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


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


Trump Move on Healthcare Religious Freedom Prompts Discrimination Fears

The Tablet

A year of living dangerously: Catholics and Donald Trump

Our Sunday Visitor

Pluralism, accommodation at core of cake case

National Catholic Register

Masterpiece Cakeshop Arguments Suggest Kennedy Again Holds Key SCOTUS Vote

Religion News Service

Supreme Court cake case laced with clashing ideas of religious liberty


Georgetown panel promotes John Courtney Murray’s legacy of pluralism, religious freedom

Associated Press

FEMA Rethinking Ban on Disaster Aid to Church Buildings

The New York Times

Where to Draw Line on Free Speech? Wedding Cake Case Vexes Lawyers

Associated Press

How Trump's Tweets, Outspoken Comments Affect Legal System

National Catholic Reporter

Contraception mandate: women's health or religious liberty issue?

The Washington Post

Civil liberties groups decry Sessions’s guidance on religious freedom

USA Today

AG Jeff Sessions issues broad guidelines to protect religious objections to public policy

Sen. James Lankford's misleading comparison about NFL protests, firing of high school football coach

National Catholic Reporter

Cakes and unions: Supreme Court cases with Catholic interest

Why does the Supreme Court care so much about wedding cakes?

The Tablet

US judicial group launches digital ads opposing 'religious litmus test'

The Atlantic

Will Trump Direct FEMA to Fund Churches Hit by Hurricanes?