• Church, State, & Society

    Church, State, & Society

    The Exploration of Church and State at Notre Dame Law School

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  • Exploration and Discussion

    Exploration and Discussion

    Faculty and Students Engage in Diverse Law and State Discussions and Research

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  • Student Perspective

    Student Perspective

    Our students are challenged as they explore religious issues within the law

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Richard Garnett, Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School, Director of Church, State & Society ProgramRichard Garnett,
Director of Church, State & Society Program

Welcome to the Program on Church, State & Society

This Program focuses on the intersection of Church, State & Society and how the law structures and governs that intersection. Through a variety of programs we encourage scholarship and meaningful conversation on the role of religious institutions, communities and authorities in the social order and at the same time highlights the important role they play in the content and protection of religious freedom. 

Learn more here about our Program, including our upcoming events and faculty research



Recent News

Faculty in the News

Carter Snead was quoted in The New York Times, In British Baby's Case, Catholic's Views Aren't So Clear-Cut, on July 5.

Rick Garnett was quoted in The Washington Post, The Supreme Court Sided with Trinity Lutheran Church. Here 's Why That Matters, on June 26. 

Rick Garnett took part in an explainer video for The Federalist Society on Blaine Amendments, released May 9. 

Gerald Bradley was quoted in Our Sunday Visitor, High court puts pause on gender identity case, on March 9.

Read Rick Garnett's latest blog entry on The Mirror of Justice.

Read more Church State News here or Blog articles here

Upcoming Events

Thu Nov 16, 2017

Mon Nov 20, 2017

Trinity Lutheran and the Future of Public Funding for Religious Entities: A Conversation with Richard Garnett and Andrew Koppelman


Location: Jenner & Block, 45th Floor 353 N Clark St. Chicago, IL 60654


The Lumen Christi Institute presents "Trinity Lutheran and the Future of Public Funding for Religious Entities: A Conversation with Richard Garnett and Andrew Koppelman".

Should a religious institution be denied public funding solely because it is owned and operated by a church entity? The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer decided that the state of Missouri violated the Free Exercise Clause by disqualifying a religious school from a state program. …

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