Christopher C. Lund
J.D., University of Texas School of Law
B.A., Rice University
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.
Lunds 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.
Religious Liberty in the United States
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"Religion is Special Enough" (unpublished manuscript, to be submitted to the law reviews in spring 2016)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)
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.