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Faculty and Administration Profiles

John M. Breen

Title/s:  Georgia Reithal Professor of Law

Office #:  Corboy 1334

Phone: 312.915.8554

Email: jbreen1@luc.edu


As an undergraduate, Professor Breen studied the "Great Books" while majoring in Notre Dame's Program of Liberal Studies; he graduated with highest honors. He then attended Harvard Law School where he was a member of the Board of Student Advisors, teaching research and writing to first year law students. Following graduation from law school, Professor Breen clerked for Judge Boyce F. Martin, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. At the completion of his clerkship he practiced law at Sidley & Austin in Chicago where he specialized in commercial litigation. Professor Breen was an associate visiting professor of law at the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University before joining the Loyola faculty.


BA, Notre Dame, 1985
JD, Harvard, 1988

Program Areas

Jurisprudence: Perspectives on the Law and Justice
Jurisprudence: The Catholic Social Tradition
Negotiable Instruments
Professional Responsibility

Selected Publications


Modesty and Moralism: Justice, Prudence, and Abortion: A Reply to Skeel & Stuntz, 31 Harv. J. L. & Pub. Pol'y 219 (2008)

John Paul II, The Structures of Sin and the Limits of Law, 52 St. Louis U. L. Rev. 317 (2008)

The Air in the Balloon: Further Notes on Catholic and Jesuit Identity in Legal Education, 43 Gonzaga L. Rev. 41 (2007-08)

Never Get Out'a the Boat: Stenberg v. Carhart and the Future of American Law, 39 Conn. L. Rev. 297 (2006) (Michael A. Scaperlanda, co-author)

The Catholic Lawyer: 'Faith' in Three Parts, 20 Notre Dame J.L. Ethics and Pub. Pol'y 431 (2006)

Justice and Jesuit Legal Education: A Critique, 36 Loy.U.Chi. L.J. 383 (2005) [article]

Fair Deals, Good Deals, and Real Deals: Liberal Neutrality, Catholic Social Thought and American Contract Law, _ Villanova Journal of Catholic Social Thought (forthcoming 2004)

The Catholic Lawyer and the Meaning of "Success", 40 Cath. Law. 227 (2001)

Statutory Interpretations and the Lessons of Llewellyn, 33 Loy.L.A.L.Rev. 263 (2000) [article]

The Catholic Lawyer: Justice and the Incarnation, 39 Cath. Law. 269 (2000)

The Lost Volume Seller and Lost Profits Under U.C.C. 2-708(2): A Conceptual and Linguistic Critique, 50 U.Miami L.Rev. 779 (1996)

Other Publications

Conflicts of Interest in Small Firm Practice Litigation Ethics: Course Materials for Continuing Education (with Barry S. Alberts) (ABA Section of Litigation 2001)


Recent Presentations

"Catholic Legal Thought and the Misunderstood Relation Between Faith and Reason," Seattle University Law School, May 2008

Served as co-organizer of the "Modesty and the Limits of Law," Conference on Christian Legal Thought, The Lumen Christi Institute, Washington, D.C. January, 2007.

"The Air in the Balloon: Further Notes on Catholic and Jesuit Legal Education," 6th Annual Conference of Religiously-Affiliated Law Schools, March 30-April 1, 2006, Baylor Law School

"A Critical Look at Jesuit Legal Education,"Interdisciplinary Conference, Catholic University at Notre Dame, September, 2005

Panelist, "Christian Approaches to Private Law," Conference on Taking Christian Legal Thought Seriously, San Francisco, January 2005

"Catholic Social Thought Critiques of 'Neutrality'," Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and Justice, Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, PA, October 2003


Professional Service

Arab American Bar Association of Illinois, Board of Directors, Member

Illinois Supreme Court, Committee on Professional Responsibility, Reporter

Lumen Christi Institute for Catholic Faith, Thought and Culture, Law and Culture Forum, Chair, 2003 -Present