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Notre Dame: Free Speech and Legal Education in Our Liberal Democracy

March 24, 2023 @ 12:30 pm

On March 24, 2023, the Center for Citizenship & Constitutional Government at the University of Notre Dame will host Judge Kyle Duncan for a hybrid in-person/live streamed discussion of freedom of speech and American democracy:

That a sitting federal judge was prevented from delivering remarks on the law at one of the nation’s most prestigious law schools is shocking, but perhaps not surprising. What happened at Stanford raises fundamental issues about the role of freedom of speech in legal education and the law. Perhaps even more importantly, we are led to ask: What is going on at our leading universities? Why is civil discourse and the exchange of competing ideas now seemingly impossible on college campuses? What does all this portend for education at our leading universities and also for our liberal democracy.

Friday, March 24, 2023 • 12:30 PM ET
150 DeBartolo Hall • University of Notre Dame

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Judge Kyle Duncan received his B.A. from Louisiana State University in 1994, his J.D. from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in 1997, and his LL.M. from Columbia Law School in 2004.

Duncan served as Appellate Chief for Louisiana’s Attorney General’s office from 2008-2012. From 2012–2014, he served as general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Before becoming a judge, Duncan practiced at the Washington, D.C. firm of Schaerr Duncan LLP, where he was a founding partner. He was appointed by President Trump to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on May 1, 2018.

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Notre Dame’s Center for Citizenship & Constitutional Government seeks to cultivate thoughtful and educated citizens by supporting scholarship and education concerning the ideas and institutions of constitutional government.

The Center aims to explore the fundamental principles and practices of a free society so that citizens and civic leaders are equipped to secure our God-given natural rights, exercise the responsibilities of self-government, and pursue the common good.

The Center aspires to further Notre Dame’s Catholic character and mission by providing a forum where, through free inquiry and reasoned discussion, the Catholic intellectual tradition is brought to bear on enduring and contemporary questions concerning a just constitutional order.

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