• 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

Summer Fellowship Opportunity

Author: Denise Wager

The Notre Dame Law School's Program on Church, State & Society focuses on the role of religion in society and how law structures these relationships. In conjunction with the University's other colleges and centers, the program hosts conferences, workshops and other programs and is committed to increasing legal scholarship in order to promote dialogue on the interaction of these three dynamic, and often, colliding, aspects of society.

The Program will award up to two Fellowships for the summer of 2015 to students working for a religious institution in a legal capacity. 

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Faculty in the News

Professor Richard Garnett provides insight on the Supreme Court license plate case. He was quoted in the CNN article, Supreme Court Takes on Specialty Plates, and in the Bloomberg Law podcast on March 23, 2015.

Professor Richard Garnett speaks on KPCC's AirTalk with Larry Mantle on the issue of morality clauses and teacher classification in the San Francisco Area Catholic schools.  Listen to the segmant here.

Professor Richard Garnett weighs in on the Supreme Court case of EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores Inc. in the Religious News article, Supreme Court Wrestles with Accomodating Religious Faith on the Job, on February 25.

Professor Richard Garnett was quoted in the Indianapolis Star article, Indiana Religious Freedom Bills Fraught with Rhetoric, on February 7.

Professor Lloyd Mayer was quoted in the Huffington Post article, New IRS Rules on Dark Money Likely Won't be Ready Before 2016 Elections, on January 5.

Read Professor Garnett's latest blog entry on The Mirror of Justice.

Read more Church State News here or Blog articles here

Upcoming Events

Fri May 1, 2015