February 12, 2005
CrimProf Spotlight: Notre Dame Law's Richard W. Garnett
"I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and spent most of my school years as the only Roman Catholic at a small, non-denominational Protestant school. After switching to and graduating from, a large public high school, I went to college at Duke University, where I studied philosophy, played guitar, and watched a lot of basketball. During my senior year, I had a chance to read and write about Liberation Theology, which inspired an interest in the work of Latin American Jesuits and, in turn, the decision to do a year's worth of volunteer service in San Francisco with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. During that year, I worked with a non-profit organization on a number of criminal-justice issues and also developed an interest in the capital-punishment debate. This experience prompted me, once I arrived at Yale Law School, to focus on similar matters in my academic work and in my summer employment, and I was lucky to have the chance to work with both the Arizona Capital Representation Project and the Federal Public Defender's office in Phoenix.
After graduation, I worked for two years as a law clerk, first for Judge Richard S. Arnold, an inspiring man who passed away recently, and then for Chief Justice Rehnquist. Next, I practiced law for two years with a small firm in Washington, D.C., and was able to work on a wide range of interesting religious-freedom and criminal-defense cases while learning from brilliant, decent people. In 1999, I joined the faculty at Notre Dame Law School, where I teach courses on criminal law and procedure, the First Amendment, and capital punishment. I have also written a few amicus curiae briefs in criminal cases before the Supreme Court, and served as co-counsel to a death-row inmate on whose case I had worked years before as a first-year law student.
In my research and writing, I am trying to (among other things) integrate my religious commitments, my interest in law-and-religion questions, and my criminal-defense experiences. For example, I am exploring the implications for the death-penalty debate, and for punishment theory more generally, of a religiously grounded "moral anthropology. That is, I am trying to work out whether and how our account of what the human person is might shape ourcriminal-law doctrines, arguments, and conclusions.
Garnett has published the following articles: The Theology of the Blaine Amendments; The New Federalism, the Spending Power, and Federal Criminal Law; Dow Jones & Company Inc v Gutnick: An Adequate Response to Transnational Internet Defamation?; Assimilation, Toleration, and the State's Interest in the Development of Religious Doctrine; and Perils of Publishing on the Internet: Broader Implications of Dow Jones v Gutnick.
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Another great profile. I've enjoyed reading articles by Rick Garnett, as well as his blogging at Mirror of Justice.
Posted by: Kaimi | Feb 17, 2005 1:52:34 PM