Father Daniel Griffith portrait

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. Here, he currently serves as executive fellow of the Holloran Center for Ethics in the Professions and 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 UST School of 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 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 950 - 08 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43224 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 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 710 - 01 Jurisprudence - T - R - - - 1500 - 1625 MSL 238
CRN: 22677 3 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.

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LAWS 950 - 07 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22731 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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