Named Professorships

Nicole Stelle Garnett

Nicole Stelle Garnett

John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law

A leading scholar in property and land use law, urban development, and education policy, Nicole Stelle Garnett joined the Notre Dame Law School in 1999, and was named the John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law in 2015. Focusing her recent research on Catholic schools in urban areas, she coauthored (with Notre Dame colleague Margaret Brinig, the Fritz Duda Family Professor of Law) Lost Classrooms, Lost Community: Catholic Schools' Importance in Urban America, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2014, and also serves as a fellow of Notre Dame's Institute for Educational Initiatives and the senior policy coordinator for the Alliance for Catholic Education. She is also the author of Ordering the City: Land Use, Policing, and the Restoration of Urban America (Yale University Press, 2010), and has been published widely in major law journals.

Prior to joining the Law School's faculty, Professor Garnett clerked for Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and worked as a staff attorney at the Institute for Justice. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was an Olin Fellow for Law, Economics, and Public Policy. She has also held visiting scholar positions with the Northwestern University School of Law and the University of Chicago Law School. 

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In 1998, the John P. Murphy Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio, endowed faculty chairs in the Notre Dame Law School to attract and retain scholars of the highest distinction who would make contributions to the Law School’s mission of educating students about the moral and ethical dimensions of the law. The foundation was established by the late John P. Murphy, a 1912 graduate of the University, which presented him with an honorary doctor of law degree in 1952.