Carson v. Makin

Carson v. Makin

The Religious Liberty Initiative filed amicus briefs in Carson v. Makin, which challenges Maine’s exclusion of religious schools from Maine's educational tuition assistance program.

The two amicus briefs were filed in 2021 on behalf of Catholic, Islamic, and Jewish groups that operate and support elementary and secondary schools.

In March, the RLI’s brief argued that the U.S. Supreme Court should review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit’s decision in Carson v. Makin. On July 2, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case.

In September, the RLI filed its second amicus brief in Carson v. Makin. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case on December 8.

News coverage

Editorials and essays

Events and webinars

11/08/2021 – Professor Nicole Stelle Garnett spoke to ND Law’s Education Law Forum, “Supreme Court Preview: Carson v. Makin”

11/22/2021 – Professor Nicole Stelle Garnett spoke at the Federalist Society’s “December Docket in 90 Minutes or Less”

12/02/2021 – Professor Nicole Stelle Garnett spoke at the Manhattan Institute’s “Religious Schools and Choice After Carson v. Makin”

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Meet the Team

  1. Carson v. Makin

    John Meiser

    Managing Director for Domestic Litigation

  2. Carson v. Makin

    Richard W. Garnett

    Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Corporation Professor of Law; Concurrent Professor of Political Science; Director, Program on Church, State & Society

  3. Carson v. Makin

    Nicole Stelle Garnett

    Associate Dean for External Engagement; John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law

  4. Joshua Lacoste

    Josh Lacoste

    Student Fellow

  5. Olivia Rogers

    Olivia Rogers

    Student Fellow