• 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

Program on Church, State & Society announces summer fellows

Author: Denise Wager

The Notre Dame Law School Program on Church, State & Society has awarded three summer fellowships to first-year law students Lydia Woods, Sarah Karchunas, and Kyle Smith. Each will receive a $10,000 fellowship award to work for a religious institution in a legal capacity this summer.

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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

Tue Mar 27, 2018

The Dignity of Politics: A Panel Discussion


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

The Lumen Christi Institute will present a panel discussion featuring James R. Stoner and respondents Justice Mary Jane Theis, Dan Cronin, and Larry Suffredin.

For more information and to register click here:  https://www.lumenchristi.org/events/1004

Cosponsored by the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago and Jenner & Block, LLP.

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Sun Apr 8, 2018

Touro Law Center's 5th Annual National Moot Court Competition in Law & Religion

Location: Alfonse D'Amato Federal Courthouse, 100 Federal Plaza, Central Islip, NY 11722

Touro Law Center is pleased to announce our Fifth Annual National Moot Court Competition in Law and Religion. The preliminary and semi-final rounds of the competition will take place at the law school. The final round of the competition will take place at the Alfonse D’Amato Federal Courthouse, located directly across the street from Touro Law Center in Central Islip, NY. Accommodations will be available within walking distance of the law school and the courthouse. Touro Law Center is located within an hour of New York City and the metropolitan airports.…

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