Notre Dame Law Students Slated To Argue Before Military Appellate CourtIL for www.theindianalawyer.comTwo Notre Dame Law School students will get the opportunity to argue before an international appellate court when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces hosts oral arguments at the school next week.The court, which has worldwide appellate jurisdiction over members of the armed forces on active duty and others subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, will hear arguments in the case of United States v. Edward Mitchell on April 4. Notre Dame 2L Sean Flynn will argue for the United States, the appellant, while 2L Dominic Barceleau will argue for Edward Mitchell, the appellee.In the case, Mitchell, a sergeant in the Army, was charged before a general court-martial at Fort Hood, Texas, with numerous offenses involving the sexual assault and harassment of his ex-wife. Mitchell was ordered not to contact his ex-wife, but he continued to communicate with her through smartphone apps.A military judge granted Mitchell’s motion to suppress the contents of his phone, which he had unlocked and handed over to an investigator. The case turns on issues of the Fifth Amendment’s self-incrimination clause and the Edwards Rule, which holds that police must stop interrogating a suspect after he invokes the Fifth Amendment right to counsel, as Mitchell did.The American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the U.S. Air Force have each filed amicus briefs in the case, as have Flynn, Barceleau and Notre Dame 3L Alyssa Hughes. Professors Jimmy Gurule, Marah McLeod and Stephen Smith will serve as the students’ supervising attorneys as they present oral arguments to the appellate court.“It’s extremely valuable for our students to see courts in action – especially a court as prestigious as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces,” Robert L. Jones, clinical professor of law and associate dean for experiential programs, said in a statement. “It’s a chance to see how judges think and how lawyers present arguments to a high-level court. The chance to argue at a court of this level in a real case is very unusual.”The oral arguments are open to the public and are scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. April 4 in the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom in the Eck Hall of Law.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management has announced more than $43 million in grants to improve the resilience of local communities and wildlife habitat in the face of increasingly severe and frequent natural disasters. The grants will support natural and nature-based infrastructure that will help people and wildlife recover from hurricanes Michael and Florence, Typhoon Yutu, and the California coastal wildfires of 2018, and be better prepared for future events.The 27 grants awarded will support projects in Alabama, California, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The grantees will also receive more than $54.7 million in funds from other sources to generate a total conservation impact of nearly $98 million.“This new Emergency Coastal Resilience Fundoffsite link supports conservation projects that strengthen natural systems at a scale that will help protect coastal communities in the states that were impacted by these disasters from the future impacts of storms, floods, wildfires and other natural hazards,” said Jeff Trandahl, CEO and executive director of NFWF. “These same projects also improve the ecological integrity and functionality of coastal ecosystems to support populations of fish and wildlife.”The projects supported by these new grants are expected to protect or enhance more than 20 miles of shoreline and nearly 8,000 acres of wildlife habitat.These 27 projects will use nature-based infrastructure such as living shorelines, wetlands, dunes, coastal forests, floodplain habitat and coral reefs to achieve the dual benefits of improving human community resilience while also improving the ecological integrity of coastal ecosystems that enhance fish and wildlife habitats.
(REUTERS) – The Indian cricket board (BCCI) will meet on Sunday to consider an additional revenue offer from the game’s world governing body but regardless of what decision they come to, a Champions Trophy pullout by the holders looks unlikely.Unaccustomed to being snubbed at the International Cricket Council (ICC) meetings, the BCCI was outvoted 13-1 last week in its bid to stall a new revenue model which considerably slashes India’s share from global events in the 2015-2023 cycle.Unimpressed by the $293 million forecast, down from the $570 million it would have received under the 2014 arrangement, the BCCI responded by refusing to name the squad for next month’s Champions Trophy before the April 25 deadline.ICC president Shashank Manohar, a former BCCI chief, has tabled an additional $100 million and the India board will discuss the offer at Sunday’s special general body meeting.The operations of the BCCI are currently being supervised by four court-appointed administrators and the head of the committee, Vinod Rai, told Reuters last week that it was “too early” to comment on a possible pullout of Champions Trophy.Another of the quartet, Ramchandra Guha, has since made it clear he wants India to defend the title they won in 2013 at the June 1-18 tournament in England and Wales.“Speaking in my personal capacity, as a cricket fan, I believe the Indian cricket team must absolutely take part in the Champions Trophy,” Guha, a historian, tweeted.“Boycotting or threatening to boycott a prestigious international tournament does not become a great cricketing nation.”Under the Members Participation Agreement for the Champions Trophy, there is no scope for sanctions for missing the deadline for naming squads.