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Father Daniel Griffith

Wenger Family Faculty Fellow and Chaplain of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy
Degree
J.D., William Mitchell College of Law
M.A., Theology, University of St. Thomas
M. Div., University of St. Thomas
B.A., University of St. Thomas
Phone
(651) 962-4802
Mail
1000 LaSalle Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Father Daniel Griffith was raised in Northeastern Wisconsin, the youngest of nine children. He has happily resided in the Twin Cities for the past 25 years. Fr. Griffith was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 2002 and has served four parishes since his ordination. In December 2011, Fr. Griffith was appointed to the faculty of the University of St. Thomas School of Law. In 2017, he was named the inaugural Wenger Family Faculty Fellow. He also serves as fellow and chaplain of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy. Fr. Griffith has taught as an adjunct professor at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity and in the Catholic Studies Masters of Arts program on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas. In July 2012, Fr. Griffith was appointed pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Minneapolis, where he currently serves in conjunction with his appointment to St. Thomas.

During his priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis, Fr. Griffith has served as a member of the College of Consultors, as a member of the Presbyteral Council, as chaplain to the Men’s Apostolate of the Archdiocese, and most recently as Archdiocesan Delegate for Safe Environment. During his work as a lawyer, Fr. Griffith has represented clients pro bono in the areas of criminal law and immigration law and has taught a number of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses. Fr. Griffith’s scholarly interests lie in the intersection of Catholic social thought and law and Christian ethics and law. At St. Thomas Law, Fr. Griffith has taught the following courses: Catholic Thought, Law and Policy; Law and Theology; Justice; and Law and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Fr. Griffith currently serves as chaplain and board member of the Lawyer’s Guild of St. Thomas More.

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 758 - 01 Catholic Thought, Law & Policy - - W - - - - 1500 - 1725 MSL 321

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- - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1500 - 1725

Location:

MSL 321

Course Registration Number:

43214 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Daniel F. Griffith

This interdisciplinary course explores the intersection of Catholic social teaching (CST) and law. The class will examine contemporary legal and public policy issues through the prism of CST. The first, foundational section of the course covers biblical and philosophical foundations for the Catholic Church’s conceptions of justice and mercy, regulation and freedom, truth and conscience. The class will explore the fundamental principles of CST as well as the Church’s role in proposing moral principles in the public square. The second, longer section of the course involves praxis and application of principles. Students will examine specific issues through the prism of CST. These may include abortion; religious liberty; economic policy and labor rights; immigration policy; health care policy; and environmental policy. Students will explore a topic of their choosing in depth in a longer research paper as part of the course.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
LAWS 793 - 02 Topics:Crime,Punish&Rest Just See Details * *

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See Details

Time of Day:

*

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*

Course Registration Number:

43282 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Daniel F. Griffith, Henry J. Shea

The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MSL 2420900-1700M T W R F - -
MSL 2421400-170007 Sep '18
MSL 2421400-170021 Sep '18
MSL 2421400-170028 Sep '18

J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 710 - 01 Jurisprudence - T - R - - - 1500 - 1625 MSL 238

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1500 - 1625

Location:

MSL 238

Course Registration Number:

22795 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Daniel F. Griffith

This course will consider the answers offered by leading legal philosophers to the question, "What is law?" Students will review the major jurisprudential schools, including natural law, both classical and modern, positivism, and the historical school, the philosophical foundation of English common law and the doctrine of precedent. The course will examine developments in jurisprudence such as legal realism, legal pragmatism, and law and economics. Additionally, students will consider the relationship of religious faith to law and belief in natural rights.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
LAWS 950 - 25 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -

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- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

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Course Registration Number:

22941 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Daniel F. Griffith

Under the supervision of a faculty member, a student may receive up to two hours of course credit for researching and writing a substantial paper on a topic of the student's own choosing. The student must receive the instructor's per- mission to enroll in this course and must meet periodically with the instructor for discussion, review and evaluation. Each faculty member may supervise the research of no more than five students each semester.

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