Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Corporation Professor of Law
An expert in constitutional law—particularly the First Amendment freedoms of speech, association, and religion—Professor Garnett is founding director of the Notre Dame Program on Church, State & Society, and a concurrent professor of political science. He has been a member of the Law School’s faculty since 1999, and previously served as Associate Dean (2009–11) and Associate Dean for Faculty Research (2011–13). Professor Garnett is also involved in a number of efforts to advance Catholic Schools and reform education policy, and as such, is a fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives at Notre Dame and a founding associate of the American Center for School Choice.
Before coming to Notre Dame, Professor Garnett clerked for the late Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Richard S. Arnold and the late Chief Justice of the United States William H. Rehnquist. He received his JD from Yale Law School, where he was senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and editor of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities. Professor Garnett is author of the forthcoming book Two There Are: Understanding the Separation of Church and State, and editor of First Amendment Stories (Foundation Press 2011). His work has been widely published in journals like the Journal of Supreme Court History, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and the Cato Supreme Court Review, and his analysis and commentary also frequently appear in local, regional, and national media.
This professorship was created in 1988 by the Fort Howard Corporation of Green Bay, Wisc., to honor its former chairman and chief executive officer, Paul Schierl (’57, ’61 JD). A Notre Dame parent, Paul served on the Notre Dame Law School Advisory Council from 1981 to 2009.