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

"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.

"Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer: Dodging on the Playground"

June 28, 2017

Ira C. Lupu and Robert W. Tuttle write in the ACS blog about federalism and church-state principles.

"Rights, Powers, Duties, and Responsibilities: A Comment on the Language of Presidential Compliance with the Law"

May 18, 2017

Ira C. Lupu writes in Take Care about the language that President Trump and others are using to defend or justify his behavior.