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

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

National Catholic Register

US Supreme Court Issues Narrow Ruling in Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case


Colorado baker case hints at how Supreme Court will rule on Trump travel ban

Catholic News Agency

Oklahoma bishops praise new protections for Catholic adoption agencies

The Atlantic

When Betsy DeVos Comes to a Catholic Campus


What’s more dangerous than a dictatorship of relativism? A dictatorship of positivism.


In Vermont, the latest clash between public money and the Catholic Church

Weighing The Legal Odds Of The Latest ACA Challenge