Charles J. Emmerich is a Professor of Legal Studies and Legal Scholar in Residence at Olivet Nazarene University. He is also the founder of the Center for Law and Culture, a non-profit organization housed at Olivet that inspires virtuous leadership in public life by providing worldview education in the Judeo-Christian tradition. In particular, the Center's programs educate future public leaders on how to glorify God, serve their neighbors, and care for creation. Under a partnership titled "Restoring Our Noble Heritage", the Center and Oliver have launched unique legal studies curriculum focusing on the Anglo-American legal tradition and its commitment to "higher law".
After earning a B.A. (theology and archeology) from Wheaton College, Emmerich completed a law degree (J.D.) at the University of Idaho and an advanced law degree (LL.M.) in constitutional law and history at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, he studied under esteemed federal appellate judge, Arlin M. Adams. Prior to accepting the position at Olivet, Emmerich served as National Director of law student ministries of the Christian Legal Society, as Pre-Law Director at Wheaton College and at Trinity International University, and as Executive Director of the Center for Church/State Studies at DePaul University College of Law. Between 2002-2012, Emmerich implemented and taught rigorous politics and law curriculum at Trinity Christian College, which partnered with the Center for Law and Culture during its first decade.
He has published extensively on worldview formation and, along with his mentor, Judge Adams, has co-authored articles and a book on the historical development or religious liberty. Published by the University of Pennsylvania Press and graced with a foreword by former Chief Justice, Warren E. Burger, A Nation Dedicated to Religious Liberty has been praised by prominent legal scholars and cited in several cases of the United States Supreme Court.
Emmerich resides with his wife, Susan, and their daughter, Lydia, in Bourbonnais, Illinois.