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About Nicole Stelle Garnett

Nicole Stelle Garnett’s teaching and research focus on property, land use, urban development, local government law, and education. She is the author of numerous of articles on these subjects and of Ordering the City: Land Use, Policing and the Restoration of Urban America (Yale University Press, 2009). She is currently working on a major empirical research project with Professor Peg Brinig examining the effects of Catholic school closures on urban neighborhoods. At Notre Dame, Professor Garnett also is a Fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives and the Senior Policy Advisor for the Alliance for Catholic Education, a program engaged in a wide array of efforts to strengthen and sustain K-!2 Catholic schools. From 2008-2010, she served as Provost Fellow at Notre Dame, and, during the Spring 2007 semester, as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.    
Prior to her career in academia Professor Garnett served as a law clerk for the Honorable Morris S. Arnold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (1995-1996) and for Associate Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court (1998-1999). Before joining the Notre Dame law school in 1999 she also worked for two years as a staff attorney at the Institute for Justice, a non-profit public-interest law firm in Washington, D.C.


Present John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School

Curriculum Vitae


1995 Juris Doctor, Yale University ‐ Yale Law School
1992 Bachelor of Arts, Stanford University

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Office: 3155 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574.631.3091


Articles (32)