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Selected Biography

Founder and faculty director Professor Russell G. Pearce is widely credited as a leading animator of what is now known as "religious lawyering." He teaches courses on professional responsibility, ethics in public interest law and housing rights. He has written widely on the intersection of religion and legal ethics with a particular focus on his own Jewish tradition. He curates the Jews & Justice lecture series.

Listed below is only the scholarship and activities directly related to the topic of "religious lawyering" and his work with the Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer's Work (for a complete biography of Russell G. Pearce).

     Law, Religion, and Ethics - A multi-faith Dialogue

Editorial and Advisory Board:
      Board of Editors, Journal of Law & Religion (2006 - present)

Articles and Essays:

  • Religious Lawyering in a Theologal Democracy in Whose Good Rules a Theolegal Nation (forthcoming Georgetown U. Press) (co-authored with Amy Uelmen).
  • Religious Lawyering's Second Wave (with Amy Uelmen), in BENCH AND BAR: ETHICS, published by ICFAI (Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India) (2008).
  • Religious Lawyering in a Liberal Democracy: A Challenge and an Invitation (with Amy Uelmen), in MORALITY, JUSTICE AND THE LAW: THE CONTINUING DEBATE (M. Katherine B. Darmer & Robert M. Baird, eds., Prometheus 2007).
  • Religious Lawyering's Second Wave, 21 Journal of Law & Religion 269 (2005-2006) (co-authored with Amy Uelmen). Download a PDF
  • How Law Firms Can Do Good While Doing Well (And the Answer Is Not Pro Bono), 33 Fordham Urban Law Journal 211 (2005) (Symposium on Professional Challenges in Large-Firm Practice). Download a PDF
  • White Lawyering: Rethinking Race, Lawyer Identity, and Rule of Law, 73 Fordham L. Rev. 2082 (2005) (symposium). Download a PDF
  • Religious Lawyering in a Liberal Democracy: A Challenge and an Invitation, 55 Case Western Reserve L. Rev. 127 (2004) (co-authored with Amy Uelmen). Download a PDF
  • Reflections on the American Jewish Lawyer, 17 J. L. & Religion 179 (2002) (reviewing Jerold S. Auerbach, Rabbis and Lawyers: The Journey from Torah to Constitution and Michael J. Broyde, The Pursuit of Justice and Jewish Law: Halakhic Perspectives on the Legal Profession). Download a PDF
  • Does a Liberal Jew Have Any Obligations?, Voices, September 2001, at 1.
  • Faith and the Lawyer's Practice, 75 St. John's L. Rev. 277 (2001) (symposium). Download PDF
  • Foreword: The Religious Lawyering Movement: An Emerging Force in Legal Ethics and Professionalism, 66 Fordham L. Rev. 1075 (1998). Download PDF 
  • The Jewish Lawyer's Question, 27 Texas Tech L. Rev. 1259 (1996). Download PDF
  • Jewish Lawyering in a Multicultural Society: A Midrash on Levinson, 14 Cardozo L. Rev. 1613 (1993). Download a PDF