Constitutional law scholars to discuss school choice

by Dennis Brown

Richard and Nicole Garnett, constitutional law scholars in the Notre Dame Law School, will make a joint presentation titled “School Choice and the First Amendment” at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 3) in the Coleman Conference Room, 1024 Flanner Hall, on campus.p. The talk is sponsored by the Program on the Social Organization of Schools in Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives and is free and open to the public.p. Richard Garnett joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1999 and teaches courses on criminal law, criminal procedure, First Amendment law and the death penalty. His areas of research and expertise include school choice, church-state relations, religion in the public square, free speech and expressive association, free exercise of religion, and federalism and criminal law.p. He is a graduate of Duke University and the Yale Law School and clerked for Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist. Before coming to Notre Dame he practiced law for two years at the Washington, D.C., firm Miller, Cassidy, Larroca&Lewin.p. Nicole Stelle Garnett also came to Notre Dame in 1999 after working as a staff attorney at the Institute for Justice, a nonprofit public-interest law firm in Washington, D.C., and clerking for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.p. A faculty fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives, she specializes in education reform issues and property and land use law. She was graduated from Stanford University and the Yale Law School.

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