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Telephone: (574) 631-6627

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ABA Approved Since 1925


Founded in 1869, the Notre Dame Law School is the oldest Roman Catholic law school in the United States. Its national program is designed to equip graduates to practice law in any jurisdiction. Among its graduates are members of the bar in every state and numerous foreign nations. The school is approved by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. In addition to offering the Juris Doctor degree, Notre Dame has LL.M. and J.S.D. programs in international human rights law and a second LL.M. program in comparative law offered in London and designed for non‑American lawyers.


The Notre Dame program strives to educate men and women to become lawyers of extraordinary professional competence who possess a partisanship for justice, an ability to respond to human need, and compassion for their clients and colleagues.


Notre Dame Law School is a small law school. It is a community of faculty and students of every race and creed from throughout the nation and the world. Each fall approximately 180 full‑time J.D. students begin their studies at Notre Dame. The law school has three formalized joint degree programs, a J.D./M.B.A. program, a J.D./Master of Engineering program, and a J.D./M.A. in English program. Where appropriate and with the approval of the department involved, other joint degree programs may be fashioned to suit individual students' interests or needs.


Methods of instruction are both traditional and innovative. The first‑year required curriculum is rigorous and traditional. In the second and third years, traditional teaching methods are supplemented by experience‑based techniques (actual clinical and simulated), seminars, interdisciplinary study, courses in other graduate departments of the University and directed readings.


Notre Dame offers study in London for credit on both a summer‑school and academic‑year basis. The London program has been in continuous operation since 1968. Each year approximately 30 J.D. students elect to spend their second year at the Notre Dame London Law Centre. Some 50 hours of credit are generally available including standard American law courses and a variety of international and comparative law courses. Since 1970, Notre Dame also has operated a separate London summer program for credit for its own students and for students from other law schools.


A wide range of student activities is available. Students participate in the production of four law journals, including the Notre Dame Law Review, the Journal of College and University Law, the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy, and the Journal of Legislation. The school also sponsors trial‑ and appellate‑level moot court programs, an international moot court program, and an outstanding trial advocacy program. Cocurricular opportunities that combine classroom learning with practical experience include the Notre Dame Legal Aid Clinic, and its immigration clinic component, and internships with the local prosecutor's, public defender's, and U.S. Attorney's offices. In our Legal Aid Clinic, students have the opportunity to represent clients in both state and federal courts and administrative agencies. The Clinic also provides transactional lawyering services that do not involve litigation. Subject matters handled by the Clinic include mental health, consumer protection, immigrant rights, housing and disability benefits. A variety of student organizations provide opportunities to explore social, cultural, religious and political issues. A full‑service career services office assists students in finding permanent and summer employment.


The faculty includes 45 full‑time teaching‑and‑research and library faculty. The faculty are actively involved in research and regularly produce books and articles receiving national and international attention. The hallmark of legal education at Notre Dame is the meaningful interaction between faculty and students. The faculty members are accessible and spend more hours in private student conferences than in the classroom.


The Kresge Law Library holds over 660,000 volumes and microform equivalents and is a leader in developing computer‑based legal‑research methodologies, especially using emerging technologies. The Library subscribes to all major computer‑assisted research services, including LEXIS/NEXIS and WESTLAW. Law students and faculty also have immediate access to the more than two million volumes in the research collections of the University's Theodore M. Hesburgh Library and, via the OCLC national database of library holdings, have the capability to identify and procure materials from over 48,500 US libraries and over 60,000 libraries in 112 countries. The library collection is available to law students and faculty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.



Patricia A. O'Hara (574) 631‑6789

Executive Associate Dean:

John H. Robinson (574) 631‑6980

Associate Dean for Faculty Research:

Margaret F. Brinig (574) 631‑2303

Associate Dean:

William K. Kelley (574) 631‑8646

Associate Dean for Library and Information Technology:

Edmund P. Edmonds (574) 631‑5916

Assistant Dean for Students:

Gail G. Peshel (574) 631‑7625

Assistant Dean for Law School Administration:

M. Catherine Roemer (574) 631‑6241

Acting Admissions Director:

Melissa Fruscione (574) 631‑6626

Acting Career Service Director:

Gail G. Peshel (574) 631‑7625

External Relations Director:

Melanie McDonald (574) 631‑6891

Student Services Director:

Peter Horvath (574) 631‑5365

Advancement Director:

Glenn J. Rosswurm (574) 631‑3781



PATRICIA A. O'HARA, (The Joseph A. Matson Dean and Professor), born Berkeley, California, August 26, 1949; admitted to bar, 1974, California. Education: University of Santa Clara (B.A., 1971); University of Notre Dame (J.D., 1974). COURSES: Business Associations, Securities Regulation. Email: patricia.a.o'

AMY CONEY BARRETT, (Associate Professor), born New Orleans, Louisiana, January 28, 1972; admitted to bar, 2000, Virginia; 2001, District of Columbia. Education: Rhodes College (B.A., 1994); Notre Dame (J.D., 1997). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Evidence, Federal Courts, Statutory Interpretation. Email:


MATTHEW J. BARRETT, (Professor), born Youngstown, Ohio, May 31, 1960; admitted to bar, 1985, Ohio. Education: University of Notre Dame (B.B.A., 1982; J.D., 1985). COURSES: Accounting for Lawyers, Federal Income Tax (Individuals), Topics in Law and Accounting Seminar (Credit Crisis), Business Associations. Email:


JOSEPH P. BAUER, (Professor), born New York, New York, November 3, 1945; admitted to bar, 1970, New York. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1965); Harvard University (J.D., 1969). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Antitrust, Copyright & Trademarks, Conflict of Laws. Email:


PATRICIA L. BELLIA, (Professor of Law and Notre Dame Presidential Fellow), born Medford, Massachusetts, August 26, 1969; admitted to bar, 1995, Massachusetts; 1997, District of Columbia. Education: Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges (A.B., 1991); Yale Law School (J.D., 1995). COURSES: Administrative Law, Cyberlaw, Copyright, Constitutional Law. Email:


ANTHONY J. BELLIA JR., (Professor of Law and Notre Dame Presidential Fellow), born Buffalo, New York, June 16, 1969; admitted to bar, 1995, New York; 1999, District of Columbia. Education: Canisius College (B.A., 1991); University of Notre Dame (J.D., 1994). COURSES: Contracts, Federal Courts, Civil Procedure, Federalism. Email:


GEOFFREY J. BENNETT, (Director London Law Centre), born Uxbridge, England, June 4, 1952; admitted to bar, 1975, England. Education: St. Catharine's College at Cambridge University (B.A., 1974); Cambridge University (M.A., 1978). COURSES: Evidence. Email:


G. ROBERT BLAKEY, (William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Professor), born Burlington, North Carolina, January 7, 1936; admitted to bar, 1960, North Carolina and District of Columbia; 1986, Colorado. Education: University of Notre Dame (A.B., 1957; J.D., 1960). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Federal Criminal Law, Federal Criminal Procedure, Jurisprudence, Terrorism. Email:


GERARD V. BRADLEY, (Professor), born Brooklyn, New York, May 31, 1954; admitted to bar, 1981, New York. Education: Cornell University (B.A., 1976; J.D., 1980). COURSES: Legal Ethics, Trial Advocacy. Email:


MARGARET BRINIG, (Fritz Duda Family Chair in Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Research), born Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 15, 1949; admitted to bar, 1973, New Jersey; 1976, District of Columbia; 1979, Virginia. Education: Duke University (B.A., 1970); George Mason University (M.A., 1993; Ph.D., 1994); Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., 1973). COURSES: Family Law, Contracts, Insurance, Law and Economics. Email:


ALEJANDRO E. CAMACHO, (Associate Professor), born New Brunswick, New Jersey, August 23, 1973; admitted to bar, 1999, California. Education: University of California at Irvine (B.A., 1995); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1998); Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., 2005). COURSES: Environmental Law, Regulatory Innovation, Property. Email:


PAOLO G. CAROZZA, (Associate Professor), born Maryland, June 4, 1963. Education: Harvard College (A.B., 1985); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1989). COURSES: Comparative Law, Human Rights, International Law, Jurisprudence. Email:


LISA L. CASEY, (Associate Professor), born Denver, Colorado, August 8, 1963; admitted to bar, 1987, Colorado. Education: Stanford University (A.B., 1984; J.D., 1987). COURSES: Securities Litigation, Enforcement and Regulation, Business Associations, Commercial Law. Email:


DOUGLASS W. CASSEL, JR., (Notre Dame Presidential Fellow, Professor and Director, Center for Civil and Human Rights), born Baltimore, Maryland, August 29, 1948; admitted to bar, 1976, Illinois. Education: Yale College (B.A., 1969); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1972). COURSES: International Human Rights, International Criminal and International Humanitarian Law. Email:


LAUREL COCHRANE, (Associate Librarian, Technical Services), born East Chicago, Indiana, November 11, 1955. Education: Indiana University (B.A., 1979; M.L.S., 1988). Email:


JOHN J. COUGHLIN, (Professor), born New York, New York, September 4, 1954; admitted to bar, 1988, New York. Education: Niagara University (B.A., 1977); Columbia University (M.A., 1982); Princeton Seminary (Th.M., 1984); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1987); Pontifical Gregorian University (J.C.L., 1990; J.C.D., 1994). COURSES: Ethics, Canon Law, Professional Responsibility. Email:


FERNAND N. DUTILE, (Professor), born Lewiston, Maine, February 15, 1940; admitted to bar, 1965, Maine. Education: Assumption College (A.B., 1962); University of Notre Dame (J.D., 1965). COURSES: Criminal Law, Law of Education. Email:


EDMUND P. EDMONDS, (Associate Dean for Library and Information Technology and Professor), born Omaha, Nebraska, March 3, 1951; admitted to bar, 1978, Ohio; 1982, Virginia. Education: University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1973); University of Maryland (M.L.S., 1974); University of Toledo (J.D., 1978). COURSES: Legal Research, Sports Law. Email:


BARBARA J. FICK, (Associate Professor), born St. Louis, Missouri, April 8, 1951; admitted to bar, 1976, Wisconsin. Education: Creighton University (B.A., 1972); University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1976). COURSES: Labor and Employment Law, Dispute Resolution, Employment Discrimination, International and Comparative Labor Law. Email:


JOHN M. FINNIS, (Biolchini Family Professor), born Adelaide, Australia, July 28, 1940. Education: Adelaide University (LL.B., 1961); Oxford University (D.Phil., 1965). COURSES: Jurisprudence. Email:


JUDITH L. FOX, (Associate Clinical Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 19, 1960; admitted to bar, 1993, Indiana, Michigan. Education: Wilkes University (B.S., 1985); University of Notre Dame (J.D., 1993). COURSES: Clinical Education, Ethics, Consumer Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution. Email:


NICOLE STELLE GARNETT, (Professor), born Wichita, Kansas, January 7, 1970; admitted to bar, 1996, Arizona; 1998, District of Columbia. Education: Stanford University (B.A., 1992); Yale Law School (J.D., 1995). COURSES: Property, Land Use, Local Government. Email:


RICHARD W. GARNETT, (Professor), born Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, November 6, 1968; admitted to bar, 1997, Arizona; 1998, District of Columbia. Education: Duke University (A.B., 1990); Yale Law School (J.D., 1995). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, First Amendment, Constitutional Law, Catholic Social Tradition, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion. Email:


JIMMY GURULE, (Professor), born Salt Lake City, Utah, June 14, 1951; admitted to bar, 1980, Utah. Education: University of Utah (B.A., 1974; J.D., 1980). COURSES: Criminal Law, International Criminal Law, White Collar Crime, Law of Terrorism. Email:


MICHAEL J. JENUWINE, (Associate Clinical Professor), born Detroit, Michigan, July 19, 1966; admitted to bar, 2000, Illinois; 2003, Indiana. Education: University of Michigan (B.S., 1988); University of Chicago (M.A., 1990, Ph.D., 2000); Loyola University (J.D., 2000). COURSES: Legal Aid 1 and Ethics. Email:


ROBERT L. JONES, JR., (Director, Notre Dame Legal Aid Clinic and Clinical Professor), born March 11, 1958; admitted to bar, 1984, Illinois; 2002, Indiana. Education: University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1980); Harvard University (J.D., 1984). COURSES: Clinical Education, Ethics. Email:


M. CATHLEEN KAVENY, (John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law and Professor of Theology), born Providence, Rhode Island, April 23, 1962; admitted to bar, 1993, Massachusetts. Education: Princeton University (A.B., 1984); Yale Law School (J.D., 1990); Yale University (Ph.D., 1991). COURSES: Contracts, Morality and Law. Email:


WILLIAM K. KELLEY, (Associate Dean and Associate Professor), born Columbus, Ohio, February 8, 1963; admitted to bar, 1990, Ohio. Education: Marquette University (B.A., 1984); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1987). COURSES: Administrative and Constitutional Law. Email:


DWIGHT B. KING, JR., (Librarian and Head of Research Services), born Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 7, 1955. Education: University of Michigan (B.A., 1977; J.D., 1980; M.L.S., 1981). COURSES: Legal Research. Email:


CARMELA R. KINSLOW, (Associate Librarian and Head of Access Services), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 15, 1945. Education: Indiana University (B.A., 1987; M.L.S., 1989); University of Notre Dame (M.S.A., 1991). Email:


MICHAEL S. KIRSCH, (Associate Professor), born Quincy, Illinois, December 10, 1962; admitted to bar, 1988, California. Education: Cornell University (A.B., 1985); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1988); New York University School of Law (LL.M., 1989). COURSES: Federal Income Taxation, International Taxation, Estate and Gift Taxation. Email:


SANDRA SUE KLEIN, (Associate Librarian, Technical Services), born Union City, New Jersey, October 28, 1959. Education: University of Illinois (B.A., 1981; Ed.M., 1983; M.S.L.I.S., 1988). Email:


LLOYD H. MAYER, (Associate Professor), born Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 18, 1967; admitted to bar, 1994, Pennsylvania; 1996, District of Columbia. Education: Stanford University (A.B., 1989); Yale Law School (J.D., 1994). COURSES: Election Law, Not‑for‑profit Organizations, Tax, Taxation of Business Enterprises. Email:


JENNIFER MASON MCAWARD, (Associate Professor), born Teaneck, New Jersey, September 24, 1972; admitted to bar, 2001, New York; 2001, District of Columbia. Education: University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1994); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Civil Rights, Habeas Corpus, Constitutional Law. Email:


MARK P. MCKENNA, (Associate Professor), born Evanston, Illinois, July 28, 1975; admitted to bar, 2000, Illinois. Education: University of Notre Dame (B.A., Economics, 1997); University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 2000). COURSES: Intellectual Property (Patent, Trademark & Copyright), Torts, Civil Procedure. Email:


JOHN COPELAND NAGLE, (John N. Matthews Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 27, 1960; admitted to bar, 1987, Kansas. Education: Indiana University (B.A., 1982); University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1986). COURSES: Property, Environmental, Legislation. Email:


CHRISTOPHER O'BYRNE, (Assistant Librarian, Research Services), born Stuttgart, Germany, October 29, 1974. Education: Reed College (B.A., 1998); University of Massachusetts (M.A.T., 2001); University of Washington (J.D., 2005; M.L.I.S., 2006). COURSES: Legal Research. Email:


MARY ELLEN O'CONNELL, (Robert and Marion Short Professor), born Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 25, 1958; admitted to bar, 1986, New York; 1986, District of Columbia. Education: Northwestern University (B.A., 1980); London School of Economics (M.Sc., 1981); Cambridge University (LL.B., 1982); Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 1985). COURSES: International Law. Email:


PATTI J. OGDEN, (Librarian, Research Services), born Texas, December 8, 1955. Education: Northwestern University (B.A., 1977); University of Texas (J.D., 1980; M.L.S., 1985). COURSES: Legal Research. Email:


WARREN D. REES, (Librarian, Research Services), born Carlinville, Illinois, August 27, 1956; admitted to bar, 1985, Wisconsin. Education: Minnesota Bible College (B.A., 1978); University of Michigan (A.M.L.S., 1986); Southern Illinois University (J.D., 1985). COURSES: Legal Research. Email:


JOHN H. ROBINSON, (Executive Associate Dean and Associate Professor), born Providence, Rhode Island, April 4, 1943; admitted to bar, 1980, Rhode Island. Education: Boston College (B.A., 1967); University of Notre Dame (M.A., 1972; Ph.D., 1975); University of California at Berkeley (J.D., 1979). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Legal Ethics, Estates and Trusts. Email:


ROBERT E. RODES, JR., (Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Corporation Professor of Legal Ethics), born New York, New York, May 29, 1927; admitted to bar, 1952, Massachusetts; 1959, Indiana. Education: Brown University (A.B., 1947); Harvard University (LL.B., 1952). COURSES: Administrative Law, Medieval Legal History, Jurisprudence, Ethics. Email:


VINCENT D. ROUGEAU, (Associate Professor), born Miami Beach, Florida June, 17, 1963; admitted to bar, 1989, Maryland; 1990, District of Columbia. Education: Brown University (A.B., 1985); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1988). COURSES: Contracts, Real Estate, Catholic Social Thought. Email:


JAMES H. SECKINGER, (Professor), born New Rockford, North Dakota, October 16, 1942; admitted to bar, 1968, Colorado; 1976, Indiana. Education: St. John's University (B.S., 1964); Vanderbilt University (M.S., 1968); University of Notre Dame (J.D., 1968). COURSES: Trial Advocacy, Deposition Techniques, Professional Responsibility, Evidence, Ethics in Advocacy. Email:


JOHN E. SMITHBURN, (Professor), born Noblesville, Indiana, November 21, 1944; admitted to bar, 1974, Indiana; 1989, England and Wales. Education: Indiana University (B.S., 1966; M.A., 1970; J.D., 1973). COURSES: Appellate Review, Family Law, Juvenile Law, Evidence. Email:


O. CARTER SNEAD, (Associate Professor), born New Haven, Connecticut, December 23, 1972; admitted to bar, 1999, Maryland; 2001, District of Columbia. Education: St. John's College (B.A., 1996); Georgetown University (J.D., 1999). COURSES: Torts, Bioethics, Criminal Procedure. Email:


JOSEPH W. THOMAS, (Librarian and Head of Technical Services), born Ramey Air Force Base, Puerto Rico, December 13, 1958. Education: University of Kentucky (B.A., 1980); University of Chicago (M.A.L.S., 1983). Email:


JAY TIDMARSH, (Professor), born Milwaukee, Wisconsin, February 20, 1957; admitted to bar, 1982, Wisconsin. Education: University of Notre Dame (A.B., 1979); Harvard University (J.D., 1982). COURSES: Torts, Civil Procedure, Remedies, Federal Courts, Federal Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Complex Civil Litigation. Email:


JULIAN VELASCO, (Associate Professor), born Perth Amboy, New Jersey, October 5, 1969; admitted to bar, 1995, New York, New Jersey. Education: Georgetown University (B.S., 1991); Columbia University (J.D., 1994). COURSES: Business Associations, Corporate Finance, Securities Law, Mergers and Acquisitions. Email:


CHRISTINE VENTER, (Director, Legal Writing Program), born Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, November 17, 1963; admitted to bar, 1985, South Africa. Education: University of Cape Town (B.A., 1983); University of Cape Town School of Law (J.D., 1985); Notre Dame Law School (LL.M., 1992; J.S.D., 1995). COURSES: Legal Writing, Gender Issues and International Law. Email: