Robert W. Tuttle

Portrait of Robert W. Tuttle
David R. and Sherry Kirschner Berz Research Professor of Law and Religion
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
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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.

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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

"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.

"Religious Freedom Law Helps Immigrant-Rights Activists Triumph Over Trump"

February 17, 2020
Robert W. Tuttle in quoted in The Washington Times about how a 1990s-era religious freedom law is easing many immigrants' journey to the U.S.

"Trump Courts Religious Groups With Rules That Worry LGBTQ Groups"

January 16, 2020
Ira C. Lupu and Robert W. Tuttle are quoted by the Los Angeles Times on President Trump's new religious freedom proposals.

"Losing Our Religion: Challenges to Faith Increase in Courts"

January 03, 2020

Robert W. Tuttle is quoted in The Washington Times about the increased politicization of religious liberty in the courts.