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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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Church, State & Society fellows reflect on summer experiences

Author: Jonathan Hannah

Five Notre Dame Law students gained valuable exposure this summer in the area of religious-institutions practice. Sponsored by the Law School’s Program on Church, State & Society, each summer fellow assisted a religiously affiliated organization with legal services

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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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Program on Church, State & Society announces summer fellows

Author: Denise Wager

The Notre Dame Law School Program on Church, State & Society has awarded three summer fellowships to first-year law students Lydia Woods, Sarah Karchunas, and Kyle Smith. Each will receive a $10,000 fellowship award to work for a religious institution in a legal capacity this summer.

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Video: "The End of Religious Freedom?"

Author: Tocqueville Program

Daniel Mark, Chairman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, spoke "The End of Religious Freedom? Challenges from the Right, the Left, and Around the Globe"


The event video can also be viewed here.

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Program on Church, State & Society offers $10,000 Summer Fellowships

Author: Denise Wager

Notre Dame Law School’s Program on Church, State & Society will award up to four summer fellowships, in the amount of $10,000 each, to students working for a religious institution in a legal capacity for the summer of 2018.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for NDLS students to learn about religious-institutions practice and explore the many ways lawyers work at the intersection of church, state, and society,” said Richard W. Garnett, Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Corporation Professor and Director of the Program.…

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