Prof. Garnett presents at Villanova on Catholic social thought and the law

Author: Susan Good

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University of Notre Dame Professor of Law and Associate Dean Richard Garnett will present at the Joseph T. McCullen, Jr. Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and the Law at Villanova University School of Law on Saturday, Sept. 26. He will sit on a panel of legal scholars discussing “Courses on Catholic Social Thought and the Law.”

Garnett’s talk draws on his experience teaching a “Catholic Social Thought and the Law” class at both Notre Dame Law School and the University of Chicago as a visitor there. He says he enjoyed the seminar class immensely. “The goal was to approach this particular Tradition from the ‘outside,’ to identify its claims and proposals, and then to consider them and their implications, not so much as religious adherents but as lawyers, legislators, and citizens. The aim was not catechesis, but critical engagement and application.”

Garnett teaches courses on criminal law, criminal procedure, First Amendment law, and the death penalty. His areas of research interest and expertise include: school choice, Catholic social thought, Church / state relations, religion in the public square, free speech and expressive association, free exercise of religion, federalism and criminal law, and the death penalty.

Link to more about Garnett, including his CV and selected scholarship, at /people/faculty-and-administration/teaching-and-research-faculty/richard-w-garnett.