15 Apr 2021 12:44 AM | Chanté Brantley (Administrator)

NOTRE DAME LAW SCHOOL is hiring a Staff Attorney and Legal Fellow for its Religious Liberty Clinic.


Notre Dame Law School seeks both a Staff Attorney and a Legal Fellow to work in its new Religious Liberty Clinic directed by Professor Stephanie Barclay. More details and application information about the Legal Fellow position may be found here.  Details and application information about the Staff Attorney position may be found here.  The application deadline for both positions is April 22, 2021.

The Religious Liberty Clinic offers students the opportunity to work on cutting-edge religious liberty litigation at both the trial and appellate level up to the U.S. Supreme Court. The clinic represents clients from all faith traditions in cases involving religious discrimination claims, religious accommodation requests by prisoners, and land use issues.The Clinic also represents religious ministries, including churches seeking to run religious schools, homeless shelters, or soup kitchens. 

In addition, the clinic will engage in transactional matters, advising religious organizations about best practices and strategies for structuring their governance, property ownership, and other legal affairs so as to maximize their religious liberty and minimize their legal exposure. 

This semester, students in our Religious Liberty Initiative filed an amicus brief in the United States District Court in Apache Stronghold vs. United States of America. Representing a Tribal Leader and Native American cultural heritage and rights organizations, the brief argues in favor of religious liberty protections for Oak Flat, a site in Arizona that is sacred to the Apache and that is being threatened with destruction. 

In another case our students worked on—Agudath Israel of America v. Cuomo—the clinic demonstrated its commitment to religious pluralism by representing Muslim organizations and scholars defending Orthodox Jewish plaintiffs in a controversy over discriminatory restrictions on in-person attendance at worship services. The clinic’s brief highlighted ways in which religious minorities are often scapegoated during times of crisis or uncertainty. 


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