Carl H. Esbeck

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Carl H. Esbeck

R.B. Price Professor Emeritus of Law/ Isabelle Wade & Paul C. Lyda Emeritus of Law

BS, Iowa State University, '71
JD, with distinction, Cornell University, '74

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professor Esbeck joined the faculty in 1981. After serving as an Editor on the Cornell Law Review, he held a clerkship with the Honorable Howard C. Bratton, chief judge of the U.S. District Court in New Mexico. From 1975-81, Professor Esbeck practiced law in the firm of Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he was a partner when he left in 1981.

He has published widely in the area of religious liberty and church-state relations. Professor Esbeck is recognized as the progenitor of “Charitable Choice,” an integral part of the 1996 Federal Welfare Reform Act, later made a part of three additional federal welfare programs. And he has taken the lead in recognizing that the modern Supreme Court has applied the establishment clause not as a right, but as a structural limit on the government’s authority in specifically religious matters. While on leave from 1999 to 2002, Professor Esbeck directed the Center for Law & Religious Freedom (CLRF) and then served as Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. While directing the CLRF, Professor Esbeck was a central part of the congressional advocacy behind the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA). While at the Department of Justice one of his duties was to direct a task force to remove barriers to the equal-treatment of faith-based organizations applying for social service grants.

Professor Esbeck teaches Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Religious Liberty, Civil Rights, and a Seminar on the Foundations of the American Constitution.

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Staffing on a Religious Basis: Professor Esbeck in Oxford Journal of Law & Religion

Professor Esbeck Speaks in Michigan on Religion and Public Life

Professor Esbeck Debates Hobby Lobby Case with UMKC Professor

Religious Freedom Restoration Act Topic of Commentary by Professor Esbeck

Professor Esbeck’s Law Review Articles to be Translated into Chinese

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Most Recent Publications

Federal Contractors, Title VII, and LGBT Employment Discrimination: Can Religious Organizations Continue to Staff on a Religious Basis?, 4 OXFORD JOURNAL OF LAW AND RELIGION 1 (2015).

Third-Party Harms, Congressional Statutes Accommodating Religion, and the Establishment Clause, UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI SCHOOL OF LAW LEGAL STUDIES RESEARCH PAPER no.2015-10

Third-Party Burdens, Congressional Accommodations for Religion, and the Establishment Clause, Hearing on Oversight of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, before the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice (February 13, 2015)

Differences: Real and Rhetorical: Responding to Non-Discrimination Executive Order and Religious Freedom, Cornerstone: Blog of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs (July 21, 2014)

Freedom of the Church: Responding to Shifting Applicability: A History of Judicial Approaches to Free Exercise, Cornerstone: Blog of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs (June 5, 2014)

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