• 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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GarnettRichard 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

In Memoriam: Professor Thomas L. Shaffer '61 J.D.

Author: Nell Jessup Newton

It is with deep sorrow that Notre Dame Law School announces the passing of Professor Emeritus and former Dean Thomas L. Shaffer, who died on February 26, 2019, after a long illness.

Visitation will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 1, at Little Flower Catholic Church, 54191 Ironwood Road in South Bend. The funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. and interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery on campus. After the interment, there will be a reception at the Morris Inn. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, Tom’s wife, Nancy, and the family have asked that contributions be made to the Thomas L. Shaffer Public Interest Fellowship

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Program on Church, State & Society to award summer fellowships

Author: Denise Wager

Notre Dame Law School’s Program on Church, State & Society will award several summer fellowships — in the amount of $8,000 to $10,000 each — to students working for a religious institution in a legal capacity for the summer of 2019.

This is an outstanding opportunity for students to experience a variety of career options that combine law and religion, and involve legal services to religious institutions of all types.…

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Faculty in the News

Rick Garnett wrote a memorial piece for Notre Dame Law School Professor Tom Shaffer, former dean of the Law School, for Prawfsblawg on Feb. 28.

Rick Garnett was quoted in the Deseret News, The Supreme Court could reinterpret the First Amendment in a conservative direction this term. Here's how, on Jan. 14.

Rick Garnett was quoted in the Crux, Globally and abroad, experts say religious freedom more than a ‘commodity’, on Nov. 12. 

Brad Gregory was highlighted by ND Newswire, Brad Gregory wins Expanded Reason Awards honorable mention, on Oct. 10.

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

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

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

Read more Church State News here or Blog articles here

Upcoming Events

Thu Mar 28, 2019

Fri Apr 12, 2019

Roundtable Book Discussion

Location: 3331 Biolchini/Civil Rights Reading Room

Roundtable book discussion with Rick Garnett and other legal scholars.…

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