London Law at 50 Golden Jubilee

Notre Dame Law School students, faculty, alumni, and friends celebrated the 50th anniversary of the London Law Program from October 20-23 with a Golden Jubilee. More than 50 alumni and their family members traveled to the United Kingdom for the events. If you want to see the photos in a larger format, click on any photo below to view them in a slide show.

Saturday, October 20: Churchill War Rooms

The celebration started on the evening of Saturday, October 20, with a welcome reception at the Churchill War Rooms — the well-preserved basement offices that served as the command center for Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his inner circle as they plotted the route to Allied victory in World War II. Churchill's granddaughter, author Celia Sandys, joined the group to share family stories and her historical expertise. It was an unforgettable experience to learn about Churchill and World War II in this historic location.

Sunday, October 21: Mass at Westminster Cathedral and dinner at Middle Temple

On Sunday evening, The Right Rev. Paul McAleenan, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, welcomed the Notre Dame community during Mass at Westminster Cathedral. Rev. Jim Lies, C.S.C., concelebrated the Mass.

After Mass, the group enjoyed dinner at Middle Temple — an exclusive Inn of Court with numerous connections to the United States. For instance, five of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence were members of Middle Temple. The ornate Middle Temple Hall, where dinner was served, dates back to the 1500s.

Lord David E. Neuberger, former president of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, was the evening's keynote speaker. He compared the U.S. and U.K. legal systems and traditions, and he affirmed the value of the London Law Program. “The idea of giving law students a proper understanding of other countries by coming here, and other jurisdictions by studying around the world, is a very noble one,” Neuberger said. “It makes the student a more civilized person, generally, a more informed person, a more understanding person — which is particularly important in these times. But I think it also makes you a better lawyer. If you know about other systems of law, you can put your system of law in context.”

Monday, October 22: Academic seminar, "The Value of Comparative Law"

Alumni of the London Law Program — including five members of the program's first class from 1968-1969 — met with current students for lunch and tours of Fischer Hall, the home of Notre Dame's London Global Gateway. Fischer Hall, located next to Trafalgar Square, is home to all of the University of Notre Dame's academic programs in London.

Later in the afternoon, Fischer Hall hosted an academic seminar that included Professor Olivier Moréteau, the Russell B. Long Eminent Scholars Academic Chair at the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hébert Law Center; Stathis Banakas, an adjunct professor of comparative law in the Notre Dame London Law Program; Douglass Cassel, professor emeritus from Notre Dame Law School, and Michael Palmer, a professor of law at SOAS University of London and a barrister at Serle Court.

Tuesday, October 23: Gala at the Royal Horseguards Hotel

The Golden Jubilee's closing event was a gala at the spectacular five-star Royal Horseguards Hotel.

The historic building was taken over by the Ministry of Defence during World War I and World War II, and was used by MI5 and MI6. It also served as a place of relaxation away from Parliament for Winston Churchill, Lloyd George, and William Gladstone.

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