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Former Georgetown Law Instructor Pleads Guilty to Voyeurism, Awaiting Sentence
A former instructor at Georgetown University Law School, Rabbi Barry Freundel, recently pled guilty to 52 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism and will face sentencing in May. A lawsuit which implicated Georgetown for turning “a blind eye” is reportedly still pending.

Professor Charles Rice, Who ‘Epitomized All That Is Best’ at Notre Dame, Passes Away
Dr. Charles Rice, emeritus law professor at the University of Notre Dame, passed away on February 25, The Cardinal Newman Society learned in correspondence with law school faculty. Rice impacted many lives and contributed greatly to Notre Dame’s Catholic identity.

Canadian Christian Law School Wins Crucial Religious Freedom Victory, But Opposition Remains
The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia recently ruled that the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society could not coerce an Christian educational institution to discard its religious principles. Despite the recent victory, the University faces more opposition to its policy in the months ahead.

Catholic View of Abortion, Morality off Limits at Many Catholic Universities
The freedom to discuss topics such as abortion and sexual morality has been all but lost at many Catholic and Jesuit institutions of higher education, argues Father Robert Araujo, S.J. in a recent article at Mirror of Justice.

Georgetown Law School Named in Suit over Professor’s Alleged Voyeurism
Georgetown University Law School is facing a lawsuit filed by a third-year law student alleging that the law school “turned a blind eye” to the actions of an instructor charged with six counts of voyeurism, according to The Washington Post.

Ave Maria School of Law Granted Preliminary Injunction from HHS Mandate
Ave Maria School of Law’s president stated in an email that the victory was noteworthy because “it allows us to continue to practice our faith without being forced to compromise our beliefs.”

New Ave Maria Law Scholarships Available to Grads from Newman Guide Colleges
The Ave Maria School of Law announced new scholarships, beginning for the Summer/Fall 2015 term. “Ave Maria School of Law seeks to admit men and women who are drawn to our distinctive mission of educating lawyers within the Catholic intellectual tradition,” read the news release.

Students Flout Fordham Policy, Hand out Condoms at University Events
A new, but unrecognized group of students at Fordham University, the Sex and Gender Equity Safety Students (S.A.G.E.S) Coalition, recently distributed condoms and messages to students who attended the University’s homecoming events, according to The Fordham Ram.

Mount St. Mary’s U., Catholic University Form New Law Program Partnership
Two ­Newman Guide-recommended universities—Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., and The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.—recently formed a partnership that will allow students to earn both a bachelor’s and a law degree in six years.

Catholic University of America Profs Win Pro-Life Victories at Supreme Court
In recent weeks, law professors at The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law have played major roles in three victories at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Accreditation of Canadian Christian Law School Threatened Due to Morality Policy
A new law school at Trinity Western University prohibits students and faculty from sexual relationships outside of traditional marriage.

Professor Undermines Archdiocese’s Effort to Protect Schools’ Catholic Identity
In a recent opinion piece, law professor Charles Reid, Jr., opposes an effort by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to protect the Catholic identity of its schools, even while he teaches at a Catholic university.

Catholic Schools ‘Switching’ to Charter Schools, Study Finds
Charter schools must strip themselves of any Catholic identity during the school day.  Because of that, some have attempted to offer religious after-school programs.

Law Students Get Experience Defending Religious Freedom at Univ. of St. Thomas (Minn.)
Professor Thomas Berg created a Religious Liberty Appellate Clinic offering several law students each year the opportunity to draft briefs in important religious freedom cases.

Helen Alvaré to Deliver Commencement Address at Benedictine College
Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., announced that it will host Vatican consultor and George Mason University law school professor Helen Alvaré as its commencement speaker.

Georgetown Law Prof. Led U.S. Delegation to Papal Canonizations
John Podesta, who led the delegation for the Obama administration to the Vatican for the Mass of canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, is the former president of the pro-abortion Center for American Progress.

Boston College to Honor Pro-Abortion Rights Secretary of State John Kerry at Graduation
John Kerry, a Boston College Law School graduate and former senior US senator from Massachusetts, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the University’s 138th annual commencement exercises.

Gonzaga Law School Speaker Testified in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage
Gary Gates of The Williams Institute at UCLA will be speaking at the Gonzaga University School of Law on “LGBT Demographics and the Public Square” on Holy Thursday.

University of San Francisco to Honor Public Supporter of Same-Sex Marriage
The Honorable John V. Roos will receive an honorary degree and deliver the commencement speech on May 17 for the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Georgetown Law Center to Host Justice Kagan for Inaugural Dean’s Lecture
During her time working for the Clinton administration, Kagan, according to CNSNews, wrote a strategy memo in opposition to a bill that would outlaw partial birth abortion.

Fordham University Celebrates Former Pro-Abortion Congresswoman
Fordham University recently celebrated the life of the late pro-abortion rights politician Geraldine Ferraro by showing a documentary of her life directed by her daughter.

Catholic Education Instrumental in Life of Service, Says Colorado Catholic Charities CEO
Mark Rohlena said that Christendom College offered him an “immersion in things Catholic ”while also providing some of the “best of the intellectual tradition and a foundation for so many things that would come after graduation.”

Professor Argues for ‘More than Grudging Tolerance’ of Morality
Professor Sisk of the University of St. Thomas School of Law recently challenged the prevailing view in academic circles of contraception as a “positive social good” and made a plea for tolerance for those who disagree.

Catholic University of America to Host Cardinal Burke for Lecture
Presented by CUA’s School of Canon Law, Cardinal Burke will discuss “The Relation between the Apostolic Signatura and the Local Church.”

Controversial Professor to Lecture on ‘Prophetic Rhetoric’ at Holy Cross
College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., will be hosting Boston College’s controversial law and theology professor Cathleen Kaveny.

Transgender Activists, Professor to Challenge Law Enforcement at Jesuit Seattle Univ.
A law professor from the Jesuit Seattle University, whom one magazine called “America’s first openly transgender law professor,” will host an on-campus discussion with transgender activists next month.

Problematic Law Professor Kaveny Leaves Notre Dame for Boston College
Last year, Kaveny strongly defended the Obama administration’s HHS contraceptive mandate by claiming that the Obama administration is not attacking religious liberty, and any attempt by the bishops to say otherwise is a “canard.”

Abortion Activist to Lead Loyola Marymount Dialogue on Catholic Identity
The president of Loyola Marymount University has initiated “a series of campus-wide discussions” concerning the Jesuit institution’s Catholic identity, according to an email obtained by The Cardinal Newman Society.  

Georgetown MLK Celebration to Feature Pro-Abortion Rights Eleanor Holmes Norton
Just last week, Del. Norton accused pro-life Republicans of waging a “new war on women” for seeking to ban Washington, D.C., from spending taxpayer funds on abortion.

Ave Maria, Catholic Univ. of America 'Best Law Schools for the Devout'
The report indicates that Ave Maria was an easy choice for the number one spot on the list, noting that some law schools on the list "are stark about the relationship" to religion on campus.

Newman Society Mourns Pro-Life Hero, Friend of Faithful Catholic Education
In 1997, New Jersey attorney Richard Collier was appointed by his state’s Superior Court to represent an unborn baby in court. The baby’s mother was in jail and wanted to have an abortion...

Georgetown Cheers Reconfirmation of Professor, ‘Sexual Liberty’ Advocate to Federal Commission
"She is carrying on Georgetown Law's strong tradition of public service, and we are all tremendously proud of her," said Georgetown Law Dean William Treanor.

DePaul University Hosts Justice Breyer, Author of Partial-Birth Abortion Ruling
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will deliver a special address at the 20th annual Clifford Symposium at DePaul University College of Law in April, according to the University.

Student Group ‘DePaul Outlaws’ Promotes Fundraiser for 'Gender-Affirming' Surgery
An officially recognized student group at DePaul University College of Law is promoting a fundraiser to help pay for “gender-affirming” surgery to remove the breasts of a woman who identifies as a man.

Catholic Law School Professor Files Personhood Lawsuit…on Behalf of Chimpanzees
An adjunct professor at the St. Thomas University (STU) School of Law who once was quoted saying he sees no difference between a chimpanzee and his toddler son, has now filed a lawsuit seeking personhood for chimpanzees earlier this month.

Marquette Law Professor Accuses Hobby Lobby of Forcing Its Christianity on Employees
Professor Paul Secunda, who teaches courses on employee benefits, recently wrote on Marquette’s blog that he does not believe the HHS mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Save the Tick, Abort the Baby: A ‘Fetus Cannot Itself Have an Interest in Continued Existence’
DePaul University recently hosted a lecture by a radical animal rights activist who once compared raising animals for food to “concentration camps,” yet ironically is also an outspoken advocate for abortion.

Radical Pro-Abortion Georgetown Law Professor’s Court Nomination Faces Vote This Week
Georgetown Law professor Cornelia “Nina” Pillard’s nomination was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee last month for a seat on the 11-member court.  

Creighton University Law Professor Represents Underage Girl in Abortion Request
Creighton law professor Catherine Mahern, who also serves as the director of the University’s Abrahams Legal Clinic, represented the girl in the district court and the appeal to the Nebraska Supreme Court.

EXCLUSIVE: Georgetown Law Class Required to Work for Pro-Abortion Lobby
" students are being required to work for a pro-abortion lobby, making America's oldest Catholic university an active agent of the culture of death."

Pro-Abortion Catholic College Professor Resigns Ethics Post Over Dropped Abortion Coverage
A law professor at Santa Clara University has resigned from the university’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics in protest over the Jesuit institution dropping abortion coverage.

Dissident Notre Dame Theologian: Crackdown on Contraception has “Chilling Effect”
Cathleen Kaveny, a law and theology professor from the University of Notre Dame, said that “most progressive Catholics” believe they will “eventually win the day” on contraception. 

DePaul Univ. to Host Transgender Workshop
DePaul University will be sponsoring a workshop for students and professors to learn how to be “trans allies in the classroom.”

Transgender Advocate Teaches for Jesuit Seattle University
A law professor from the Jesuit Seattle University, whom one magazine called “America’s first openly transgender law professor,” delivered a lecture on transgender issues at DePaul University.

Embattled President of St. Louis University to Leave September 1
Fr. Biondi's retirement ends a period of great turmoil in the University which saw several no-confidence votes passed against Fr. Biondi by the faculty as well as student protests.

Professor Claims Jesus, Young People Unhappy with Sex-Obsessed Church
University of St. Thomas (MN) professor Mark Osler writes that like so many young people today, Jesus “did not make a big deal” about sex.

CUA Law Partners with Former Maryland Governor in Clemency for Prisoners Clinic
The clinic will include a workshop for governors and their staffs on the responsibilities of clemency powers and students will prepare pardon applications. Former Maryland Governor Ehrlich, however, was on the advisory board of Republicans for Choice when he ran for governor, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Senate Hearing for Professor Pillard Was Georgetown Law Reunion
It was a Georgetown Law School reunion of abortion-friendly alumni at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing Wednesday on Nina Pillard’s controversial nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court.

Hearing Today for Court Nomination of Radical Georgetown Law Professor
Georgetown law professor Cornelia “Nina” Pillard has written and said many things wildly at odds with Church teaching which call into question her fitness as a professor on a Catholic college campus.

Marquette Prof Celebrates Supreme Court Decision on DOMA
A law professor at Marquette University called the Defense of Marriage Act hateful and said that the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn it is a cause for celebration.

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