Elizabeth Sepper

Associate Professor of Law


B.A., 2002, Boston University
J.D., 2006, New York University School of Law
LL.M., 2007, New York University School of Law 

Curriculum Vitae




Rachel Mance - (314) 935-3380

Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-3380
Email: esepper@wustl.edu  


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 566

Courses Taught

Health Law
Organization and Regulation of the Healthcare Enterprise
Advocacy in Health Law & Policy Seminar


Professor Elizabeth Sepper is a health law scholar whose work explores the interaction of morality, professional ethics, and law in health care and insurance. She has written extensively on conscientious refusals to provide reproductive and end-of-life healthcare and on conflicts over religious liberty and insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage mandate. Her scholarship also examines the interaction of religious liberty and gay rights. Her articles have appeared in top journals, including the Columbia Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, Harvard Journal of Gender & Law, and Harvard Law Review Forum.

Prior to joining the faculty, she was a fellow at the Center for Reproductive Rights and Columbia Law School. She also clerked for the Hon. Marjorie Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and practiced at Human Rights Watch and NYU School of Law's Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. Sepper received her J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, and LL.M. in international legal studies from NYU School of Law. She received her B.A. in history summa cum laude from Boston University.

Representative Publications

Forthcoming Scholarship

  • "Contracting Religion," in Law, Religion, and Health in America (Holly Fernandez Lynch, I. Glenn Cohen, & Elizabeth Sepper eds. Cambridge Univ. forthcoming 2017)
  • "The Role of Religion in State Public Accommodations Laws," 60 Saint Louis University Law Journal (forthcoming 2016)

Recent Articles

  • "Free Exercise Lochnerism" 115 Columbia Law Review (2015) [SSRN]
  • "Healthcare Exemptions and the Future of Corporate Religious Liberty," in The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty (Micah Schwartzman, Chad Flanders & Zoe Robinson, eds. 2015) [SSRN]
  • Taking Conscience Seriously," 98 Virginia Law Review 1501 (2012) [SSRN]
  • "Doctoring Discrimination in the Same-Sex Marriage Debates," 89 Indiana Law Journal 703 (2014) [SSRN]  
  • "Contraception and the Birth of Corporate Conscience," 22 American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law 303 (2014) (symposium) [SSRN]