• 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

Professor Carter Snead elected as Hastings Center Fellow

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

Notre Dame Law Professor O. Carter Snead, the William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, has been elected as a Fellow of the Hastings Center, the world’s first and most prestigious bioethics research institute.

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Journal of Law and Religion Publishes Brady Roundtable Papers

Author: Brooke Zentmeyer

The Program on Church, State, and Society held a roundtable conference last spring dedicated to Kathleen Brady's book The Distinctiveness of Religion in American Law:  Rethinking Religion Clause Jurisprudence. Participants in the roundtable each wrote a short reflection on the book for discussion at the conference. The Journal of Law and Religion recently collected those responses and published them in their November 2017 issue which can now be accessed on their website.

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Faculty in the News

Carter Snead was quoted in The New York Times, In British Baby's Case, Catholic's Views Aren't So Clear-Cut, on July 5.

Rick Garnett was quoted in The Washington Post, The Supreme Court Sided with Trinity Lutheran Church. Here 's Why That Matters, on June 26. 

Rick Garnett took part in an explainer video for The Federalist Society on Blaine Amendments, released May 9. 

Gerald Bradley was quoted in Our Sunday Visitor, High court puts pause on gender identity case, on March 9.

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

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