Judge O’Scannlain’s address posited that America’s approximately two dozen Catholic-affiliated law schools fulfill a critically important role in legal education, helping to form the character and intellect of future generations of lawyers while addressing questions of law, jurisprudence and constitutional self-government though the distinct lens of the Catholic intellectual tradition. The application of jurisprudence that is untethered to natural law—defined by the judge as a set of principles that derive from a comprehensive view of man’s purpose and destiny—risks subjecting human life, in his view, to “irresponsible, value-neutral notions of freedom” that poorly serve society as a whole. For that reason, he concluded, “the importance of Catholic law schools in molding American legal and general culture can hardly be overstated.”
O'Scannlain, The Honorable Diarmuid F., "The Catholic Law School and Constitutional Self-Government" (2014). Brendan F. Brown Lecture Series. 5.