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

“Wither the Establishment Clause: The Bladensburg Cross Case”

February 24, 2019
Robert W. Tuttle and Ira C. Lupu write in Take Care blog about American Legion v. American Humanist Association.

“What a Supreme Court Order on a Muslim Death Row Inmate Says About the Role of Judges”

February 15, 2019

Robert W. Tuttle is quoted by Deseret News about the Supreme Court's role in allowing the execution of a Muslim inmate to proceed. 

“The School That Hired Karen Pence Requires Applicants to Disavow Gay Marriage, Trans Identity”

January 15, 2019

Robert W. Tuttle is quoted by The Washington Post about how working at a conservative Christian school is within Karen Pence's rights.

“The Supreme Court Could Reinterpret the First Amendment in a Conservative Direction this Term. Here's How”

January 14, 2019
Robert W. Tuttle is quoted by Deseret News about the establishment clause and how it relates to the First Liberty Institute case.

“Amid Legal Worries, Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop Hasn't Baked Wedding Cakes”

December 27, 2018

Robert W. Tuttle is quoted by The Washington Times about how expectations were too high for the outcome of the Jack Phillips court case.