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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.

Summer 2020 Courses

Summer 2020 Courses
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Fall 2020 Courses

Fall 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 758 - 01 Catholic Thought, Law & Policy - - - R - - - 1555 - 1725 MSL 458

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1555 - 1725

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MSL 458

Course Registration Number:

47534 (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.

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LAWS 800 - 01 Restorative Justice & Healing See Details * *

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See Details

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Course Registration Number:

47621 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Daniel F. Griffith, Henry J. Shea

Restorative justice is an interdisciplinary course which explores the world-wide movement of using restorative practices to respond to harm. Restorative justice is a philosophical and practical approach to harm which seeks to bring together victim-survivors, the broader community and, in some cases, perpetrators to promote accountability and healing. The course will examine both criminal and non-criminal harm and will delve into how restorative practices are utilized as a creative and humane path to healing and, where appropriate, an alternative to punishment. Students will learn what restorative justice is, its foundations, and its broad applications in society and law. Additionally, through the course, students will engage various guest speakers who have experienced or used restorative practices as an instrument of justice and restoration. Practitioners who are expert in the field will teach students through group exercises skills and practices that are integral to the effective use of restorative justice. Lastly, students will learn about the nature of harm and its effects and will explore the role of the lawyer as healer and the related values and skills that attend this vocation.

Schedule Details

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MSL 446-M T W R F - -
MSL 458-11 Sep '20
MSL 458-17 Nov '20
LAWS 950 - 09 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -

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Course Registration Number:

47598 (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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J-Term 2021 Courses

J-Term 2021 Courses
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