Duquesne University School of Law

Bruce Ledewitz, J.D.

Professor of Law

Office: Hanley Hall 316

Phone Number: (412) 396-5011

E-Mail Address: ledewitz@duq.edu

Education: J.D., Yale Law School, 1977
B.S.F.S., Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1974

Bruce Ledewitz is a professor of law at Duquesne University School of law. He teaches in the areas of state and federal constitutional law and jurisprudence, specializing in law and religion and law and the secular.  Ledewitz is co-director of the Duquesne University School of Law's Pennsylvania Constitution website. In 1981, Ledewitz founded the Allegheny County Death Penalty Project, which he directed for 13 years.  He co-founded the Western Pennsylvania Coalition Against the Death Penalty and served from 1985-1990 as secretary of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.  He is past winner of the Allegheny County Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award, the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Liberty Award, the Marjorie Matson Civil Liberties Award and the Inaugural Dr. John & Liz Murray Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship in 2012. 

Ledewitz writes and speaks widely on a variety of legal and religious topics.  He is the author of American Religious Democracy: Coming to Terms with the End of Secular Politics (Praeger 2007), Hallowed Secularism: Theory, Belief, and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan 2009) and Church, State, and the Crisis in American Secularism (Indiana University Press 2011).  Ledewitz received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and his J.D. from Yale Law School.  

Blog 

http://www.hallowedsecularism.org

11/20/2014, "Should the Death Penalty be Executed?" Panel sponsored by the Federalist Society, The American Constitution Society and The Criminal Law Society at Duquesne University School of Law.

10/7/2014, Tribute to Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, Duquesne University School of Law.

9/27/2014, "The End of an Era in Pennsylvania Constitutional Law: The Retirement of Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille" CLE at Duquesne University School of Law.

8/18/2013, CLE at St. Vincent University entitled Law and Religion in America Today.

4/20/2013, “Are We All Really Mostly Religious?” at the Third Church/State Issues Symposium of the Delaware Valley Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

3/24/2013, “We Are All Religious Now: How the Vietnam-Era Draft Cases Can Reduce America’s Emnity Over Religion” at Florida State University Conference on Religion and Law in American History.

3/20/2013, commentary on presentation by Greg Lukianoff, Director of FIRE, at meeting of Federalist Society at Duquesne University School of Law.

1/5/2013, "On Taking Nihilism Seriously," Panel at annual meeting of Lumen Christi and Christian Law Professors, Comment on Catholic/Evangelical statement on law, politics and government.  

10/26/12, "Emerging Issues in First Amendment Jurisprudence: Interpreting the Relationship Between Religion and the State in the Modern Age," panel at Elon Law Review Symposium.

2/25/2012, Panel presentation at annual Religious Legal Theory Conference, at Pepperdine University School of Law.

2/11/2012, "Secularism, Religion and Morality," CLE presentation at Duquesne University School of Law.

1/12/2012, "Is There a Crisis in American Secularism?," delivered to the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Center for Inquiry.

11/3/2011, Presentation at Duquesne School of Law Symposium on the Future of the Establishment Clause in Context.

10/22/2011, Panel presentation at Loyola Law School Second Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium.

6/19/2011, "What Kind of Establishment Clause is Appropriate for Religion in an Age of Science?" workshop, presented at the annual convention of The Institute on Religion in an Age of Science.

4/9/2011, "Higher Law in the Public Square: A New Interpretation of Church and State," presented at the Delaware Valley Regional Convention of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Professor Bruce Ledewitz is the author of:

Church, State, and the Crisis in American Secularism (Indiana University Press 2011). 

Hallowed Secularism: Theory, Belief, Practice (Palgrave Macmillan 2009).

American Religious Democracy: Coming to Terms with the End of Secular Politics (Praeger 2007).

 

Pennsylvania Constitution website 

SSRN Profile     SelectedWorks bePress

Experimenting with Religious Liberty: The Quasi-Constitutional Status of Religious Exemptions, 6 Elon  L.R. 37 (2014). 

The Vietnam Draft Cases and the Pro-Religion Equality Project, 43 U. Balt. L.Rev. 1 (2014).

Allegheny County Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award

Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Liberty Award

Marjorie Matson Civil Liberties Award

Dr. John & Liz Murray Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship

Thursday, March 30, 2017

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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