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Prof. Richard W. Garnett

Associate Dean and Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School

Professor Richard Garnett teaches and writes about the freedoms of speech, association, and religion, and also about constitutional law more generally. He is a leading authority on questions and debates regarding the role of religious believers and beliefs in politics and society. He has published widely on these matters, and is the author of dozens of law-review articles and book chapters. His current research project, Two There Are: Understanding the Separation of Church and State, will be published by Cambridge University Press. Professor Garnett is regularly invited to share analysis and commentary in national print and broadcast media, and he contributes to several law-related blogs, including Mirror of Justice, PrawfsBlawg, and Law, Religion, and Ethics. He is the founding director of Notre Dame Law School’s new Program in Church, State, and Society, an interdisciplinary project that focuses on the role of religious institutions, communities, and authorities in the social order.

Professor Garnett clerked for the late Chief Justice of the United States William H. Rehnquist during the Court’s 1996 term and also for the late Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Richard S. Arnold.

Professor Garnett is closely involved with a number of efforts to improve and strengthen Catholic schools and to reform education policy more generally. He served on the Notre Dame Task Force on Catholic Education, is a Fellow of the University’s Institute for Educational Initiatives, is a founding Associate of the American Center for School Choice, and consults regularly with the Alliance for Catholic Education. He is also serves on the school board of St. Joseph Grade School in South Bend, Indiana.


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Publications and Multimedia
McCullen v. Coakley - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 7-3-14 featuring Erik Jaffe and Richard Garnett
July 03, 2014
Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Burwell - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 7-1-14 featuring Michael Moreland and Richard Garnett
July 01, 2014
The Establishment Clause
Engage Volume 12, Issue 2, September 2011
September 12, 2011
School Choice, Religious Freedom, and the Constitution(s) - Event Audio
The Indianapolis Lawyers Chapter
June 09, 2011
Christian Legal Society vs. Martínez - Event Audio/Video
2010 National Lawyers Convention
November 19, 2010
Judicial Interference With Community Values - Event Audio/Video
2008 Annual Student Symposium
March 07, 2008