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Ní Aoláin Named One of Irish Legal 100

OCTOBER 11, 2010—Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin has been selected for the Irish Legal 100, an annual listing by the Irish Voice newspaper and Irish America magazine to honor the Irish in the legal profession. Hundreds are nominated for the listing, now in its third year, for their achievements and leadership in the law and pride in their heritage.

The Irish Legal 100 list includes justices, judges, professors, lawyers, attorneys general, and many other influential professionals. Among past recipients of the honor are U.S. Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy; head of Fordham University School of Law’s Center for Public Justice John Feerick; and state Supreme Court justices Anne Burke, Carol Corrigan, and Seamus McCaffrey.

Ní Aoláin, born in western Ireland, completed her Ph.D. and LL.B. studies at the Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She joined the University of Minnesota Law School faculty in 2004 and holds the Dorsey & Whitney Chair in Law. She is also Associate Dean for Research and Planning at the Law School. In conjuction, she also holds a chair in law at the Transitional Justice Institute based at the University of Ulster in Belfast.

From 2000-05, Ní Aoláin served on the Irish Human Rights Commission by appointment of the Irish Minister of Justice. In 2004, she was the first woman and the first academic lawyer that the Irish government ever nominated to the European Court of Human Rights, and she was nominated again in 2007. Currently she is an elected member of the Executive Committee for the Belfast-based Committee on the Administration of Justice and a member of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.

Recipients of the 2010 Irish Legal 100 award will be honored at a reception and award ceremony on Oct. 14, 2010, at the residence of Irish Ambassador Michael Collins in Washington, D.C.


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