Richard W. Garnett
Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Corporation Professor
Fields of Study: Constitutional Studies
3164 Eck Hall of Law
Professor Richard W. Garnett teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, criminal law, the First Amendment, and law and religion. He is a leading authority on questions and debates regarding religious freedom and church-state relations, and is the founding director of Notre Dame Law School’s Program on Church, State, and Society.
Garnett clerked for the late Chief Justice of the United States, William H. Rehnquist, and also for the late Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Richard S. Arnold. He earned his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1995 and his B.A., summa cum laude, from Duke University in 1990. He joined the faculty in 1999 after practicing law in Washington, D.C. with Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin.
Co-author of "Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment" (5th ed., 2022)
Co-editor of John E. Coons, "The Case for Parental Choice: God, Family, and Educational Liberty" (2023)