Bruce Ledewitz, J.D.

Bruce Ledewitz

Professor of Law
School of Law
Law

Room 316, Hanley Hall
Phone: 412.396.5011
ledewitz@duq.edu
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=624437

Education:

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

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

Courses

FALL 2018
Constitutional Law (01)
Pennsylvania State Constitutional Law (61)

SPRING 2019
Philosophy of Law (61)

FALL 2019
Constitutional Law (01)
Pennsylvania State Constitutional Law (61)

Honors/Professional Affiliations

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

Scholarship

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).

Book Reviews

What Has Gone Wrong and What Can We Do About It?

Bruce Ledewitz, What Has Gone Wrong and What Can We Do About It? 54 Tulsa L. Rev. 247 (2019) (reviewing Benjamin I Page and Martin Gilens, Democracy in America (2018), Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, How Democracies Die (2018) and Lawrence Lessig, America, Compromised (2018)).

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

The Supreme Court Will Preserve the Bladensburg Cross, But It Matters How

Bruce Ledewitz, The Supreme Court Will Preserve the Bladensburg Cross, But It Matters How, March 21, 2019, Washington Examiner. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/the-supreme-court-will-preserve-the-bladensburg-cross-but-it-matters-how

What is the Best Model for Investigating Presidential Wrongdoing Today?

Bruce Ledewitz, What is the Best Model for Investigating Presidential Wrongdoing Today?, 57 Duq. L.Rev. 225 (2019).

SCOTUS Gerrymandering Case: Roberts Didn't Defend Constitutional Democracy

Bruce Ledewitz, SCOTUS Gerrymandering Case: Roberts Didn't Defend Constitutional Democracy, Pennsylvania Capital-Star, July 2, 2019.
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/scotus-gerrymandering-case-roberts-didnt-defend-constitutional-democracy-bruce-ledewitz/

Is There Room for a Middle Ground in the Debate Over Abortion Rights?

Bruce Ledewitz, Is There Room for a Middle Ground in the Debate Over Abortion Rights?, Pennsylvania Capital-Star, June 27, 2019. https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/is-there-room-for-a-middle-ground-in-the-debate-over-abortion-rights-bruce-ledewitz/

Taking the Threat to Democracy Seriously

Bruce Ledewitz, Taking the Threat to Democracy Seriously, 49 U. Memphis L.Rev. 1305 (2019).

The Obama Judge and the Foundations of the Rule of Law

Bruce Ledewitz, The Obama Judge and the Foundations of the Rule of Law, Jurist, December 2, 2018. https://www.jurist.org/commentary/2018/12/bruce-ledewitz-the-obama-judge-and-the...

The Resurrection of Trust in American Law and Public Discourse

Bruce Ledewitz, The Resurrection of Trust in American Law and Public Discourse, 56 Duq. L.Rev. 21-47 (Summer 2018). https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3244592

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

Presentations

Anti-Semitism

Bruce Ledewitz, Anti-Semitism, panel presentation at Duquesne University (March 18, 2019).

To Save American Democracy, Prevent Court-Packing

Bruce Ledewitz, To Save American Democracy, Prevent Court-Packing, presentation at University of Memphis Law Review 2019 Symposium, Barriers at the Ballot Box: Protecting or Limiting the Core of the American Identity? (March 15, 2019).

Special Counsel Investigations and Legal Ethics,

Bruce Ledewitz, Special Counsel Investigations and Legal Ethics, CLE at Duquesne Law School (February 8, 2019).

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).

Bends Towards Justice Podcast

"Bends Towards Justice" is an original podcast created and hosted by Duquesne University School of Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz. The show is produced in partnership with The August Wilson African American Cultural Center and funded by The Pittsburgh Foundation. The podcast asks a simple, but fundamental question-do we agree with Dr. King that arc of the moral universe bends toward justice? The guests in this series provide a variety of perspectives on that question. The goal of the podcast is for the listener to understand what is at stake in this question and to come to a decision.

Episode 1

Introduction to MLK's concept that the arc of the moral universe bends towards justice

Episode 2

Michael Shermer: Despite the discourse, at present, humanity is kinder and gentler

Check back for more episodes soon!