NDLS Professor A.J. Bellia Publishes One of Virginia Law Review’s Most Influential Articles

NDLS Professor A.J. Bellia Jr. has been honored by the Virginia Law Review for co-authoring (with George Washington University Law Professor Bradford R. Clark) one of the most influential articles published by the Virginia Law Review in the past 100 years.

Bellia’s article, The Law of Nations as Constitutional Law, 98 Va. L. Rev. 729 (2012), explores the history and role of international law in U.S. courts under the Constitution.

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Associate Justice Samuel Alito Visits NDLS


U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. visited Notre Dame Law School April 10 as the Judge James J. Clynes Visiting Chair.

In the afternoon the Justice participated in a fireside chat with NDLS Professor William Kelley, an event that was sponsored by the NDLS Program on Constitutional Structure, the Federalist Society, and the Department of Political Science’s Potenziani Program in Constitutional Studies.

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Two NDLS Grads Accept Supreme Court Clerkships

Megan Dillhoff, University of Notre Dame Law School Grad to Clerk for Supreme Court Justice Samuel A

Shortly after taking the phone call from Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., Megan Dillhoff became the second NDLS graduate to accept a Supreme Court judicial clerkship for the October 2014 Supreme Court term. Earlier this term, G. Ryan Snyder accepted his clerkship offer from Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

Ryan and Megan are the third and fourth NDLS grads to be named Supreme Court judicial clerks in the past decade. Last year, according to data reported to the American Bar Association, Notre Dame stood in a tie for 10th place among all U.S. law schools for its rate of placing students in federal judicial clerkships.


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CCHR and Program on Constitutional Structure Advise the Constitutional Court of Ecuador

Under the terms of a new agreement between the University of Notre Dame and the Constitutional Court of Ecuador, Professor Paolo Carozza, Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR), and Professor Amy Barrett will conduct an intensive week-long seminar with Ecuadorian justices in Quito later this month.

With the enactment of a new national constitution in 2008, Ecuador’s Constitutional Court has adopted some aspects of a common law model. Professors Carozza and Barrett have been asked to assist the Court by providing a foundation in both the procedural and theoretical aspects of precedent-based law.

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Judge Brett Kavanaugh Gives Keynote Address at 2013 Notre Dame Law Review Symposium

Notre Dame Law Review Students with Judge Kavanaugh

D.C. Circuit Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh gave the keynote address for the 2013 Notre Dame Law Review Symposium on November 1 in the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom.The Symposium, The Evolution of Theory: Discerning the Catalysts of Constitutional Change, examined the factors of constitutional doctrinal shifts, focusing on the question of whether the evolution of constitutional theory is driven by external pressures—such as economics, politics, culture, and social movements—or by an internal dialectic about constitutional meaning. 

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Leading Scholars Gather at Notre Dame London Law Centre to Share "International Perspectives on Public Law"

On October 18, leading scholars from the United States and United Kingdom gathered at the Notre Dame London Law Centre for a conference addressing “International Perspectives on Public Law.”

The two-day conference, which was sponsored by the London Law Centre and the Notre Dame Program on Constitutional Structure, included wide-ranging discussions of institutional design, constitutional theory, and relationships among the instrumentalities of government.

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