Wayne State University
Christopher C. Lund
Christopher C. Lund
Associate Professor of Law
Room 3263
(313) 577-4046
Fax (313) 577-9016

Education

J.D., University of Texas School of Law
B.A., Rice University

Biography

Christopher C. Lund is an associate professor of law at Wayne State University Law School, where he teaches a variety of courses, including Torts, Contracts, Constitutional Law, Religious Liberty in the United States and Evidence. Excited to teach students, he has been voted Professor of the Year five times.

Lund's scholarly interests vary, but his principal focus has been in the field of religious liberty. His academic work has been published in law reviews, including the Minnesota Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review and North Carolina Law Review; peer-reviewed legal journals, such as the Journal of Law and Religion; and peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journals, such as History of Religions. He recently joined Michael McConnell and Thomas Berg as the new co-author on their leading casebook, Religion and the Constitution, the fourth edition of which will be published by Aspen in the near future.

Lund's academic work has been cited in articles, books and judicial opinions. He is regularly called on for his expertise by media outlets, civil rights organizations and religious groups. Two of his amicus briefs have been quoted in opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court, with Justice Stephen Breyer calling one of them "very excellent" at oral argument. He is a past chair of the Law and Religion Section of the Association of American Law Schools, as well as past chair of the Section on New Law Professors. He sits on the lawyers' committee of the ACLU of Michigan.

Lund joined Wayne University Law School in 2009 from the Mississippi College School of Law. Before teaching, he clerked for the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, served as the Madison Fellow at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and practiced law at Dechert LLP in Philadelphia. Lund earned his law degree with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law and his bachelor of arts from Rice University, summa cum laude, with majors in mathematics and psychology.

During fall semester 2013, Lund was on leave from Wayne Law, teaching at the University of Notre Dame Law School.

Courses Taught

Constitutional Law
Contracts
Evidence
Religious Liberty in the United States
Torts

Selected Publications

Books

Religion and the Constitution (casebook, Aspen, 4th edition, forthcoming) (co-authored with Michael W. McConnell and Thomas C. Berg)

Articles and book chapters 

"Religion is Special Enough" (unpublished manuscript, to be submitted to the law reviews in spring 2016)

"When the State Backs Down," Notre Dame Law Review (forthcoming 2015) (symposium)

"RFRA, State RFRAs, and Religious Minorities," San Diego Law Review (forthcoming 2015) (symposium)

"Keeping Hobby Lobby in Perspective," in The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty, Robinson et al eds., Oxford University Press (book chapter) (forthcoming 2015)

"Free Exercise Reconceived: The Logic and Limits of Hosanna-Tabor," Northwestern University Law Review (2014)

"Rethinking the Religious Questions Doctrine," Pepperdine Law Review (2014) (symposium)

"Leaving Disestablishment to the Political Process," Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy (2014) (invited)

Accomplishments

January 20, 2015
Christopher C. Lund wrote an amici brief on behalf of five North American Islamic scholars. The brief, filed May 29, 2014, was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in its Jan. 20, 2015, decision reversing an appellate court ruling in the religious freedom case of Gregory Houston Holt aka Abdul Maalik Muhammad v. Ray Hobbs, director, Arkansas Department of Correction, et al. 


May 13, 2014
Christopher C. Lund gave a talk at the Mid-Michigan Labor Employment Relations Association in Lansing on May 13, 2014. He spoke on  "Modern Controversies Regarding the Intersection of Religion and Employment Law."


January 5, 2014
Christopher C. Lund presented "Religious Law in Civil Courts" at the Association of American Law Schools annual conference in New York, N.Y. He also moderated a panel, "Developing as a Legal Scholar: Thoughts for New Law Professors," and served as a speaker on another panel, "Islamic and Jewish Law in the 21st Century: Contemporary Philosophical and Legal Challenges to Religious Law."


September 26, 2013
Christopher C. Lund presented "Rethinking the 'Religious Questions' Doctrine" at the Symposium on Religious Institutions at DePaul University School of Law in Chicago.


August 4, 2013
Christopher C. Lund presented "Creationism, Evolution and Intelligent Design" at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools annual meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., and also participated in a discussion group on "Affirmative Action After Fisher v. University of Texas" at the meeting. 


June 23, 2013
Christopher C. Lund presented "The New Free Exercise Clause" at the annual Law-and-Religion Roundtable at Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, Calif.


April 22, 2013
Christopher C. Lund was one of three guest panelists during a discussion titled "Public Prayer: Insiders, Outsiders, Pledges and Invocations," on April 15 in South Carolina. The panel discussion was part of the fifth annual Law & Society Symposium sponsored by the Charlestown Law Review of the Charlestown School of Law and the Riley Institute of Government, Politics and Public Leadership of Furman University, S.C. Keynote speaker was retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

 


August 10, 2012
Christopher C. Lund presented a draft version of his forthcoming piece, "The New Free Exercise Clause," at a gathering of law and religion scholars at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago.


August 2, 2012
Christopher C. Lund gave presentations on three topics at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools annual conference in Florida. He discussed the history of the Establishment Clause on the panel "Engel v. Vitale at Fifty." He discussed the intersection of employment law and the First Amendment on the panel "The Far Reach of Disability Law: Its Impact in Multiple Federal and State Contexts." And he discussed teaching methods on the panel "Planning for Student Outcome Measurements: Discussion Group on Design Implementation and Ideas."


February 28, 2012
Christopher C. Lund attended a conference on Feb. 23 titled "The Competing Claims of Law and Religion: Whom Should Influence Whom?" at Pepperdine University School of Law put on by the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion and Ethics. Lund presented his paper, "Legislative Prayer and the Secret Costs of Religious Endorsements," which was published in the Minnesota Law Review.


February 28, 2012
Christopher C. Lund traveled to Case Western Reserve University School of Law on Feb . 16 to present his paper, "Legislative Prayer and the Secret Costs of Religious Endorsements," http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1666237, published in the Minnesota Law Review.


November 1, 2011
Christopher C. Lund spoke at a symposium at Duquesne University School of Law entitled, "The Future of the Establishment Clause in Context: Neutrality, Religion, or Avoidance?" The papers from the symposium will be published in the Chicago-Kent Law Review in 2012. http://www.duq.edu/law/establishment/


October 31, 2011
Christopher C. Lund spoke at the University of California at Davis School of Law, one of two law professors debating the ministerial exception and the Supreme Court’s current case, EEOC v. Hosanna-Tabor.  http://www.law.ucdavis.edu/news/event.aspx?id=2750


October 31, 2011
Christopher C. Lund travelled to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Law to speak as a panelist for a symposium put on by the First Amendment Law Review. The symposium, “Discrimination By and Against Religion and the First Amendment,” featured law professors from across the country, with a keynote address given by Dr. Martin Marty of the University of Chicago. http://www.firstamendmentlawreview.org/symposium.html


September 16, 2011
Christopher C. Lund spoke at the 6th annual Labor and Employment Law Colloquium in Los Angeles, California. He presented his forthcoming paper, "In Defense of the Ministerial Exception," which will be published in the North Carolina Law Review later this year.


July 27, 2011
Christopher C. Lund was an invited panelist for the July 25 First Amendment Workshop at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools annual event in Hilton Head, S.C. He discussed the state of the Free Exercise Clause, drawing on his published paper, "Religious Liberty After Gonzales: A Look at State RFRAs." He also moderated the panel, "Student Speech in the Wake of Morse v. Frederick," discussing the scope of student free speech rights after the Supreme Court's decision in Morse v. Frederick, 551 U.S. 393 (2007), which upheld punishment of a student for displaying a banner which read, "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" during a school field trip.

On June 23, Professor Lund spoke at the Law and Religion Roundtable as part of a panel on EEOC v. Hosanna-Tabor, an upcoming Supreme Court case that will decide to what extent churches and other religious organizations are immune from discrimination claims brought by those with significant religious duties.

In The News

April 10, 2015
Christopher C. Lund was cited in Education Week report "Religious-Freedom Laws Add to Schools' Complex Duties."

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April 1, 2015
Christopher C. Lund was cited in CNN report "Religious freedom laws: How some controversial cases panned out."

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March 29, 2015
Christopher C. Lund was quoted in National Journal report "How Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law Could Fail." 

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March 5, 2015
Christopher C. Lund was quoted in New York Times article "States Weigh Legislation to Let Businesses Refuse to Serve Gay Couples."

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January 16, 2015
Christopher C. Lund was quoted in Deseret News article: "State lawmakers eye expanding religious freedom protections."

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December 18, 2014
Christopher C. Lund was interviewed by WKAR for "RFRA measure triggers tension between religious liberty, LGBT rights."

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December 16, 2014
Christopher C. Lund was quoted in MLive article: "Religious Freedom Restoration proposal sparks protest at Michigan Capitol."

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December 15, 2014
Christopher C. Lund was quoted in MLive report: "Clock ticking as Religious Freedom Restoration Act awaits action in Michigan Senate."

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June 30, 2014
Christopher C. Lund was interviewed on WDIV-TV for a segment titled "Local reaction to Supreme Court Hobby Lobby ruling."

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June 11, 2014
Christopher C. Lund is the focus of a Legal News article titled "Wayne Law religious freedom expert files U.S. Supreme Court brief."

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February 28, 2014
Christopher C. Lund was a guest on the Frank Beckmann Show on WWJ radio talking about Arizona Senate Bill 1061, which was voted down last week. The bill would have allowed any business, church or person to cite the law as a defense in any action brought by the government or individual claiming discrimination.

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February 27, 2014
Christopher C. Lund was quoted in a Wall Street Journal report titled "Arizona Veto Resonates in Other State Fights."

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February 26, 2014
Christopher C. Lund is one of 11 law professors who sent a letter to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) warning that SB1062-the bill "which amends Arizona's Religious Freedom Restoration Act" (RFRA)-has been "egregiously misrepresented by many of its critics." He is named in an article about the letter in a report by the Christian Post titled "Critics of Arizona Bill Are 'Trying to Deceive You,' Liberal and Conservative Law Professors Tell Gov. Brewer."

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February 26, 2014
Christopher C. Lund is quoted in an Associated Press report published in Yahoo News titled "Arizona bill raises complicated legal questions."

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February 25, 2014
Christopher C. Lund is one of 11 law professors who sent a letter to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) warning that SB1062-the bill "which amends Arizona's Religious Freedom Restoration Act" (RFRA)-has been "egregiously misrepresented by many of its critics." He is named in an article about the letter in a report by Fox News affiliate Breitbart.com titled "Bipartisan law profs warn Jan Brewer: SB1062 'egregiously misrepresented.'"

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October 25, 2013
Christopher C. Lund is the subject of an article in the Legal News titled "Wayne Law prof writes Supreme Court brief in prayer case."

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September 1, 2013
Christopher C. Lund was quoted in a UPI.com article titled "Will court change church-state equation?"

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August 16, 2013
Christopher C. Lund was interviewed on Huff Post Live's "Legalese It!" for a segment on anti-Sharia laws.  (His segment is from from 11:05 to 15:30.)

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August 15, 2013
Christopher C. Lund wrote an article published by Slate titled "Legislative Prayer Goes Back to the Supreme Court."

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May 28, 2013
Christopher C. Lund was a panel member in a video interview aired on HuffPost Live titled "How High is the Church-State Wall?"

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May 22, 2013
Christopher C. Lund was quoted in an article in Lawyers.com titled "Supreme Court to Decide on Prayer in Public Meetings."

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March 27, 2013
Christopher C. Lund was quoted in an article in the State Journal (Kentucky) titled "Lawmakers override religious freedom veto."

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March 10, 2013
Christopher C. Lund was quoted in an Associated Press report published in Kentucky.com, an online product of the Lexington Herald Leader. The report was titled "Claims about religious freedom bill lack evidence," which cited a 2010 article by Lund for the South Dakota Law Review.

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