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Friday, May 7, 2021

Program on Church, State & Society Announces 2021 Writing Competition Winners

The Program on Church, State & Society at Notre Dame Law School is pleased to announce the results of our first annual writing competition. Open to law students nationwide, as well as recent law graduates not yet practicing law, the competition seeks to encourage scholarship related to the intersection of church, state & society, and in particular how the law structures and governs that intersection. This year’s winners and honorees were selected from a pool of very impressive essays:

 

First place: Civics in Yiddish: State Regulation of Language Instruction in New York’s Private Schools

Author: Stephen Rutman

Institution: Fordham University School of Law

 

Second place: Qualified Immunity and Religious Liberty

Author: Jacob Tyler Young

Institution: University of Virginia School of Law

 

Third place: Catholic Social Thought and the Role of the Prosecutor

Author: Zachary B. Pohlman

Institution: Notre Dame Law School

 

Honorable Mention: The SBA; Saving Biblical Affiliates

Author: Roxanne Reinfeld

Institution: University of Saint Thomas

 

Honorable Mention: Can the Reasonable Person Be Religious?

Author: Jack Vallar

Institution: University of Virginia School of Law

 

Fordham University School of Law 2L, Stephen Rutman, was awarded first place for his essay, Civics in Yiddish: State Regulation of Language Instruction in New York’s Private Schools. “ I am honored by the selection of my paper by the Notre Dame Program on Church, State & Society. My paper evaluates the constitutionality of recently proposed rules to heighten enforcement of New York’s requirement that private and parochial schools provide instruction “substantially equivalent” to the instruction offered in surrounding public schools. This award reflects the importance of this issue, which could significantly affect religious parents’ rights to direct the education of their children. I am particularly grateful to the Fordham Urban Law Journal, which will be publishing this piece and to Professor Aaron Saiger, who advised me in the project,” said Rutman.

Professor Richard W. Garnett, the Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Corporation Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Church, State & Society judged the essays. "The Notre Dame Program on Church, State & Society is pleased and proud to be able to honor a group of student-scholars who have produced outstanding studies of timely and interesting religious-freedom topics.  Dozens of strong papers were submitted for consideration, and we are confident that all who submitted will enrich the law-and-religion conversation," said Garnett.

The Program on Church, State & Society hopes to continue the writing competition. Details will be announced this coming fall. The primary goal of our Program is to enhance the law school experience for all Notre Dame law students interested in issues related to law & religion and religious liberty. Current and prospective students can learn more about Program offerings by contacting Jonathan Hannah, JD at [email protected]

 

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