Notre Dame: “The Battle for Barrett,” a Panel Discussion

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Constitutional Studies Program: “The Battle for Barrett: The Supreme Court Nomination of Any Coney Barrett and the Confirmation Battle Before Us


On October 6, 2020, the Potenziani Constitutional Studies Program, a JMC partner program, and the Tocqueville Program at the University of Notre Dame will be holding a virtual panel on the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett and the upcoming confirmation process. Panelists will include JMC fellow Christina Bambrick, former Indiana senator Joseph Donnelly, and JMC faculty partners Richard Garnett and Vincent Phillip Muñoz.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 12:45 PM, EDT
A virtual lecture through Zoom

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Christina Bambrick is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. Her research and teaching interests range from American and comparative constitutionalism to republican theory and the history of political thought. Her publications include the articles, “Horizontal Rights: A Republican Vein in Liberal Constitutionalism,” in Polity in 2020, and “‘Neither Precisely National Nor Precisely Federal’: Governmental and Administrative Authority in Tocqueville’s Democracy in America,” in Publius: The Journal of Federalism in 2018. She is currently writing a book manuscript on the horizontal application of rights to non-state actors in comparative context. Before coming to Notre Dame, Professor Bambrick taught at Clemson University. She received her doctorate in Government from the University of Texas at Austin where she was recognized for Excellence in Teaching by the College of Liberal Arts.

Professor Bambrick is a JMC fellow.

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Joseph Donnelly is a partner at Akin Gump, Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. He previously served on Capitol Hill for 12 years, including one term as U.S. Senator and three terms as a U.S. Representative. He now advises clients in the financial services, defense and health care industries on a host of public policy and government relations issues. While serving in the Senate, Mr. Donnelly served on a number of committees, including the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, where he was the Ranking Member of the National Security and International Trade and Finance Subcommittee; the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, where he was the Ranking Member of the Commodities, Markets, Trade and Risk Management Subcommittee; and the Armed Services Committee, where he was the Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee. He also served on the Special Committee on Aging.

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Richard Garnett

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Richard Garnett is the Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Corporation Professor of Law, Concurrent Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Program on Church, State & Society at the University of Notre Dame. He teaches and writes about the freedoms of speech, association, and religion, and constitutional law more generally. He is a leading authority on questions and debates regarding the role of religious believers and beliefs in politics and society. Professor Garnett has published widely on these matters and is the author of dozens of law-review articles and book chapters. He is regularly invited to share analysis and commentary in national print and broadcast media, and he contributes to several law-related blogs. Previously, Professor Garnett clerked for the late Chief Justice of the United States, William H. Rehnquist, during the Court’s 1996 term and also for the late Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Richard S. Arnold.

Professor Garnett is a JMC fellow.

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Vincent Phillip Muñoz is the Tocqueville Associate Professor of Political Science and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law at The University of Notre Dame. He also serves as Director of Notre Dame’s Tocqueville Program for Inquiry into Religion and Public Life and the Potenziani Program in Constitutional Studies. Dr. Muñoz writes and teaches across the fields of political philosophy, constitutional studies, and American politics. His research has focused on the theme of religious liberty and the American Constitution. His first book, God and the Founders: Madison, Washington, and Jefferson (Cambridge University Press, 2009), won the Hubert Morken Award from the American Political Science Association for the best publication on religion and politics in 2009 and 2010. His First Amendment church-state casebook, Religious Liberty and the American Supreme Court: The Essential Cases and Documents, was published in 2013 (Rowman & Littlefield, revised edition 2015) and is being used at Notre Dame and other leading universities.

Professor Muñoz is a JMC faculty partner.

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The Constitutional Studies Program, a JMC partner program, is a minor that seeks to educate students on constitutional governments and how they may be used to secure the common good. Thoughtful and educated citizens must possess certain virtues; they must understand and be able to implement, defend, and, if need be, reform constitutional institutions. By creating informed citizens, the program contributes to the University’s mission to pursue truth and to nurture a concern for the common good that will bear fruit as learning becomes service to justice.

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