Carson v. Makin, Parental Choice, and Religious Liberty
Friday, April 14, 2023 1:00 pm EST
On March 30, the Notre Dame Law School Religious Liberty Initiative hosted a panel of school choice and religious liberty experts who discussed the implications of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Carson v. Makin, which held that religious schools must be included in private-school-choice programs.
The panelists included Michael Bindas, senior attorney with the Institute for Justice; Michael Helfand, Brenden Mann Foundation Chair in Law and Religion and professor of law at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law; Michael Moreland, professor of law and religion at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and director of the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy; and Laura Wolk Slavis, counsel at Becket Law and a 2016 graduate of Notre Dame Law School.
Nicole Stelle Garnett, John P. Murphy Foundation professor of law and associate dean for external engagement at Notre Dame Law School, organized and moderated the panel discussion.
The panel discussion was part of a series of book launch events for The Case for Parental Choice: God, Family, and Educational Liberty by John E. Coons, a visionary legal scholar and ardent proponent of parental school choice. In addition to the panel event, Garnett organized a virtual book launch at which Coons, Notre Dame Law School Dean G. Marcus Cole, and other scholars and advocates discussed the book and the state of the current school choice movement. In the evening, the Institute for Justice’s Short Circuit podcast featured an episode on The Case for Parental Choice.