Robert W. Tuttle

Portrait of Robert W. Tuttle
Title:
David R. and Sherry Kirschner Berz Research Professor of Law and Religion
Address:
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
Phone:
202-994-8163
Fax:
202-994-5614
Email:
[email protected]

Robert Tuttle is the David R. and Sherry Kirschner Berz Research Professor of Law and Religion at the George Washington University Law School, where he has taught since 1994, as well as Professor of Religion (by courtesy) in the University’s Columbian College of Arts & Sciences. After graduating from GW Law, he earned a PhD in religious ethics from the University of Virginia; he also holds a BA from the College of William & Mary, and a master’s degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. With Ira C. Lupu, Professor Tuttle was the co-director of the Legal Tracking Project of the Roundtable on Religion and Social Welfare Policy, which studied government funding of religious social services. He is the author or co-author of numerous articles and reports in the fields of church-state law and legal ethics, along with the book Secular Government, Religious People (Eerdmans, 2014).  Professor Tuttle serves as legal counsel to the Washington, D.C., Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and as a consultant for Lutheran Services in America. He also serves as a Senior Fellow of the Emory University Center for Law and Religion.

Curriculum Vitae     Publications

Education

BA, College of William and Mary; MA, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago; JD, The George Washington University; PhD, University of Virginia

In the News

"Hospitals’ Covid-19 Policies Face Religious-Rights Checks by Trump Administration"

August 10, 2020

Robert W. Tuttle is quoted in The Wall Street Journal about the risks associated with championing religious rights during the pandemic.

“The 2020 Ministerial Exception Cases: A Clarification, not a Revolution”

July 08, 2020

Ira C. Lupu and Robert W. Tuttle write in Take Care an analysis of SCOTUS opinions in ministerial exception cases.

"Supreme Court's LGBTQ Ruling Threatens to Inundate Small Businesses"

June 28, 2020
Robert W. Tuttle is quoted in The Washington Times about how big companies lobbied SCOTUS on behalf of LGBTQ employees.

"The Perils of Relying on the Wrong Clause - Grounding the Ministerial Exception at the Supreme Court"

March 18, 2020

Ira C. Lupu and Robert W. Tuttle write in Justia Verdict about Ninth Circuit cases on the ministerial exception doctrine.

"Religious Freedom Law Thwarting Trump in Curtailing Illegal Immigration"

February 22, 2020
Robert W. Tuttle is quoted by The Washington Times on how the RFRA puts the burden on the government to justify its prosecution of individuals.