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 (or shortly will be) published in student-edited law reviews, such as the Northwestern University Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, and the Minnesota 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 was published by Aspen in 2016.
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.
The book covers the traditional array of church-state topics, including the regulation of religious practice, the funding of religious institutions, the endorsement by government of religious messages, and the appropriateness of religion in politics. Among other updates, the fourth edition includes the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decisions in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC and Holt v. Hobbs, as well as important contemporary lower-court cases, such as Elane Photography v. Willock and Spencer v. World Vision.
Religion is Special Enough, Virginia Law Review (forthcoming 2017)
Religious Exemptions, Third-Party Harms, and the Establishment Clause, Notre Dame Law Review (2016) (symposium)
RFRA, State RFRAs, and Religious Minorities, San Diego Law Review (2016) (symposium)
Keeping Hobby Lobby in Perspective, in The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty (Micah Schwartzman, Chad Flanders, & Zoe Robinson eds., Oxford University Press, 2016)
Larry Sager and Religious Exemptions, St. Louis University Law Review (forthcoming 2016) (invited response to annual Childress Lecture)
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 essay)
The New Victims of the Old Anti-Catholicism, Connecticut Law Review (2012)
The Future of the Establishment Clause in Context: A Response to Ledewitz, Chicago-Kent Law Review (2012) (symposium)
Salazar v. Buono and the Future of the Establishment Clause, Northwestern University Law Review (2011)
In Defense of the Ministerial Exception, North Carolina Law Review (2011)
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.