Nelson Tebbe

Professor of Law

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Areas of Expertise

Constitutional Law
Law and Religion
Professional Ethics

Education
A.B., Brown University
J.D., Yale Law School
Ph.D., The University of Chicago Divinity School

The Economist: Religious-liberty laws: Left, right

7/8/2016

Professor Nelson Tebbe comments on the United States Supreme Court’s refusal to hear Stormans v. Wiesman, which involved the question of whether pharmacists could refuse to fill birth control prescriptions because of moral or religious objections.

The New York Times: The Supreme Court’s Wishful Thinking About Compromise

5/27/2016

Professor Nelson Tebbe is mentioned as a "smart observer of the court" in an opinion piece by Linda Greenhouse examining the Zubik decision. (Tebbe and his SCOTUSblog co-authors were also mentioned as “sophisticated observers” by New York Times reporter Adam Liptak.)

Professor Nelson Tebbe Co-Authors Slate Op-Ed on Challenge to the Affordable Care Act Contraception Coverage

4/28/2016

Professor Nelson Tebbe co-authored the op-ed, “The Contraception Compromise,” recently featured on Slate. Professor Tebbe, along with co-authors Richard C. Schragger and Micah Schwartzman of the University of Virginia School of Law, examine Zubik v. Burwell, a case before the United States Supreme Court involving the question of whether religious institutions other than churches should be exempt from the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act. Under ACA, the U.S. Department of Human Services requires non-church employers to cover certain contraceptives for their female employees.

Professor Nelson Tebbe on ‘The Religious Freedom Loophole’

3/11/2016

Can a sex club become a church, legally? Professor Nelson Tebbe was recently asked this question for a public radio story "The Religious Freedom Loophole," produced by the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Professor Nelson Tebbe Comments on Religious Freedom in Wake of Marriage Equality Decision

9/5/2015

The historic U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states, has raised questions of the role and limits of religious freedom and the law. Professor Nelson Tebbe, a nationally recognized expert on Constitutional Law, Law and Religion, and Professional Ethics, is being widely sought after to provide commentary on the decision as it related to religion and the constitution.

Professor Nelson Tebbe Quoted by Associated Press on First Amendment Issues Arising in Unlikely Venues

8/5/2015

Professor Nelson Tebbe, a nationally recognized expert on both Constitutional Law as well as Religion and Law, was quoted in a recent Associated Press story about the rising number of conflicts involving bakeries and the messages customers are requesting to be written on their cakes.

Professor Nelson Tebbe Comments on Religious Freedom in Wake of Marriage Equality Decision

7/9/2015

The historic U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states, has raised questions of the role and limits of religious freedom and the law. Professor Nelson Tebbe, a nationally recognized expert on Constitutional Law, Law and Religion, and Professional Ethics, is being widely sought after to provide commentary on the decision as it related to religion and the constitution.

Professor Nelson Tebbe quoted extensively on Religious Freedom Restoration Act

4/4/2015

Professor Nelson Tebbe, an expert on law and religion, has been a prominent commentator in national media coverage of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) recently signed into law by Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

Professor Nelson Tebbe Co-authors Slate Op-ed

3/21/2015

Professor Nelson Tebbe co-authored an op-ed titled "Utah 'Compromise' to Protect LGBT Citizens From Discrimination Is No Model for the Nation" that appeared on Slate March 18, 2015.

Professor Tebbe Testifies Before the House on Religious Freedom Restoration Act

3/2/2015

At the U.S. House Committee on Constitution and Civil Justice hearing on February 13, Professor Nelson Tebbe presented testimony on questions of religious freedom and equality law.

Professor Tebbe Co-authors New York Times Op-ed “A License to Say Anything?”

1/13/2015

Professor Nelson Tebbe co-authored an op-ed titled “A License to Say Anything?” that appeared in the Jan. 9, 2015 New York Times.

Professor Nelson Tebbe Plays Role in Historic Order on LGBT Equality

7/25/2014
Yesterday, President Obama signed an executive order expanding protections for federal workers and contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation. The historic order follows recent urgent recommendations by Professor Nelson Tebbe and other legal scholars to resist requests for broad religious exemptions.

Professor Nelson Tebbe on Hobby Lobby Ruling in New York Daily News Op-Ed

7/5/2014
In a New York Daily News op-ed, Professor Nelson Tebbe criticized the Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which will allow businesses to opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate on the grounds of religious freedom.

Professor Nelson Tebbe on Religious Neutrality in Balkinization Op-Ed

5/12/2014
In a recent op-ed in Balkinization, Professor Nelson Tebbe, along with Professors Richard Schragger and Micah Schwartzman of the University of Virginia School of Law, discussed the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Town of Greece v. Galloway and its potential repercussions on religious freedom.

Professor Nelson Tebbe on Supreme Court Oral Arguments for Birth Control Mandate

3/29/2014

As a guest blogger for Balkinization, Professor Nelson Tebbe wrote about yesterday’s oral arguments in U.S. Supreme Court for Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. The highly publicized case challenges the requirement that most employers provide comprehensive contraceptive coverage in their employee health insurance plans. At issue is whether for-profit corporations can have rights of religious conscience.

Professor Nelson Tebbe on Birth Control Mandate in Slate Op-Ed, Blog Series

11/30/2013
In a recent op-ed for Slate, Professor Nelson Tebbe dissected media coverage of "off the wall" constitutional arguments – specifically, the “lopsided” story in the New York Times on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. The case, one of two that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear, challenges the requirement that most employers provide contraceptive coverage in their employee health insurance plans.

Professor Nelson Tebbe Featured as Frequent Commentator on Constitutional Law and Religious Freedom Issues

9/28/2013
Recent headlines have brought constitutional law and religious freedom into sharp focus. As one of the country’s foremost experts in these areas, Professor Nelson Tebbe has been frequently called upon to share his expertise.

Professor Nelson Tebbe Comments on DOMA Case Before the Supreme Court

10/22/2012

Professor Nelson Tebbe spoke to Law360 about the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the growing possibility that the Supreme Court will decide on its constitutionality. Federal circuit courts have already deemed it unconstitutional, in particular Section 3, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

Professor Nelson Tebbe Comments on Muslim Discrimination Case Against NYPD

6/10/2012

In a recent report by New Jersey Public Radio, Professor Nelson Tebbe commented on a suit recently filed by Muslim Advocates against the NYPD. The group claims that the NYPD's surveillance program targeting Muslim Americans in the New York area violates the 1st and 14th Amendments, regarding equal protection and free exercise of religion.

Professor Nelson Tebbe Argues for Same-Sex Marriage in UPenn Law Review

10/15/2010

In the latest issue of PENNumbra, a project of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Professor Nelson Tebbe with Professor Deborah A. Widiss from the Indiana University School of Law, present a nuanced argument defending same-sex marriage. Their statement expands on their article published earlier this year "Equal Access and the Right to Marry." A rebuttal is presented by Professor Shannon Gilreath of Wake Forest University.

Professor Nelson Tebbe on Landmark Prop 8 Decision

9/3/2010
Professor Nelson Tebbe spoke with attorney and co-host Bob Ambrogi about the the landmark decision in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, which overturned California's controversial Proposition 8. With Professor Adam Winkler from UCLA Law School and Thomas J. Barbar, Family Law Chair of the Mass Bar Association, Professor Tebbe explored reactions to the ruling and the legal issues surrounding gay marriage.

Professor Nelson Tebbe and the BLS Summer Law Institute Profiled by ABC News

9/3/2010
During the summer of 2010, Brooklyn Law School hosted a five-week legal education Summer Law Institute for rising 9th-grade students from all five boroughs. Taught by BLS students Robert Kornblum '11 and Taemin Sohn '12, the classes focused on criminal justice and trial procedure. ABC Eye Witness News profiled the Summer Law Institute and spoke to Professor Nelson Tebbe, who taught the students about criminal law and was also Kornblum’s criminal law professor. Tebbe told Art McFarland, the ABC News reporter, that he hoped the students would "feel what it's like to be a lawyer” and “get a sense of what they could do with their skills professionally.”

Professor Tebbe Quoted in New York Times

11/5/2009

In the days before the 2009 election, registered voters of City Council 34 received prerecorded calls from Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, the Roman Catholic bishop of Brooklyn, praising City Council candidate Vito J. Lopez. While the message did not instruct New Yorkers to vote for the bishop’s preferred candidate, it did walk along a fine line that limits nonprofit organizations, which have tax-exempt status, from advocating particular politicians. Professor Nelson Tebbe, an expert on religion and the Constitution, told the New York Times, “There are constitutional rules and I.R.S. rules, and the I.R.S. rules are really more pertinent here.”