their careers, experiences in the judiciary, and the role of judges in the federal and state courts. The panel will be moderated by Notre Dame Law School alumna Katie Jo Luningham. 12:30 pm., McCartan Courtroom

Monday, March 30
Mary Ann Glendon, the Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will give the inaugural Rice-Hasson Distinguished Lecture on "Human Ecology and the Legal Vocation." 12:30 pm., McCartan Courtroom
Please join us for a Faculty/Staff lunch
to kick-off Spring Break

Friday, March 6
12:15-1:30 p.m.
Faculty Meeting Room

Please RSVP here. An RSVP is not required, but helps with planning for food.
We will be serving a similar meal to our fall tailgate lunches, but with a
non-meat option
Around the Watercooler

Lenten Healing Prayer Service for Staff

Staff Chaplain Fr. Jim Bracke, C.S.C. invites all staff to a Lenten Prayer Service on Wednesday, March 4 at 12:15-12:45 p.m. in the Holy Cross Chapel at Stinson Remick Building.

The service will focus on a path for letting go of worry, fears for oneself with physical or emotional issues, family concerns, stresses, national or international fears. All faiths are welcome.   

Happy Birthday!


Beth Klein-March 12
Get to know your colleagues!
We would like to continue with our Faculty and Staff features that we started last spring to build community throughout the Law School. The feature will include just a few questions/ answers and a photo. We will randomly be asking colleagues to participate, but we would really like for volunteers as well. If you would like to be featured send us an email here. We hope you will join in!
Have a great week!

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