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Founding Fathers Religious Liberty Writing Competition

Author: Denise Wager

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society announces the 6th Annual Religious Liberty Writing Competition, made possible by the Jack P. Peterson and Maude Birkin Peterson Endowment.  The purpose of the writing competition is to promote legal and academic studies in the field of religious liberty by law students and students pursuing related graduate studies. Students who have graduated from law school but who are not yet practicing law due to clerkships or other similar pursuits are also invited to submit papers.

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In Memoriam: Charles E. Rice

Author: Dean Nell Jessup Newton

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God. Country. Notre Dame.

Perhaps no man in recent memory has better embodied the motto inscribed over the door to the Sacred Heart Basilica than Professor Charles E. Rice. A devout Catholic, a Marine, a professor, and a coach, Professor Rice did it all, and always with an abounding sense of humor and purpose. It is therefore with a heavy heart that the Law School announces his passing on February 25, 2015.

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NDLS Team Wins National Moot Court Tournament

Author: Denise Wager

National Religious Freedom Moot Court Tournament, Notre Dame Law School

After four rounds of competition, NDLS students Sarah Gallo and Patrick Duffey (with Jae Kim on the brief) were declared the winners of the National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition February 7.

The competition, held at George Washington Law School in Washington, D.C., featured two days of arguments and several dozen teams from law schools across the nation. The final round, against Roger Williams University School of Law, was argued before Judge Pamela Harris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Judge David Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Justice Don Willett of the Supreme Court of Texas

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Professor Richard Garnett Responds to Holt v Hobbs Supreme Court Decision

Author: Denise Wager

Professor Richard Garnett responds to the Supreme Court's Holt v Hobbs unanimous opinion, upholding the religious-liberty claim of a Muslim prison inmate in Arkansas who challenged the prison's strict grooming policy under the Federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).

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In Memoriam: Schierl/Ft. Howard Professor Emeritus Robert E. Rodes Jr.

Author: Denise Wager

Robert Rodes, University of Notre Dame Law School, Program on Church, State & Society

It is with a heavy heart that the Law School announces the death of Professor Emeritus Robert E. Rodes Jr., who passed away Tuesday morning, November 25, 2014.
 
Professor Rodes joined the Notre Dame Law School faculty in 1956 as an assistant professor of law, achieved the rank of associate professor of law in 1958 and was named professor of law in 1963. In 2000, the University honored him for his more than 40 years of teaching and scholarship in the fields of legal ethics and jurisprudence by naming him the first permanent holder of the Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Paper Corporation Chair in Legal Ethics.…

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Professor Richard Garnett Presents at Princeton University Conference on "Religious Accommodations, Civil Rights, and Pluralism"

Author: Denise Wager

Professor Richard Garnett, Director of the Law School's Program on Church, State & Society, participated in a recent conference at Princeton University, sponsored by the Program in Law and Public Affairs, on "Religion, Rights, and Institutions."  The event brought together scholars from a variety of disciplines and focused on how "institutional design, of both religions and political regimes, affects the relationship between religious practice and activity and human rights.  It examined how the internal organization (formal and informal structures and rules) of religions and religious communities affect the rights of members of religious communities and the functioning of religion as a source of human rights.  And, it investigated the scope of, and limits upon, a just state’s authority to compel changes in the internal aspects of organized religion in the name of human rights.

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Paul Quast Wins Writing Award from Religious Freedom Student Writing Competition

Author: Denise Wager

Paul Quast, Notre Dame Law School, 2014 Religious Freedom Student Writing Competition Winner

Notre Dame Law School student Paul Quast has received second place honors for his paper, Religion’s Jurisdiction, from the 2014 Religious Freedom Student Writing Competition sponsored Washington D.C. Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies. …

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ND Expert: SCOTUS ruled correctly on legislative prayer

Author: Denise Wager

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on Monday (May 5) handed down its decision in Town of Greece, NY v. Galloway and reversed the lower court’s ruling that the town’s legislative prayer policy violated the First Amendment.

University of Notre Dame Law Professor Richard W. Garnett, a former SCOTUS law clerk, says, “The court’s ruling is the correct one and does not come as a surprise. Most observers expected a majority of the justices to conclude that the town’s policy was consistent with longstanding American traditions and with the court’s own prior decisions. What is fairly surprising, though, is that four justices dissented.”

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The Mighty and the Almighty Book Discussion

Author: Denise Wager

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The Program on Church, State, & Society recently hosted a roundtable book discussion on Nicholas Wolterstroff's book, The Mighty and The Almighty: An Essay in Political Theology. Several legal thinkers participated in a lively, thought-provoking discussion.

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