The following is from the Nov. 9, 2007, edition of The Houston Chronicle. John Attanasio, dean of SMU's Dedman School of Law, provided expert commentary for this story.
By MARY FLOOD
The Houston Chronicle
Some constitutional law classes begin with the professor challenging a student with probing questions about the separation of church and state.
Others start with a five-minute prayer.
Or they might if they're one of the growing number of Christian law schools in the country. The idea at these schools is to intertwine, not separate out, the tenants of one or more branches of Christianity into the legal curriculum. . .
John Attanasio, dean of SMU's Dedman School of Law, said his school's mission "is to train lawyers. The practice of law is largely secular, so that's what we're about."
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