August 19, 2008
Catholic Social Thought, the Poor, and Law Schools
A couple of recent publications focus on the relationship between Catholic -- specifically Jesuit -- social thought, work on behalf of the poor, and law schools. Personally, in one of my early poverty law classes I do go into some of the beliefs of different religious groups, something I borrowed from Bill Quigley, and these two articles explore, and to some degree challenge, what Jesuit law schools are and should be doing given a commitment to the poor. Being a non-Catholic (though I married one) I will refrain from comment, but the articles are below:
- John M. Breen, The Air in the Balloon: Further Notes on Catholic and Jesuit Identity in Legal Education, 43 Gonz. L. Rev. 41 (2007). Abstract here.
- An earlier publication of Breen's that is related is: Justice and Jesuit Legal Education: A Critique, 36 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 383 (2005).
- Thomas More Donnelly, The Leaven of the World: Serving the Poor is Neither the Air in the Balloon Nor the Cherry on the Sundae, 43 Gonz. L. Rev. 607 (2007). Only available through Lexis or Westlaw.
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