Robert W. Tuttle

Portrait of Robert W. Tuttle

Robert W. Tuttle

David R. and Sherry Kirschner Berz Research Professor of Law and Religion


Office Phone: (202) 994-8163
Fax: (202) 994-5614
2000 H Street, NW Washington DC 20052

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.

In the News

"LDS Church can’t hide behind religion in Huntsman’s tithing lawsuit, lawyers argue"

The Salt Lake Tribune quoted from a legal brief filed by Robert Tuttle arguing that Huntsman’s lawsuit can be resolved under long-standing “neutral principles.”

 "Of church and state"

Deseret News quoted Ira Lupu and Robert Tuttle talking about how states “hold” state funds from religious schools.

"How a Christian transgender man is taking the fight over LGBTQ+ rights to religious schools"

Robert Tuttle was featured in USA Today discussing the divide and legality of the LGBTQ+ movement and the right of expression of religious groups.

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