Patricia Bellia

Patricia Bellia

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William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Professor of Law

Office: 3157 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574-631-3866

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Areas of Expertise

Constitutional law, administrative law, cyberlaw, electronic surveillance law, copyright law

A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 2000, Bellia is a co-author of a leading cyberlaw casebook and has published several articles on Internet law and separation of powers. After earning her bachelor’s degree from Harvard, Bellia worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, serving as an editor for Foreign Policy magazine and co-authoring a book on self-determination movements. She then enrolled at Yale Law School, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal, executive editor of the Yale Journal of International Law and student director of the Immigration Legal Services Clinic. Upon graduation in 1995, Bellia clerked for Judge José A. Cabranes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the Supreme Court of the United States. Before joining the Notre Dame faculty, she worked for three years as an attorney-adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice. Since 2009, Bellia has served as the chair of the University’s Faculty Board on Athletics, the principal advisory group to the president on educational issues related to intercollegiate athletics. In addition to chairing the FBA, Bellia serves as Notre Dame’s faculty athletics representative to the National Collegiate Athletic Association.


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