Gerard V. Bradley
Professor of Law
Gerard V. Bradley, a noted scholar in the fields of constitutional law as well as law and religion, joined the faculty of the Notre Dame Law School as a professor in 1992, having taught at the University of Illinois from 1983 to 1992. He earned his B.A. from Cornell University in 1976 and his J.D. from the Cornell Law School in 1980. Admitted to the New York Bar in 1981, he practiced law as an assistant district attorney with the New York County District Attorney’s Office from 1980 to 1983.
Professor Bradley participates in numerous professional organizations that involve the study of law and religion and related constitutional issues. With Professor John Finnis, he has served as director of Notre Dame’s Natural Law Institute and as co-editor of the institute’s American Journal of Jurisprudence since 1996. He is president of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, vice president of the American Public Philosophy Institute, member of the board of advisors of the Cardinal Newman Society, chair of the Federalist Society’s Religious Liberties Practice Group, member of the Ramsey Colloquium on Theological Issues and member of the board of advisors of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists.
Professor Bradley teaches in Notre Dame’s Trial Advocacy program, long considered to be among the top-10 such programs in the country. He has also developed a legal-externship program and related ethics course in which students earn credit by assisting actual public defenders in representing indigent clients at the St. Joseph County (Indiana) Court, Trial and Misdemeanor Division.
Courses TaughtLAW70359, Constitutional Criminal Procedure
LAW70803, Legal Externship-Public Defender-Ethics
LAW75733, Legal Externship-Public Defender
LAW75735, Legal Externship-Public Defender
LAW75709, Trial Advocacy Comprehensive
Catholicism in the Public Domain (Saint Augustine’s Press 2012).
Essays on Law, Religion and Morality (Saint Augustine’s Press 2012).
Challenges to Religious Liberty in the Twenty-First Century (edited) (Cambridge, 2011).
A Brief History of Religious Liberty in American (Heritage 2008).
A Student’s Guide to Law (ISI, 2006).
Same-Sex Attraction: A Parent’s Guide (edited, with Rev. John Harvey, OSFS) (St. Augustine’s Press, 2003).
Science and Faith (edited, with D. DeMarco)(St. Augustine’s Press, 2000).
Catholicism, Liberalism and Communitarianism: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition and the Moral Foundations of Democracy (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 1995).
Set No Limits: A Rebuttal to Daniel Callahanâs Proposal to Limit Health Care for the Elderly (R. Barry and G. Bradley eds., University of Illinois Press 1991).
Church-State Relationships in America (Greenwood Press 1987).
Inescapably a Liberal: Richard Rorty as Social Theorist, in Liberalism at the Crossroads 135 (C. Wolfe and J. Hittinger eds., Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 1994).
Beyond Murray's Articles of Peace and Faith, in The Thought of John Courtney Murray 181 (K. Grasso and R. Hunt eds., Eerdmans 1992).
Professor Bradley has published numerous articles on the topics of constitutional law as well as law and religion, including:
Religion at a Public, University, 49 William and Mary Law Review 2217-2263 (2008).
Response to Endicott: The Case of Wise Electrician, 50 American Journal of Jurisprudence 257-262 (2005).
Response to an article by Timothy Endicott in this issue, p. 233; Symposium on Natural Law and Natural Rights.
Law and the Culture of Marriage, 18 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy 189-217 (2004).
Retribution: The Central Aim of Punishment, 27 Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy 19-31 (2003).
Unconstitutional Stereotype: Catholic Schools as Pervasively Sectarian, 7 Texas Review of Law & Politics 1-24 (2002).
Same-Sex Marriage: Our Final Answer?, 14 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy 729-752 (2000).
Retribution and the Secondary Aims of Punishment, 44 American Journal of Jurisprudence 105-123 (1999).
Plea Bargaining and the Criminal Defendant's Obligation to Plead Guilty, 40 South Texas Law Review 65-82 (1999).
Catholic Faith and Legal Scholarship, 47 Journal of Legal Education 13 (1997).
Marriage and the Liberal Imagination, with Robert P. George, 84 Georgetown Law Journal 301 (1995).
The New Constitutional Covenant, 9 The World and I 359 (1994).
Life's Dominion: An Argument About Abortion, Euthanasia, and Individual Freedom, 69 Notre Dame Law Review 329 (1993).
The Right of Privacy, Sustained (The Rehnquist Court), 1993 Public Interest Law Review 41 (1992).
Beguiled: Free Exercise Exemptions and the Siren Song of Liberalism, 20 Hofstra Law Review 245 (1991).
The Curran Case, 2 Ius Ecclesiae 193 (1990).
Dogmatomachy - A "Privatization" Theory of the Religious Clause Cases, 30 St. Louis University Law Journal 275 (1986).
71 Notre Dame Law Review 671 (1996) (reviewing Robert George, Making Men Moral (1994)).
LX New Oxford Review 30 (reviewing John M. Finnis, Moral Absolutes (1993)).
Areas of Expertise
- Church & State Doctrine
- Constitutional Criminal Procedure
- Constitutional History
- Constitutional Interpretation
- Constitutional Interpretation (History of)
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law & Procedure
- Education Reform & Policy
- Law & Religion
- Natural Law Theory
- Trial Practice
In the NewsJudge in gay marriage case subject to speculation - The Associated Press (Quotes: Gerard Bradley) August 6, 2010
Why Has Media Ignored Judge's Possible Bias In California's Gay Marriage Case? - FOXNews (Opinion: By: Gerard Bradley) August, 4, 2010
What Kind of Justice Would Kagan Be? (Quotes: Gerard Bradley) - National Catholic Register, June 28, 2010