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

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).

Dr. John & Liz Murray Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship 2017

Allegheny County Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award

Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Liberty Award

Marjorie Matson Civil Liberties Award

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Books

Church, State, and the Crisis in American Secularism

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

Hallowed Secularism: Theory, Belief, Practice

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

American Religious Democracy: Coming to Terms with the End of Secular Politics

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

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Book Reviews

The Sacred Rights of Conscience, Edited by Daniel L. Dreisbach and Mark David Hall [book review]

Bruce Ledewitz, The Sacred Rights of Conscience, Edited by Daniel L. Dreisbach and Mark David Hall, 5 Unbound - Ann. Rev. Leg. Hist. & Rare Books 100 (2012)

Articles

Kennedy's Retirement: Despair Not, Go Out and Organize

Bruce Ledewitz, Kennedy's Retirement: Despair Not, Go Out and Organize, Jurist, June 28, 2018.

https://www.jurist.org/commentary/2018/06/ledewitz-kennedy-despair-organize
Why Won’t Free Speech Save Us?

Bruce Ledewitz, Why Won’t Free Speech Save Us?, Starting Points, June 11, 2018.

http://startingpointsjournal.com/wont-free-speech-save-us-2/
When I Left the Darwin Day Committee

Bruce Ledewitz, When I Left the Darwin Day Committee, 122 Penn St. L. Rev. Penn Statim 1 (2018).

http://www.pennstatelawreview.org/penn-statim/when-i-left-the-darwin-day-committ...
A Lost Opportunity to Reach a Consensus on Gerrymandering

Bruce Ledewitz, A Lost Opportunity to Reach a Consensus on Gerrymandering, Jurist, Feb. 13, 2018.

http://www.jurist.org/forum/2018/02/Pennsylvania-Gerrymandering-Bruce-Ledewitz.p...
Has Nihilism Politicized the Supreme Court Nomination Process?

Bruce Ledewitz, Has Nihilism Politicized the Supreme Court Nomination Process? 32 BYU J. Pub. L. 1-46 (2017).

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3150379
Is Religion a Non-Negotiable Aspect of Liberal Constitutionalism?

Bruce Ledewitz, Is Religion a Non-Negotiable Aspect of Liberal Constitutionalism?, 2017 Mich. St. L. Rev. 209 (2017).

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3084103
The Role of Religiously Affiliated Law Schools in the Renewal of American Democracy

Bruce Ledewitz, The Role of Religiously Affiliated Law Schools in the Renewal of American Democracy, 12 U. Mass. L. Rev. 230 (2017).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=2876820
The Threat of Independent Political Spending to Democratic Life - and a Plan to Stop It

Bruce Ledewitz, The Threat of Independent Political Spending to Democratic Life - and a Plan to Stop It, 64 (2) Clev. St. L. Rev. 133 (2016).

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3105455
The Five Days in June when Values Died in American Law

Bruce Ledewitz, The Five Days in June when Values Died in American Law, 49 (1) Akron L. Rev. 115 (2016).

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3084715
Beyond Edmunds: The State Constitutional Legacy of Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille

Bruce Ledewitz, Beyond Edmunds: The State Constitutional Legacy of Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, 53 Duq. L. Rev. 371 (2015).

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3121154
An Addendum in Light of Recent Developments

Bruce Ledewitz, An Addendum in Light of Recent Developments, 53  Duq. L. Rev. 561 (2015).

Experimenting with Religious Liberty: The Quasi-Constitutional Status of Religious Exemptions

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

https://ssrn.com/abstract=2430784
The Vietnam Draft Cases and the Pro-Religion Equality Project

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

https://ssrn.com/abstract=2261171
Robert Taylor, An Appreciation

Bruce Ledewitz, Robert Taylor, An Appreciation, 50 Duq. L. Rev. 469 (2012).

Toward a Meaning-Full Establishment Clause Neutrality

Bruce Ledewitz, Toward a Meaning-Full Establishment Clause Neutrality, 87 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 3 (2012).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=2120635
Seeking Common Ground: A Secular Statement

Bruce Ledewitz, Seeking Common Ground: A Secular Statement, 38 Hastings Const. L.Q. 49 (2010).

Could Government Speech Endorsing a Higher Law Resolve the Establishment Clause Crisis

Bruce Ledewitz, Could Government Speech Endorsing a Higher Law Resolve the Establishment Clause Crisis, 41 St. Mary's L.J. 41 (2009)

The New New Secularism and the End of the Law of Separation of Church and State

Bruce Ledewitz, The New New Secularism and the End of the Law of Separation of Church and State, 28 Buff. Pub. Int. L.J. 1 (2009)

Up Against the Wall of Separation: The Question of American Religious Democracy

Bruce Ledewitz, Up Against the Wall of Separation: The Question of American Religious Democracy, 14 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 555 (2005)

The Present and Future of Federalism

Bruce Ledewitz, The Present and Future of Federalism, 43 Duq. L. Rev. 645 (2005).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=1932324
Justice Harlan's Law and Democracy

Bruce Ledewitz, Justice Harlan's Law and Democracy, 20 J.L. & Pol. 373 (2004)

A Constitution for Everyone

Bruce Ledewitz, A Constitution for Everyone, 43 Duq. L. Rev. 1 (2004).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=1932739
Corporate Advertising's Democracy

Bruce Ledewitz, Corporate Advertising's Democracy, 12 B.U. Pub. Int. L.J. 389 (2003).

The Promise of Democracy

Bruce Ledewitz, The Promise of Democracy, 32 Cap. U. L. Rev. 407 (2003).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=1931063
The Constitutions of Sustainable Capitalism and Beyond

Bruce Ledewitz, The Constitutions of Sustainable Capitalism and Beyond, 29 B. C. Envtl. Aff. L Rev. 229 (2002)

Mr. Carroll’s Mental State or What is Meant by Intent

Bruce Ledewitz, Mr. Carroll’s Mental State or What is Meant by Intent, 38 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 71 (2001).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=1931260
When Federal Law is Also State Law: The Implications for State Constitutional Law Methodology of Footnote Seven in Commonwealth v. Matos

Bruce Ledewitz, When Federal Law is Also State Law: The Implications for State Constitutional Law Methodology of Footnote Seven in Commonwealth v. Matos, 72 Temp. L. Rev. 561 (1999)

Establishing a Federal Constitutional Right to a Healthy Environment in Us and in Our Posterity

Bruce Ledewitz, Establishing a Federal Constitutional Right to a Healthy Environment in Us and in Our Posterity, 68 Miss. L.J. 565 (1998)

The Law of the Jubilee in Modern Perspective

Bruce Ledewitz; Robert D. Taylor, The Law of the Jubilee in Modern Perspective, 22 Vt. L. Rev. 157 (1997)

Law and the Coming Environmental Catastrophe

Bruce Ledewitz; Robert D. Taylor, Law and the Coming Environmental Catastrophe, 21 Wm. & Mary. Envtl. L. & Pol'y Rev. 599 (1997)

Recent Developments in Pennsylvania Law

Bruce Ledewitz, Recent Developments in Pennsylvania Law, 33 Duq. L. Rev. 523 (1995)

Perspectives on the Law of the American Sit-in

Bruce Ledewitz, Perspectives on the Law of the American Sit-in, 16 Whittier L. Rev. 499 (1995)

The Role of Lower State Courts in Adapting State Law to Changed Federal Interpretations

Bruce Ledewitz, The Role of Lower State Courts in Adapting State Law to Changed Federal Interpretations, 67 Temp. L. Rev. (1994).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=1933930
What's Really Wrong with the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Bruce Ledewitz, What's Really Wrong with the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 32 Duq. L. Rev. 3 (1994).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=1932193
No Punishment without Cruelty

Bruce Ledewitz; Scott Staples, No Punishment without Cruelty, 4 Geo. Mason U. C.R. L.J. 41 (1993)

Sources of Injustice in Death Penalty Practice: The Pennsylvania Experience

Bruce Ledewitz, Sources of Injustice in Death Penalty Practice: The Pennsylvania Experience, 95 Dickinson L. Rev. 651-690 (1991).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=1930473
The Morality of Capital Punishment: An Exchange

Bruce Ledewitz, The Morality of Capital Punishment: An Exchange, 29 Duq. L. Rev. 719 (1991).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=1932194
Civil Disobedience, Injunctions, and the First Amendment

Bruce Ledewitz, Civil Disobedience, Injunctions, and the First Amendment, 19 Hofstra L. Rev. 67 (1990).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=1931675
An Essay Concerning Judicial Resignation and Non-Cooperation in the Presence of Evil

Bruce Ledewitz, An Essay Concerning Judicial Resignation and Non-Cooperation in the Presence of Evil, 27 Duq. L. Rev. 1 (1988).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=1931782
Judicial Conscience and Natural Rights: A Reply to Professor Jaffa

Bruce Ledewitz, Judicial Conscience and Natural Rights: A Reply to Professor Jaffa, 10 U. Puget Sound L. Rev. 449 (1987).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=1932418
The Requirement of Death: Mandatory Language in the Pennsylvania Death Penalty Statute

Bruce Ledewitz, The Requirement of Death: Mandatory Language in the Pennsylvania Death Penalty Statute, Paper No. 2011-16, Duquesne University School of Law Research Paper (1982).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=1932291
The Uncertain Power of the President to Execute the Laws

Bruce Ledewitz, The Uncertain Power of the President to Execute the Laws, 46 Tenn. L. Rev. 757 (1979).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=1932735

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Presentations

The Resurrection of Trust in American Law and Public Discourse

Bruce Ledewitz, The Resurrection of Trust in American Law and Public Discourse, symposium at Shall These Bones Live? Resurrecting Truth in American Law and Public Discourse (Nov. 16-17, 2017).

Should the Death Penalty be Executed?

Bruce Ledewitz, 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 (2014).

Tribute to Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille

Bruce Ledewitz, Tribute to Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, presentation at Duquesne University School of Law (Oct. 7, 2014).

The End of an Era in Pennsylvania Constitutional Law: The Retirement of Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille

Bruce Ledewitz, The End of an Era in Pennsylvania Constitutional Law: The Retirement of Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, CLE at Duquesne University School of Law.

Law and Religion in America Today

Bruce Ledewitz, Law and Religion in America Today, CLE at St. Vincent University (August 18, 2013).

Are We All Really Mostly Religious?

Bruce Ledewitz, Are We All Really Mostly Religious?, presentation at the Third Church/State Issues Symposium of the Delaware Valley Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State (April 20 2013).

We Are All Religious Now: How the Vietnam-Era Draft Cases Can Reduce America’s Emnity Over Religion

Bruce Ledewitz, We Are All Religious Now: How the Vietnam-Era Draft Cases Can Reduce America’s Emnity Over Religion, presentation  at Florida State University Conference on Religion and Law in American History (March  24 2013).

Meeting of Federalist Society

Bruce Ledewitz, commentary on presentation by Greg Lukianoff, Director of FIRE, at meeting of Federalist Society at Duquesne University School of Law (March  20, 2013).

On Taking Nihilism Seriously

Bruce Ledewitz, Participant, On Taking Nihilism Seriously, panel at annual meeting of Lumen Christi and Christian Law Professors (Jan. 5, 2013).

Secularism, Religion and Morality

Bruce Ledewitz, Secularism, Religion and Morality, CLE presentation at Duquesne University School of Law (February 11, 2012).

Emerging Issues in First Amendment Jurisprudence: Interpreting the Relationship Between Religion and the State in the Modern Age

Bruce Ledewitz, Participant, Emerging Issues in First Amendment Jurisprudence: Interpreting the Relationship Between Religion and the State in the Modern Age, panel at Elon Law Review Symposium (October 26, 2012).

Annual Religious Legal Theory Conference

Bruce Ledewitz, Panel presentation at annual Religious Legal Theory Conference, at Pepperdine University School of Law (Feb. 25, 2012).

Is There a Crisis in American Secularism?

Bruce Ledewitz, Is There a Crisis in American Secularism?, delivered to the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Center for Inquiry (Jan. 12, 2012).

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