Leslie C. Griffin

Leslie C. Griffin

William S. Boyd Professor of Law

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Areas of expertise:

Constitutional Law, First Amendment, Law and Religion, Bioethics


Dr. Leslie C. Griffin is the William S. Boyd Professor of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law. Professor Griffin, who teaches constitutional law, is known for her interdisciplinary work in law and religion. She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. She is author of the Foundation Press casebooks, Law and Religion: Cases and Materials (4th edition, 2017) and Practicing Bioethics Law (2015), which was co-authored with Joan H. Krause, Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law. 

A recent book chapter (with Marci A. Hamilton) is Legislators Should Eliminate Religious Exemption from Laws Protecting Children, in THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF CHILDREN AND THE LAW (James G. Dwyer, ed., Oxford University Press, 2019).  Recent articles include What Can We Expect of Law and Religion in 2020?, 73 SMU L. REV. F. 73 (2020); Traumatic Brain Injury: Compassionate Care, Not Clinical Nihilism, 6:2 JOURNAL OF HOSPITAL ETHICS 87 (Fall 2019) (with Carole S. Anhalt); Conquering Brain Injury, 34:5 Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation 366 (2019), Religious Freedom, Human Rights, and Peaceful Coexistence, 50 Loyola University Chicago Law Journal 77 (2018), Pre-or Post-Mortem?, 18 Nevada Law Journal 221 (2017).

Griffin is Director of Amicus Advocacy for CHILD USA, and has written numerous amicus briefs defending children’s and employees’ religious freedom. She also blogs for Justia’s Verdict column. 

Other writings include Marriage Rights and Religious Exemptions in the United States, Oxford Handbooks Online (2017), Beyond the Basketball Court: How Brittney Griner’s In My Skin Illustrates Title IX’s Failure to Protect LGBT Athletes at Religious Institutions, 34 Law and Inequality 489 (2016), A Word of Warning from A Woman: Arbitrary, Categorical, and Hidden Religious Exemptions Threaten LGBT Rights, 7 Ala. C.R. & C.L.L. Rev. 97 (2015), and The Catholic Bishops vs. the Contraceptive Mandate, Religions 2015, 6, 1411–1432. Her rewritten opinion about the abortion funding case, Harris v. McRae, 448 U.S. 297 (1980), is in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court  (L. Berger, B. Crawford & K. Stanchi, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2016). 

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