The Program on Church, State & Society focuses on the role of religion in society and how law structures these relationships. In conjunction with the University's other colleges and centers, the program hosts conferences, workshops, and other activities and is committed to increasing legal scholarship in order to promote dialogue on the interaction of these dynamic, and often colliding, aspects of society.
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
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.
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.…
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.
A team of four Notre Dame Law School students won an international religious freedom moot court competition last week in Bologna, Italy
The Under Caesar's Sword project is pleased to announce the publication of our complete research findings, available now as a hardcover volume from Cambridge University Press.
The Ninth Annual Student Religious Liberty Writing Competition, sponsored by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at BYU and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, will award a total of $13,000 in prize money. Submissions are due July 1. More information can be found here: http://bit.ly/ReligLibWritingComp2018…
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.…
The Notre Dame Law School Moot Court Board recently hosted its Second Annual National Appellate Advocacy Tournament for Religious Freedom.
Ten moot court teams from across the country participated in the competition that was organized by NDLS students and was co-sponsored by the Law School’s Program on Church, State & Society…
New York Times columnist Adam Liptak mentions Professor Rick Garnett among the top legal scholars who have taken positions on the upcoming Supreme Court case.
Paul J. Schierl, Notre Dame Law alum, friend, and benefactor, died on Oct. 23 at the age of 82.
Professor Rick Garnett contributed to the Religious Freedom Institute's series of articles on the their Cornerstone blog concerning the Trinity Lutheran Decision and the Blaine Amendmants. His article, "A Firm Foundation for the Trinity Lutheran Decision…
Clockwise from top left: Margo Borders, Lauren Andrini, Robert Sikorski, and Catherine Gawron share their summer fellowship experiences
Four NDLS students spent their summer exploring legal issues at religiously affiliated institutions and gained hands-on experience at the intersection of law and religion. The summer fellowships were funded by the Law School’s Program on Church, State & Society…
In the American legal system, it’s a generally accepted view that judges should not disrupt the decisions of their predecessors unless they have a compelling reason to do so. The principle is known by the Latin phrase stare decisis – “to stand by things decided.” The goal is to preserve the law’s core without permanently entrenching every judicial mistake.
The key question is: When should judges break from precedent? After all, even Supreme Court justices disagree about the role of precedent in particular cases.