Elizabeth Sepper

Professor of Law


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

Curriculum Vitae




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Phone / Email

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


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 566

Courses Taught

Health Law
Health Care Business & Finance
Advocacy in Health Law & Policy Seminar


Professor Elizabeth Sepper is a scholar of religious liberty and health law. She has written extensively on conscientious refusals to provide reproductive and end-of-life healthcare and on conflicts over religion and insurance coverage. Sepper’s work also engages in legal theoretical and policy debates with regard to antidiscrimination law, social insurance, and equal citizenship. She is one of the nation’s foremost experts in the antidiscrimination obligations of public accommodations—that is, businesses, social service providers, and membership organizations that are open to the public—under federal, state, and local laws.

Professor Sepper’s articles have appeared in top journals, including the Columbia Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, and Harvard Journal of Gender & Law. Her article, Doctoring Discrimination in the Same-Sex Marriage Debates, on the issue of religious objections to gay rights won multiple awards, including the 2014 Dukeminier Award for best sexuality law scholarship.

Professor Sepper recently published LAW, RELIGION, AND HEALTH IN THE UNITED STATES (Holly Fernandez Lynch, I. Glenn Cohen, & Elizabeth Sepper, eds. Cambridge Univ. 2017).  With chapters showcasing a wide variety of perspectives and methodologies, the book explores pressing issues from religious burial and ceremonial practices that threaten public health to religious objections to counseling LGBT people. 

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 with distinction from Boston University.

Representative Publications

Forthcoming Scholarship

  • "Constitutional Law and Religion" (co-edited casebook with Frederick Mark Gedicks, Robert W. Tuttle, Micah J. Schwartzman, & Nelson Tebbe) (West forthcoming 2019)
  • "Zombie Religious Institutions", 112 Northwestern University Law Review ----- (forthcoming 2018), [SSRN]
  • "The Risky Business of RFRAs after" Hobby Lobby, in THE CONTESTED PLACE OF RELIGION IN FAMILY LAW (Robin Fretwell Wilson, ed. forthcoming 2018)

Recent Articles

  • "Contracting Religion," in LAW, RELIGION, AND HEALTH IN THE UNITED STATES (Holly Fernandez Lynch, I. Glenn Cohen, & Elizabeth Sepper eds. 2017)
  • "The Role of Religion in State Public Accommodations Laws," 60 Saint Louis University Law Journal 631 (2016) (invited response to Professor Larry Sager's Childress Lecture) [SSRN]
  • "Substantiating the Burdens of Compliance", 2016 University of Illinois Law Review Online 53 (2016) (invited contribution) [SSRN]
  • "Conscientious Refusals of Care", in OXFORD HANDBOOK OF AMERICAN HEALTH LAW (Glenn Cohen, Allison Hoffman, & William Sage, eds. 2016)
  • "Free Exercise Lochnerism" 115 Columbia Law Review (2015) [SSRN]