Rick Garnett

Rick Garnett

Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Corporation Professor of Law
Concurrent Professor of Political Science

Notre Dame Law School

3164 Eck Hall of Law


  • Death penalty
  • Free speech
  • School choice
  • Catholic social thought
  • Church/state relations
  • Religion in the public square
  • Free exercise of religion
  • Federalism and criminal law
  • Supreme court
  • Criminal defense
  • Religious liberty
  • Education reform


Pro-life community debate prudence of new anti-abortion laws

The Washington Post

Televangelist Pat Robertson: Alabama’s abortion ban is ‘extreme’ and has ‘gone too far’

Los Angeles Times

Supreme Court is not eager to overturn Roe vs. Wade — at least not soon

The New York Times

Supreme Court Could Change Abortion Rights Without the Alabama Law

USA Today

Strict anti-abortion laws like Alabama's are aimed at Supreme Court, which may prove to be an obstacle

The New York Times

Alabama Aims Squarely at Roe, but the Supreme Court May Prefer Glancing Blows

Catholic News Service

New court battle not likely to set clear path for religious symbols

The Christian Science Monitor

It’s 40 feet tall and concrete. Is ‘Peace Cross’ a civic or Christian symbol?


Supreme Court Weighs Fate of 40-Foot Cross Built as War Memorial

Catholic News Service

Supreme Court's look at Peace Cross could clarify church-state stance

ABC News

Supreme Court to decide fate of cross-shaped WWI memorial in Maryland

The Washington Post

In Bladensburg Peace Cross case, Supreme Court’s Elena Kagan could have pivotal role

USA Today

Does a 40-foot Latin cross honoring World War I veterans violate the Constitution? The Supreme Court will decide.

On Point

Withstanding This Week's Polar Vortex, The Coldest Temperatures In At Least 20 Years


The Supreme Court could reinterpret the First Amendment in a conservative direction this term. Here's how

National Catholic Register

Catholic Pastor Challenges Delaware City’s Decision to Bar Nativity From Town Display


Globally and abroad, experts say religious freedom more than a ‘commodity’

The Catholic Church’s Accountability and Autonomy

Los Angeles Times

Kavanaugh hearing revealed the partisan divide, but not the nominee's real views on the law


Kavanaugh confirmation hearing: Abortion, immigration and other Catholic concerns

Catholic News Service

Despite hearing's drama, some say Kavanaugh won't make major changes

Legal and political analysis of Kavanaugh confirmation hearings as abortion documents snag spotlight on day 3

The Washington Post

Clearinghouse for Kavanaugh documents is a Bush White House lawyer, angering Senate Democrats


What does Pope's death penalty shift mean for Catholic politicians?

The Daily Beast

Charities Can Reject Foster Parents for Immigrant Kids Over Religion

National Catholic Reporter

Why Catholics and Jews dominate at the Supreme Court


Pro-Life Analysis of Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh


Notre Dame legal scholar: Supreme Court pick Kavanaugh ‘highly talented’

On Point

President Trump Nominates Brett Kavanaugh To Supreme Court


Catholics don’t see sweeping legal change with Trump’s SCOTUS pick


Roe v. Wade supporters alarmed by Supreme Court contender’s past statements

A Personal Case for Justice Amy Coney Barrett

Our Sunday Visitor

How could new justice affect Church concerns?


A former clerk assesses the legacy of Justice Anthony Kennedy, a ‘constitutional romantic’


On Trump, Supreme Court Is as Divided as the Rest of the Nation

Catholic News Service

Commentary: Two Supreme Court rulings