Judge Amul Thapar to guest lecture at Notre Dame Law School

Author: Jonathan Hannah


Notre Dame Law School's Program on Church, State & Society is pleased to welcome Judge Amul Thapar of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit as a guest lecturer the week of October 26.

Judge Thapar will teach alongside Program Faculty Director and Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Corporation Professor of Law Richard Garnett in a Freedom of Religion seminar course offered to a select number of Notre Dame Law students. Thapar will also meet in small groups throughout the week with first-year law students affiliated with the Program on Church, State & Society.

As a guest lecturer, Thapar's expertise and knowledge will add tremendous value to the final week of this seminar course. President George W. Bush nominated him to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky on May 24, 2007, and President Donald J. Trump nominated him to the Sixth Circuit on March 21, 2017. He was the first Article III judge of South Asian descent.

"It's a great honor for Notre Dame Law School, and a special opportunity for our Freedom of Religion students, to host Judge Thapar as a co-instructor. He's given careful thought to freedom of religion's content, foundation, and limits, and his insights will help us understand the Supreme Court's recent and forthcoming First Amendment decisions," said Garnett.

The Freedom of Religion seminar course is not open to the public. Due to University and local COVID-19 guidelines, Judge Thapar will not be delivering a public lecture during his visit. Notre Dame Law students and prospective Notre Dame Law students with interest in the Program on Church, State & Society can contact Program Director Jonathan Hannah at hannah.7@nd.edu or 574-631-9898.

Originally published by Jonathan Hannah at churchstate.nd.edu on October 17, 2020.