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 Constitutional Law, Religious Liberty in the United States, Contracts, Torts and Evidence. Excited to teach students, he has been voted Professor of the Year three 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.

Lund has represented a wide variety of groups and causes. He has, for example, worked for the American Civil Liberties Union defending the rights of Christian parents to homeschool their children and for a diverse coalition of religious groups supporting the freedom of Muslim detainees at Guantanamo Bay. He regularly advises church-state groups regarding litigated cases and pending legislation. He is a past chair of the Law and Religion Section of the Association of American Law Schools and past chair of the Section on New Law Professors.

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 J.D. with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law and his B.A. 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

 

Religion is Special Enough (unpublished manuscript, to be submitted to the law reviews in spring 2015)

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 (forthcoming 2014)

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

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

The New Victims of the Old Anti-Catholicism, 44 Connecticut Law Review 1001 (2012)

The Future of the Establishment Clause in Context: A Response to Ledewitz, 89 Chicago-Kent Law Review 767 (2012) (symposium)

Salazar v. Buono and the Future of the Establishment Clause, 105 Northwestern University Law Review 1387 (2011)

In Defense of the Ministerial Exception, 90 North Carolina Law Review 1 (2011)

Legislative Prayer and the Secret Costs of Religious Endorsements, 94 Minnesota Law Review 972 (2010)

Religious Liberty after Gonzales: A Look at State RFRAs, 55 South Dakota Law Review 466 (2010) (symposium)

Accomplishments

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

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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