Denise Wagner | Feb. 13, 2014 | Notre Dame Law School
Associate Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court visited Notre Dame Law School the week of February 3, 2014, serving as the James J. Clynes Visiting Chair in Judicial Ethics. Over the course of the week, Justice Thomas co-taught with Professor Richard W. Garnett an intensive seminar on “Religious Freedom and the Establishment Clause.”
Justice Thomas, Professor Garnett, and 24 NDLS students spent the week closely examining the Establishment Clause’s text and context, as well as a wide range of commentary and Court decisions dealing with church-state matters and religious freedom. In addition, three outstanding First Amendment scholars – Professor Vincent Munoz, of Notre Dame’s Political Science Department, Professor Philip Hamburger from Columbia Law School, and Dr. Donald Drakeman, author of Church, State, and Original Intent (Cambridge University Press 2010) – contributed to the seminar. The Law School’s Program on Church, State, and Society, which Professor Garnett directs, co-sponsored these scholars’ visits.
Dean Nell Jessup Newton noted that, “During the Justice’s previous visit to Notre Dame, he expressed an interest in returning to campus for this particular course. We were honored and delighted by his interest, and the seminar was an incredible opportunity and experience for the students.”