Richard Garnett

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Contact information

Richard W. Garnett
Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Research

Notre Dame Law School
3164 Eck Hall of Law
University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN 46656
574-631-6981
fax: 574-631-4197

rgarnett@nd.edu

Degrees

B.A., philosophy, Duke University
J.D., Yale University

Honors/awards

Commitment Award, ND Black Law Students Association, 2004
Charles Crutchfield Professorial Excellence Award, ND Black Law Students Association, 2001

Educational research interests

School choice, Catholic social thought, education reform and policy

Select publications

Briefly Noted, First Things (March 2008) (reviewing Philip Bess,Till We Have Built JerusalemArchitectureUrbanism, and the Sacred (2006)).

Briefly Noted, First Things (Oct. 2007) (reviewing Patrick M. Garry, Wrestling With God: The Courts' Tortuous Treatment of Religion (2007)).

"A Matter of Opinion: Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.," Liberty (Nov./Dec. 2007).

"Religion and Group Rights: Are Churches (Just) Like the Boy Scouts?," 22 St. John's Journal of Legal Commentary 515 (2007).

"Pluralism, Dialogue, and Freedom: Professor Robert Rodes and the Church-State Nexus," 22 Journal of Law & Religion 503 (2007).

Bio

Richard W. Garnett is associate professor of law at Notre Dame Law School, where he teaches and writes about criminal law, capital punishment, religious freedom, and the freedom of speech. He received his B.A. in philosophy summa cum laude from Duke University in 1990, and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1995. At Yale, he served as senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and as editor of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities. Prof. Garnett also spent a year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, working on juvenile justice and prison reform issues in San Francisco, Calif. Before coming to Notre Dame, he served as law clerk to Chief Justice Rehnquist during October Term 1996 and to then-Chief Judge Richard S. Arnold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He practiced law at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin, specializing in criminal defense, religious liberty, and education reform matters. He lives in South Bend, Ind., with his wife, Prof. Nicole Stelle Garnett, and three children, Margaret, Thomas, and Elizabeth.

Contact Information

garnett_richard Richard W. Garnett
Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Research
3164 Eck Hall of Law
574.631.6981
rgarnett@nd.edu

Department/affiliation

Law

Degrees

J.D. Yale University
B.A. Philosophy, Duke University

Research interests

Constitutional Law, Religious Freedom, Church-State Relations, Catholic Social Thought, Education Reform and Policy

Honors/awards

Commitment Award, ND Black Law Students Association, 2004
Charles Crutchfield Professorial Excellence Award, ND Black Law Students Association, 2001

Select publications

Briefly Noted, FIRST THINGS (March 2008) (reviewing PHILIP BESS,TILL WE HAVE
BUILT JERUSALEMARCHITECTUREURBANISMAND THESACRED (2006)).

Briefly Noted, FIRST THINGS (Oct. 2007) (reviewing PATRICK M.GARRYWRESTLING
WITH GODTHE COURTS’ TORTUOUS TREATMENT OF RELIGION(2007)).

A Matter of Opinion: Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.,LIBERTY (Nov./
Dec. 2007).

Religion and Group Rights: Are Churches (Just) Like the Boy Scouts?, 22 ST. JOHN’S J.
LEGCOMMENT. 515 (2007).

Pluralism, Dialogue, and Freedom: Professor Robert Rodes and the Church-State
Nexus, 22 J. L. & RELIGION 503 (2007).

Bio

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 and PrawfsBlawg. 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.