• 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

Faculty in the News

Vincent Philip Munoz was quoted in the Washington Examiner, Campus free speech problems abound, but suggested solutions are vague and few, on Sept. 18. 

Rick Garnett was quoted in the Los Angeles Times, Kavanaugh hearing revealed the partisan divide, but not the nominee's real views on the law, on Sept. 7.

Paolo G. Carozza has been appointed to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences by Pope Francis.

Rick Garnett was quoted in America Magazine, Why do Catholics make up a majority of the Supreme Court?, on July 18.

Lloyd Mayer was quoted in The Hill, $1 million donation to Trump inauguration traced to conservative legal activists: report, on May 15.

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

Read more Church State News here or Blog articles here

Upcoming Events

Fri Nov 2, 2018

Public Interest Information Session: Napa Legal Foundation


Location: 3130 Eck Hall of Law

John C. Peiffer II, President and General Counsel of the Napa Institute Legal Foundation, will discuss the integration of faith and work and the mission of the newly established Napa Institute Legal Foundation, which seeks to advance and promote religious freedom and freedom of conscience by providing legal, professional, educational, and spiritual resources for nonprofit religious organizations, legal professionals, and students aligned with the Catholic faith. Mr. Peiffer also serves as the CEO

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