Ira C. Lupu

Ira C. Lupu
F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Professor Emeritus of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
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

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. 

"Defenders of Maryland WWI Memorial Not Giving Up After Appeal Ruling"

October 19, 2017

Ira C. Lupu is quoted in WJLA ABC7 about the recent 4th Circuit ruling about a large cross on public land in Maryland.

"Challenging the 'Travel Ban' in the Supreme Court"

September 19, 2017

Ira C. Lupu and Robert W. Tuttle are among the church-state scholars represented in the amicus brief regarding Trump's travel ban.

"The Debate Over Confederate Monuments"

August 25, 2017

Ira C. Lupu and Robert W. Tuttle write in Take Care about state laws and the issues involved with the removal of monuments.

"Trump's Cabinet Is Reportedly Holding White House Bible Studies. Is That Unconstitutional?"

August 01, 2017

Ira C. Lupu is quoted in Mic about the appearance of Bible study in the White House.