• 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

Associate Dean Randy Kozel develops a theory of precedent in new book

Author: Kevin Allen

In the American legal system, it’s a generally accepted view that judges should not disrupt the decisions of their predecessors unless they have a compelling reason to do so. The principle is known by the Latin phrase stare decisis – “to stand by things decided.” The goal is to preserve the law’s core without permanently entrenching every judicial mistake.

The key question is: When should judges break from precedent? After all, even Supreme Court justices disagree about the role of precedent in particular cases.

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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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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.

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