• 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

Church, State & Society Fellows Reflect on Rewarding Summer Experience

Author: Denise Wager

The Notre Dame Law School Program on Church, State & Society awarded 2016 summer fellowships to law students Samantha Scheuler and Kristina Semeryuk.

These fellowships provided $10,000 in award money for the students to work in a legal capacity at a religious institution, said Richard Garnett, Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Corporation Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Church, State, & Society.

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Professor David Dalin to Speak at NDLS on 100th Anniversary of the Appointment of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brandeis

Author: Denise Wager

David Dalin, a Professor Emeritus of History and Politics at Ave Maria University, will speak to Notre Dame Law students and guests in a talk titled: “On the Hundredth Anniversary of the First Jewish Justice: Louis Brandeis and the Jewish Seat on the Supreme Court.” The event will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, in 1140 Eck Hall of Law.

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Faculty in the News

Professor Richard Garnett, along with John Inazu and Michael McConnell have published, How to Protect Endangered Religious Groups You Admire, in Christianity Today, on August 4.

Read Professor Richard Garnett's recent blog posts in America Magazine.  

Professor Richard Garnett is one of the contributors to a new book, The Constitutional Legacy of William H. Rehnquist,  devoted to Rehnquist's own influence on legal interpretation and the development of Supreme Court doctrine.

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

Sun Nov 13, 2016

Fri Mar 24, 2017

Book Roundtable

The Program on Church, State, & Society will hold a Book Roundtable on March 24, 2017.…

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