About Gregory A. Kalscheur, S.J.
Father Kalscheur joined the BC Law faculty in 2003. He received his A.B. in 1985 from Georgetown University, and his J.D. in 1988 from the University of Michigan, where he served on the editorial board of the Michigan Law Review. After law school, he clerked for Judge Kenneth F. Ripple, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and worked as a litigator at Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C.
After entering the Society of Jesus in 1992, Father Kalscheur served as Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Assistant to the Director of the Center for Values and Service at Loyola College in Maryland (1996-98) and as Associate Pastor at St. Raphael the Archangel Church in Raleigh, N.C. (2001-02).
Interdisciplinary dialogue in a setting where faith, intellect, and culture meet is an integral component of Jesuit education, and Father Kalscheur hopes to contribute to that project at BC Law. Jesuit legal education should be an essentially humanistic process of formation for responsible professional service, striving to connect legal inquiry to larger questions of meaning and value, exploring the nature of law as a vocation, and asking how faith and religious values can be integrated with public and professional life.
Father Kalscheur’s primary teaching and research interests include law and religion, constitutional law, civil procedure, Catholic social thought and the law, and the contributions of Ignatian spirituality to the character of legal education at a Jesuit law school.
Honors and Awards
- Recipient of the 2006 Emil Slizewski Faculty Excellence Award from the BC Law Student Association
- Fall 2016: No courses taught
- Spring 2017: No courses taught
Gregory A. Kalscheur, S.J.
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Conscience and Citizenship: The Primacy of Conscience for Catholics in Public Life Journal of Catholic Social Thought (2009)
In their statement, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops acknowledge that “the responsibility to make choices in political life rests with each individual in the light of a properly formed conscience.” This ...
Civil Procedure and the Establishment Clause: Exploring the Ministerial Exception, Subject-Matter Jurisdiction, and the Freedom of the Church William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal (2008)
What sort of defense is provided by the ministerial exception to employment discrimination claims? The ministerial exception bars civil courts from reviewing the decisions of religious organizations regarding the employment of their ministerial employees. While ...
Catholics in Public Life: Judges, Legislators, and Voters Journal of Catholic Legal Studies (2007)
Does the desire to avoid culpable cooperation in moral evil make the conscientious Catholic judge unfit for judicial service in a constitutional system that will inevitably bring before the judge cases that implicate a host ...
Moral Limits on Morals Legislation: Lessons for U.S. Constitutional Law from the Declaration on Religious Freedom Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal (2006)
A persistent American confusion regarding the proper relationship between law and morality is manifest in the opinions in Lawrence v. Texas. The Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Freedom provides the foundation for an analytical ...
Christian Scripture and American Scripture: An Instructive Analogy? Journal of Law and Religion (2006)
This Review Essay examines the analogy between biblical interpretation and constitutional interpretation drawn by the eminent Yale church historian Jaroslav Pelikan in his provocative book, Interpreting the Bible and the Constitution. Part I of the ...
Ignatian Spirituality and the Life of the Lawyer: Finding God in All Things – Even in the Ordinary Practice of the Law Journal of Catholic Legal Studies (2006)
All of us know lawyers who seem unhappy, unfree, directionless, and dis-integrated, who seem to be following paths they haven’t consciously chosen, leading them to places they would never have chosen to go, seemingly locked ...
John Paul II, John Courtney Murray, and the Relationship Between Civil Law and Moral Law: A Constructive Proposal for Contemporary American Pluralism Journal of Catholic Social Thought (2004)
In his 1995 encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, Pope John Paul II outlined a jurisprudential vision which includes the “doctrine on the necessary conformity of civil law with moral law.” The Pope’s jurisprudential reflections prompt the question ...
Law School as a Culture of Conversation: Re-imagining Legal Education as a Process of Conversion to the Demands of Authentic Conversation Loyola University Chicago Law Journal (1996)
Conventional wisdom holds that the principal task of a law school is to teach law students to "think like lawyers." However, law school can be experienced as a form of narrow training that diminishes something ...