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

"That Colorado Wedding Cake Case: How Libertarians View It"

June 09, 2018

Robert W. Tuttle is quoted in Yahoo! News about the Supreme Court ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.

"Supreme Court Sides with Christian Baker in Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case"

June 04, 2018

Robert W. Tuttle is quoted in The Washington Times on how the decision in Mr. Phillips's favor was not a landmark for religious liberty advocates.

"Blockbuster Term: Justices Could Determine Limits of Courts' Ability to Check Trump Administration"

May 30, 2018

Robert W. Tuttle is quoted in The Washington Times about the controversial cases in the upcoming Supreme Court term.

"Anti-Choice Centers in North Carolina Use Federal Funds to Buy Programs Crafted to 'Share Christ'"

April 26, 2018

Robert W. Tuttle is quoted in Rewire.News about the constitutional separation of church and state.