Ira C. Lupu

Ira C. Lupu
F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Professor Emeritus of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]
Professor Lupu joined the law school in 1990. After graduating from law school, where he was case editor of the Harvard Law Review, he practiced law with the Boston firm of Hill & Barlow and then joined the law faculty at Boston University, where he taught from 1973 to 1989. During that time, he also served as a visiting professor at Northeastern University and at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1989–90, he was the professor-in-residence on the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. 
Professor Lupu is a nationally recognized scholar in constitutional law, with an emphasis in his writings on the religion clauses of the First Amendment. Together with his colleague Professor Robert Tuttle, Professor Lupu is the co-author of Secular Government, Religious People, forthcoming, Eerdmans Publishing Company, summer 2014.

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BA, Cornell University; JD, Harvard University

In the News

"New Jersey Ruling Could Reignite Battle Over Church-State Separation"

April 24, 2018

Ira C. Lupu is quoted in The New York Times regarding houses of worship and historic preservation value.

"Can LGBT Rights and Religious Rights Coexist? Kim Davis-Like Case Tests the Waters"

February 07, 2018

Ira C. Lupu is quoted in The Washington Post about the tension between LGBT rights and religious rights.

"The Supreme Court's Travel Ban Dilemma"

January 28, 2018

Ira C. Lupu is quoted in The Atlantic about one of the challenges to the order, Trump v. Hawaii.

"Why Trump is Targeting Health Workers' Religious Objections"

January 18, 2018

Ira C. Lupu is quoted in The Washington Post on how accommodations can be used to harm a third party.

Amicus Brief in Masterpiece Cakeshop Case

October 31, 2017

Ira C. Lupu and Robert W. Tuttle are among the Church-State Scholars who filed an amicus brief on the Free Exercise Clause.