Prof. Nelson Lund

University Professor, George Mason University School of Law

Nelson Lund has written widely in the field of constitutional law, including articles on constitutional interpretation, federalism, separation of powers, the Second Amendment, the Commerce Clause, the Speech or Debate Clause, the Equal Protection Clause, and the Uniformity Clause. In addition, he has published articles in the fields of employment discrimination and civil rights, the legal regulation of medical ethics, and the application of economic analysis to legal institutions and legal ethics.

Professor Lund graduated from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, after which he received an M.A. in philosophy from the Catholic University of America and a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. He left the faculty of the University of Chicago to attend its law school, where he served as executive editor of the University of Chicago Law Review and chapter chairman of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies. After law school, he held positions at the United States Department of Justice in the Office of the Solicitor General and the Office of Legal Counsel. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Patrick E. Higginbotham of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and to the Honorable Sandra Day O'Connor of the United States Supreme Court. Following his clerkship with Justice O'Connor, Professor Lund served in the White House as associate counsel to the president from 1989 to 1992.

Since joining the faculty at George Mason, Professor Lund has taught Constitutional Law, Legislation, Federal Election Law, Employment Discrimination, State and Local Government, and seminars on the Second Amendment and on a variety of topics in Jurisprudence.

  • B.A., St. John's College (Annapolis)
  • A.M., Harvard University
  • M.A., Catholic University
  • J.D., University of Chicago
  • Ph.D., Harvard University
Publications and Multimedia
Challenges to Illinois Gun Control Policy: People v. Aguilar - Podcast
Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Podcast
September 20, 2013
Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America - Faculty Book Podcast
Faculty Division Podcast 07-30-12 featuring Adam Winkler and Nelson Lund
July 30, 2012
McDonald v. City of Chicago – Cert Granted SCOTUScast Debate
SCOTUScast 11-09-2009 featuring Kurt Lash, Nelson Lund, and Clark Neily
November 09, 2009
SCOTUScast 6-30-08 featuring Nelson Lund
District of Columbia v. Heller
June 30, 2008
District of Columbia v. Heller
Online Debate
June 26, 2008
Firearms Litigation, Tort Liability, and the Second Amendment - A Symposium
Civil Rights Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3, Winter 2000
February 01, 2000
Second Amendment Decision Breaks New Ground
Civil Rights Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 1, Spring 1999
May 01, 1999