• 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

Two NDLS Students Participate in Law and Religion Moot Court Tournament

Author: Denise Wager

NDLS students Kristi Denny and Daniela Peinado, both 2Ls, participated in the Touro Law Center 4th Annual National Moot Court Competition in Law and Religion. The tournament this year was about the scope of the First Amendment’s "ministerial exception." The ministerial exception is a doctrine in religious liberty law that was affirmed by the United States Supreme Court in the 2012 case of Hosanna-Tabor.

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NDLS Program on Church, State & Society Awards Summer Fellowships

Author: Denise Wager

Church, State, & Society Summer Fellows Clockwise from top left: Margo Borders, Lauren Andrini, Robert Sikorski, and Catherine Gawron are recipients of the 2017 summer fellowship awards from the Notre Dame Law School’s Program on Church, State & Society.

Lauren Andrini, Margo Borders, Catherine Gawron, and Robert Sikorski, all 1Ls, have each received a $10,000 fellowship award from the Notre Dame Law School’s Program on Church, State & Society to work for a religious institution in a legal capacity this summer.…

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Faculty in the News

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

Rick Garnett was quoted in The New York Times, Trump Is Expected to Relax Tax Rules on Churches Endorsing Political Candidates, on May 3.

Rick Garnett was featured in the video segment "Drinks with John" from Crux on April 26.

Rick Garnett weighs in on the Trinity Lutheran v. Comer case in CNN, Bloomberg, The Atlantic, and The Federalist Society.

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 Jun 15, 2017

Annual Law and Religion Roundtable

Location: Notre Dame Chicago

The Annual Law and Religion Roundtable is an informal, but organized subject-matter conference that brings together a mix of senior scholars and junior scholars in the field.

Panels include works in progress, early-state projects, and hot topics. Attendees are scholars from the legal field, and those in religion, history and other related areas.  One benefit of ALRR is that attendees get a real-time picture of what issues are coming to the foreground or fading to the background, and of changes in the center of gravity or consensus on law-and-religion issues.

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Fri Jun 16, 2017

Annual Law and Religion Roundtable

Location: Notre Dame Chicago

The Annual Law and Religion Roundtable is an informal, but organized subject-matter conference that brings together a mix of senior scholars and junior scholars in the field.

Panels include works in progress, early-state projects, and hot topics. Attendees are scholars from the legal field, and those in religion, history and other related areas.  One benefit of ALRR is that attendees get a real-time picture of what issues are coming to the foreground or fading to the background, and of changes in the center of gravity or consensus on law-and-religion issues.

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