Notre Dame, IN

A warm welcome to all of NDLS from the Student Bar Association. For all of my fellow 3Ls and the 2Ls, welcome back to our legal home under the Dome. And to our incoming 1Ls, we are all excited to have you start your legal journey here at Notre Dame. My name is Devan Patel, and for those whom I haven’t had the pleasure to meet yet, I will be serving as the President of the SBA this year.

Everyone is a member of the SBA. While we do have an Executive Board and Cabinet of student leaders working to help plan and organize, we are looking forward to each law student being an active member in the SBA. There will be one large lunch meeting each month in which we invite all law students to attend and learn about what is going on in the school that month! Look for more information about this on our website or the MMU (Monday Morning Update email, for all you incoming 1Ls)!

I am confident this year is going to be one of the best for NDLS yet. We have an amazing group of student leaders ready and eager to create a fun and community-focused atmosphere. We also thank Nell Newton for her years of service as NDLS’ Dean and welcome Marcus Cole as he begins his first year as Dean of NDLS.

We are all first and foremost here to receive our JDs, but here at NDLS, we have a little fun along the way. From thought-provoking lunch speakers, to our social outings on Thursdays and Fall Ball, to intramural sports, and of course, the Fighting Irish football games, we hope to enhance each law student’s three years spent in South Bend. Additionally, our Merchandise Committee will ensure everyone is sporting the newest NDLS apparel.

Law school can be a stressful period for many students—we are looking forward to putting students’ physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing front and center this year. Fr. Bill Beauchamp and Stella Miller are both here to support us during this three year journey, please do not hesitate to contact them.

Please feel free to contact me ( or our Vice President, Ian Michalak (, should you ever have any questions or concerns.

In Notre Dame,

Devan N. Patel