Jennifer Mason McAward
Director and Associate Professor of Law
Jennifer Mason McAward received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Notre Dame in 1994, majoring in Government and International Relations and minoring in Theology. Following law school, Professor Mason McAward served as a law clerk for Judge Alex Kozinski on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then for United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. She remained in Washington, D.C. to practice law, focused on litigating federal civil rights cases, representing children in abuse, and neglect proceedings. She returned to Notre Dame in 2005 to teach at Notre Dame Law School, and was named Distinguished Professor of the Year in 2007. She was appointed Director of the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights in 2016.
Professor Mason McAward currently teaches courses on civil rights, constitutional law, and habeas corpus. At a general level, her research considers how government institutions and actors promote individual constitutional rights. Her scholarship has explored the history of the Reconstruction Amendments and the power of Congress to pass legislation to enforce the rights created by those provisions. She has studied the role of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and of Fr. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., in particular, in advancing civil rights reforms. Her current research focuses on how judicial and executive actors can incentivize police and prosecutors to respect the pretrial due process rights of criminal defendants.
Dory Mitros Durham
Associate Director and Term Teaching Professor of Law
For the past ten years, Durham served the federal judiciary as a career law clerk to Hon. Kenneth Ripple. She previously held a Skadden Fellowship at Indiana Legal Services, providing holistic legal services to immigrant victims of violence throughout the state and training local law enforcement agencies on issues concerning immigrant communities.
Durham is a 2006 summa cum laude graduate of Notre Dame Law School, where she held the Fr. Michael D. McCafferty, C.S.C., Fellowship in Law and was the executive production editor of the Notre Dame Law Review. Durham earned her B.A. in the Program of Liberal Studies, summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 2001, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Before attending law school, Durham worked for the Office of Government Liaison at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and for the Midwest Immigrant and Human Rights Center. In both positions, she focused on issues relating to particularly vulnerable immigrant populations, including unaccompanied children, asylum seekers, refugees, and victims of human trafficking and other forms of violence.
Communications Program Manager
Kevin coordinates communications for the Klau Center and its academic program including news, web and print content, and event-related materials. He also serves as Senior Designer for the Dean’s Office of the Keough School of Global Affairs.
Kevin’s experience includes fifteen years as a designer and animator with WNDU and Golden Dome Productions. In 2001 he co-founded Imagine, a visual marketing firm in South Bend, delivering communications across print, web, and video media. He earned his M.A. in Art History from the University of Notre Dame in 2000 and has taught courses in art history, design, and visual literacy at Indiana University South Bend.
Sheila Christophorou joined the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion in October 2018. Sheila is responsible for working closely with both teams to provide day to day support on daily projects and various yearly events. Prior to joining Notre Dame, she served over 20 years working in academia as a Project Manager in the Community Development Office at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois and Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Engineering at Bradley University Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology in Peoria, IL. She completed her paralegal studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago.
Sheila spends time volunteering for The American Cancer Society and running yearly in Race for the Cure.
Riordan graduated from Saint Mary’s College with a degree in mass communications and English literature. After spending time abroad in Italy, Japan, India and Brazil, and traveling to more than 30 countries, she worked as director of client relations for an intercultural training firm in Chicago. She served as a primary organizer for the Sunburst Races in South Bend and has served as a member of several community boards.
Graduate Assistant, Advanced Study in Race, Justice, and Policing
Silas is in his second year at Notre Dame Law School, and is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the advanced study program on race, justice, and policing, a part of our "Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary" initiative.