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Spring 2007


Notre Dame Law School


Notre Dame


Jim Seckinger, Ed Fillenwarth, South America, Guantánamo, Sean Litton, sex slave trade, John Crowley, enzyme therapy, Democratic Republic of Congo, Jay Nunez, Skadden Fellowship Foundation, Dory Mitros Durham, Ellen Carpenter




Pursuing Justice in South America
Ed Fillenwarth, ’63 J.D., writes about his and his wife’s decades-long pursuit of justice for victims of human rights abuses in South America.

Report from Guantánamo
With two clients incarcerated at Guantánamo Bay, Bob Weaver, ’75 J.D., asks the question: May a foreign national be held in a maximum-security prison for the rest of his life, in territory over which the United States has exclusive jurisdiction, on the authority of the President alone, without ever being charged with a crime, and without meaningful judicial review?

Inaugural NDLA Award Recognizes Devotion to Social Justice Law
After leaving D.C. law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Sean Litton, ’97 J.D., embarked on an odyssey that brought him faceto- face with the evils of the Third-World sex slave trade.

To Save the Children
When John Crowley, ’92 J.D., heard the news that two of his children had a rare and incurable disease, he was determined to find a cure. Joining forces with a biotechnology start-up, he helped bring to market an enzyme therapy that may save his children’s lives.

Reuniting a Family
Jay Nunez, ’06 J.D., tells of helping to reunite a family of nine after two years apart due to conflict in their native land, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Unfinished Business
With the help of the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, recent Law School graduate Dory Mitros Durham, ’06 J.D., will begin a project to address immigrants’ civil rights in the South Bend community.

Summer Internship Experiences
For these five students, public-sector internships provided unparalleled learning opportunities as “practitioners” in their field.

A Tribute to Our Holy Cross Colleagues
Dean O’Hara pays tribute to Fathers William Lewers and Michael McCafferty, two lawyer-priests whose impact is still felt in the Law School today, 10 and 20 years after their deaths.

The Much Maligned 527 and Institutional Choice
Associate Prof. Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer examines Congress’s reaction to legal issues raised by “527s,” political organizations named after the tax law section granting them tax-exempt status.

Remembering Nel
The Law School family was devastated at the news of NDLA president Ellen Carpenter’s untimely passing. Ray Marvar, ’79 J.D., and friends fondly remember this woman who loved the law as much as she cherished Notre Dame, her family, and her friends.

Voir Dire / Jim Seckinger

Closing Arguments / Carolyn P. Short

Notre Dame Lawyer - Spring 2007

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