The Communitarian Work and Vision(s) of Robert Cochran (and Thomas Shaffer)

11 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2019

Date Written: September 5, 2019

Abstract

Professor Robert Cochran's work and thought were powerfully shaped by those of his friend, mentor, and teacher, the late Professor Thomas Shaffer, a towering figure in the religious lawyering movement. A leading theme in Shaffer's writing, one that has continued through and been developed in Cochran's, is "community." This essay explores and unpacks this theme and highlights several ways that the idea of "community" functions in their vision of the lawyer's role and vocation.

Keywords: Communitarianism, Legal Ethics, Professional Responsibility, Religious Lawyering, Law and Vocation, Religious Freedom, Church Autonomy, Religious Liberty

JEL Classification: K10 K39 K19

Suggested Citation

Garnett, Richard W., The Communitarian Work and Vision(s) of Robert Cochran (and Thomas Shaffer) (September 5, 2019). Pepperdine Law Review, Vol. 46, 2019; Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 1995, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3448708

Richard W. Garnett (Contact Author)

Notre Dame Law School ( email )

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