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Church, State & Society fellows reflect on summer experiences

 

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.

Read about their experiences here.

 

Alumni

Some of our alumni share their thoughts on the Church, State & Society Program at Notre Dame and how they are taking their unique experiences of exploring religion and law at Notre Dame and applying that insight to both their professional and personal lives.

 


Brian Murray

"The Church, State & Society Program provided an opportunity to consider some of the most important questions that are foundational to any legal system: the values and societal commitments underlying that legal system, the relationship between law and democracy, the functions of different branches of government, and the role of religion in public life. My studies at Notre Dame Law School laid the foundation for my pursuit of an academic career by allowing me to enter into dialogue with some of the finest legal scholars and thinkers throughout history and within the American tradition."

Brian Murray was one of ND Law's first Shaffer fellows and active in the Program on Church, State & Society. Since graduating from Notre Dame, he has gained a wealth of legal practice experience, having served as an assistant public defender at the Chester County Public Defender’s Office in Pennsylvania and as a staff attorney at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia. He was an Abraham L. Freedman Fellow at Temple University, Beasley School of Law, where he also earned an LL.M. in Legal Education. Most recently, Murray was a fellow at the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is currently an associate professor of law at Seton Hall Law.

Brian Murray, Associate Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law, Notre Dame Law School J.D. 2011

 


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"Notre Dame Law School provided an excellent foundation for addressing legal issues facing religious organizations today.  That has proved invaluable for my practice.  I represent The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a range of matters.  Most of my work involves litigation where the Church is a party or is subpoenaed as a third party.  These cases often raise important issues about the Church’s rights and protection from government intrusion—including judicial intrusion—into the Church’s affairs. 

 

At times religious liberty is clearly at issue and is at the heart of my representation of the Church.  I have, for example, defended the Church against lawsuits seeking injunctive relief to force changes in Church policy.  But religious liberty issues have also arisen in less obvious ways.  For example, some categories of Church records are protected from discovery regardless of whether the case is about the Church’s protected religious rights. 

 

My experience at NDLS prepared me to handle cases involving the freedom of religion regardless of the context in which they arise.  During my second year at NDLS, I took a class on the Establishment Clause from Professor Richard Garnett that was co-taught by Justice Thomas.  That class, as well as many others at NDLS, provided a foundation of knowledge that I routinely draw upon in my practice. "
 

Wesley Harward, STOEL RIVES LLP, Notre Dame Law School J.D. 2015

 

 


 

Hillary Byrnes, Assistant General Counsel at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C., Notre Dame Law School J.D. 2006

Attending Notre Dame Law School inspired me to think about how faith enters the public square and how the state affects religious institutions and individual believers. While at NDLS, I took a directed reading course where I studied the impact of certain governmental regulations on Catholic institutions. This ultimately led me to my current position as an attorney focusing on religious liberty and education law issues at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.”

Hillary Byrnes, Assistant General Counsel at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C., Notre Dame Law School J.D. 2006

 


Faculty

The Program on Church, State & Society brings together faculty from several interrelated departments across the university, including Theology, Philosophy, History, and Political Science, to promote research and facilitate diverse and thought provoking discussions on timely law and religious topics and issues.  Notre Dame faculty are frequently interviewed by the national media and invited to share analysis and commentary about the role of religion in politics and our society.    

Richard Garnett, Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School, Director of Church, State & Society Program

Richard Garnett (Program Director)

Professor of Law
Director of Program on Church, State, & Society

 


Robert Audi, University of Notre Dame

Robert Audi

John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy

 


Gerald Bradley, University of Notre Dame Law School

Gerald Bradley

Professor of Law

 


David Campbell, Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame, Church, State & Society Program

David Campbell

Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy
Department 
Chair, Political Science
Professor of Political Science


Paolo Carozza

Paolo Carozza

Professor of Law 
Concurrent Professor of Political Science 
Director, Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies


Patrick J Deneen

Patrick J. Deneen

Professor of Political Science
David A. Potenziani Memorial College Chair


Donald Drakeman, Visiting Fellow, Notre Dame Law School

Donald Drakeman

Fellow in Health Management at the University of Cambridge
Adjunct Associate Professor 

 

 


John Finnis, Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School, Program on Church, State & Society

John Finnis

Biolchini Family Professor of Law

 


Brad Gregory, Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, Program on Church, State & Society

Brad Gregory

Dorothy G. Griffin Professor of Early Modern European History

 

 


Mary Keys, Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame, Program on Church, State & Society

Mary Keys

Fellow, Medieval Institute
Fellow, Nanovic Institute for European Studies

 


Lloyd Mayer

Lloyd Mayer

Professor of Law

 


Vincent Munoz, Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame, Program on Church, State & Society

Vincent Phillip Munoz

Tocqueville Associate Professor of Political Science
Concurrent Associate Professor of Law
Director of the Tocqueville Program for Inquiry into Religion and Public Life 
and the Potenziani Program in Constitutional Studies

 

 


Daniel Philpott, Professor of Political Science, Director of Center for Civil and Human Rights,  University of Notre Dame,  Program on Church, State & Society

Daniel Philpott

Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies

 


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Emilia Justyna Powell

Associate Professor of Political Science


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William Purcell

Director of Catholic Social Tradition
Co-Director of Catholic Social Tradition Minor

 


David Sikkink, Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame, Program on Church, State & Society

David Sikkink

Associate Professor of Sociology
Faculty Fellow in the Center for the Study of Religion and Society and the Institute for Educational Initiatives


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Sarah Shortall

Assistant Professor of History


Christian Smith, Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame, Program on Church, State & Society

Christian Smith

Director of the Center for Social Research
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology
Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society 


Paul Weithman, Professor of Philosophy,  University of Notre Dame, Program on Church, State & Society

Paul Weithman

Glynn Family Honors Collegiate Professor of Philosophy