Leslie C. Griffin

William S. Boyd Professor of Law
Phone: (702) 895-2071
B.A., summa cum laude, University of Notre Dame
M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University (Religious Studies)
J.D., Stanford Law School



Leslie C. Griffin & Joan H. Krause, Practicing Bioethics Law (Foundation Press forthcoming 2015).

Leslie C. Griffin, Law and Religion: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press 2007) (2nd ed. 2010) (3rd ed. 2013).

Leslie C. Griffin, Law and Religion: Cases in Context (Aspen 2010).

The Catholic Church, Morality, and Politics (Leslie C. Griffin & Charles E. Curran eds., Paulist Press 2001).

Religion & Politics in the American Milieu (Leslie C. Griffin ed., The Review of Politics 1989).


Book Contributions

Leslie C. Griffin, Religion and the Courts 1790-1947, in Cambridge History of Religion in America (S. J. Stein ed., 2012).

Leslie C. Griffin, Religious Sanctity and Political Power, in The Legacy of Billy Graham: Reflections on America's Great Evangelist 107-21 (M. Long ed., Westminster John Knox Press 2008).

Leslie C. Griffin, The Story of Edwards v. Aguillard: The Genesis of Creation-Science, in Education Stories 255-67 (M. Olivas & R.G. Schneider eds., Foundation Press 2007).

Leslie C. Griffin, The Second Great Argument About Freedom, in A Just and True Love: Feminism at the Fronteirs of Theological Ethics 406-28 (M. A. Ryan & B. F. Linnane eds., University of Notre Dame Press 2007).

Leslie C. Griffin, Bohatch v. Butler & Binion, in Legal Ethics Law Stories 55-87 (D. Rhode & D. Luban eds., Foundation Press 2005).

Leslie C. Griffin, Whistleblowing in the Business World, in Enron: Corporate Fiascos and Legal Implications 209-36 (N. Rapoport & B. Dharan eds., Foundation Press 2004).

Leslie C. Griffin, Pope John XXIII, in The Teachings of Modern Christianity on Law, Politics and Human Nature Vol. I 145-72 (J. Witte & F. Alexander eds., Columbia University Press 2005); id. Vol. II, 94-115.

Leslie C. Griffin, Declaration on Religious Liberty, in Modern Catholic Social Teaching: Commentaries and Interpretations 244-65 (K. Himes ed., Georgetown University Press 2005).

Leslie C. Griffin, Citizen-Soldiers are Like Priests: Feminism in Law and Theology, in Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought 194-205 (M. McConnell et al. eds., Yale University Press 2001).

Leslie C. Griffin, Evangelium Vitae: Abortion, in Evangelium Vitae 159-73 (K. Wildes & A. Mitchell eds., Georgetown University Press 1997) reprinted in Readings in Moral Theology No. 10 (C. Curran & R. McCormick eds., 1998).

Leslie C. Griffin, Moral Criticism as Moral Teaching, in The Making of an Economic Vision 250-60 (J. Houck & O. Williams eds., 1991).

Leslie C. Griffin, The Church, Morality and Public Policy, in Moral Theology 241-60 (C. Curran ed., 1990).

Leslie C. Griffin, American Catholic Sexual Ethics 1789-1989, in Perspectives on the American Catholic Church, 1789-1989 231-52 (S. Vicchio & V. Geiger eds., 1989) reprinted in Readings in Moral Theology No. 8 453-84 (C. Curran & R. McCormick eds., 1993).



Leslie C. Griffin, Hobby Lobby: The Crafty Case That Threatens Women’s Rights and Religious Freedom, __ Hastings Const. L.Q. __ (forthcoming 2015).

Leslie C. Griffin, The Sins of Hosanna-Tabor, 88 Indiana L.J. 981 (2013).

Leslie C. Griffin, Divining the Scope of the Ministerial Exception, 39 Hum. Rts. 19 (2013).

Leslie C. Griffin, Smith and Women’s Equality, 32 Cardozo L. Rev. 1831 (2011).

Leslie C. Griffin, Snyder v. Phelps: Searching for a Legal Standard, 2010 Cardozo L. Rev. De Novo 353.

Leslie C. Griffin, Fighting the New Wars of Religion: The Need for a Tolerant First Amendment, 62 Maine L. Rev. 23 (2010).

Leslie C. Griffin, No Law Respecting the Practice of Religion, 85 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. 475 (2008).

Leslie C. Griffin, Political Reason, 22 St. John's J. Legal Comment. 493 (2007).

Leslie C. Griffin, Conscience and Emergency Contraception, 6 Houston J. Health L. 299 (2006).

Leslie C. Griffin, Watch Out for Whistleblowers, 33 J. L. Med. & Ethics 160 (2005).

Leslie C. Griffin, What Might Have Been: Contraception and Religious Liberty, 1 U. St. Thomas L.J. 632 (2003).

Leslie C. Griffin, What Do Clients Want? A Clients’ Theory of Professionalism, 52 Emory L.J. 1087 (2003).

Leslie C. Griffin, Fundamentalism from the Perspective of Liberal Tolerance, 24 Cardozo L. Rev. 1631 (2003).

Leslie C. Griffin, Their Own Prepossessions: The Establishment Clause 1999-2000, 33 Loy. U. Chi. L. Rev. 237 (2001).

Leslie C. Griffin, The Prudent Prosecutor, 14 Georgetown J. Legal Ethics 259 (2001).

Leslie C. Griffin, “We Do Not Preach. We Teach.”: Religion Professors and the First Amendment, 19 Quinnipiac L. Rev. 1 (2000).

Leslie C. Griffin, The Relevance of Religion to a Lawyer’s Work: Legal Ethics, 66 Fordham L. Rev. 1253 (1998).

Leslie C. Griffin, Good Catholics Should Be Rawlsian Liberals, 5 S. Cal. Interdisc. L.J. 297 (1997).

Leslie C. Griffin, Whose Duties and Liabilities to Third Parties?, 37 S. Tex. L. Rev. 1191 (1996).

Leslie C. Griffin, The Lawyer’s Dirty Hands, 8 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 219 (1995).

Leslie C. Griffin, The Trivialization of Religion, 1994 Wis. L. Rev. 1287.

Leslie C. Griffin, The Problem of Dirty Hands, 17 J. Religious Ethics 31-61 (1989).

Leslie C. Griffin, Catholics, Blacks, Evangelicals: Three Versions of the Public Church, 1 New Theology Rev. 20 (1988).

Leslie C. Griffin, Women in Religious Congregations and Politics, 49 Theological Stud. 417 (1988).

Leslie C. Griffin, The Integration of Spiritual and Temporal, 48 Theological Stud. 225 (1987).

Leslie C. Griffin, Review Essay on Affirmative Action, 3 J. L. & Religion 455-61 (1985).


Commentaries, Essays, and Reviews

Leslie C. Griffin, Review Essay, Religion and Politics 2008-2009: Sometimes You Get What You Pray For, 25 J.L. & Religion 205 (2010).

Leslie C. Griffin, Book Review, 7 Conversations in Religion & Theology 184 (2009) (reviewing Charles E. Curran, Catholic Moral Theology in the United States: A History (Geo. Univ. Press 2008)).

Leslie C. Griffin, Review Essay, Religion and Politics 2004-2007, 23 J.L. & Religion 321 (2007).

Leslie C. Griffin, Massachusetts Statute Highlights Controversy Over Access to Emergency Contraception, Health Law Perspectives (Jan. 20, 2006).

Leslie C. Griffin, Book Review, 14 King's College L.J. 108 (2003) (reviewing Peter Cane, Responsibility in Law and Morality (Hart Publ’g 2002)).

Leslie C. Griffin, Hiding Behind the First Amendment, Gov't L. Pol. J., Winter/Spring 2003, at 55.

Leslie C. Griffin, Jimmy and Oliver, National Catholic Reporter, Mar. 15, 2002, at 18.

Leslie C. Griffin, Dedication [for Justice Hans Linde]: A Modest Relativism, 64 Alb. L. Rev. 1145 (2001).

Leslie C. Griffin, Book Review, 14 New Theology Rev. 89 (2001) (reviewing Garth Kasimu Baker-Fletcher, Dirty Hands: Christian Ethics in a Morally Ambiguous World (Fortress Press 2000)).

Leslie C. Griffin, A Response to Michael J. Perry, CTSA Proceedings 55, 2000, at 86-88.

Leslie C. Griffin, Book Review, 76 J. Religion 485 (1996) (reviewing Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Paying the Words Extra: Religious Discourse in the Supreme Court of the United States (Harvard Univ. Press 1994)).

Leslie C. Griffin, Book Review, 8 J.L. & Religion 557 (1990) (reviewing Christopher F. Mooney, Public Virtue: Law and the Social Character of Religion (Univ. Notre Dame Press 1986)).

Leslie C. Griffin, Review Essay on Sexual Ethics, 160 America 227 (Mar. 11, 1989).

Leslie C. Griffin, Book Review, 56 J. Am. Acad. Religion 325 (1988) (reviewing Charles E. Curran, Toward an American Catholic Moral Theology (1987)).

Leslie C. Griffin, Book Review, 55 J. Am. Acad. Religion 416 (1987) (reviewing J. Philip Wogaman, Faith and Fragmentation (1985)).


Encyclopedia Entries

Leslie C. Griffin, John Courtney Murray, in Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties 2:1049 (P. Finkelman ed., 2006).

Leslie C. Griffin, Euthanasia, in Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity 317 (D. Shelton ed., Macmillan 2005).

Leslie C. Griffin, Religious Freedom: Catholicism, in Encyclopedia of Religious Freedom (C. Cookson ed., Berkshire/Routledge, 2003).


Practice Oriented Publications

Law in a Flash: Constitutional Law (Leslie C. Griffin ed., 2011).


Leslie C. Griffin on the Scholarly Commons

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise
Constitutional Law
First Amendment
Law and Religion