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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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Justice Thomas Teaches Seminar on Religious Freedom

Author: Zach Allen

Chief Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court

Associate Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court visited Notre Dame Law School the week of February 3, 2014, serving as the James J. Clynes Visiting Chair in Judicial Ethics. Over the course of the week, Justice Thomas co-taught with Professor Richard W. Garnett an intensive seminar on “Religious Freedom and the Establishment Clause.”

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