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Lisa Roy

Lisa Shaw Roy



Lisa Shaw Roy joined the California Western School of Law faculty in 2023 as a Professor of Law.  Professor Roy comes to California Western after having been a member of the faculty at the University of Mississippi School of Law, where Roy taught courses in Constitutional Law, Law and Religion, Contracts, Remedies, and Professional Responsibility.  In 2023, Roy received the Ben A. Hardy Faculty Excellence Award for outstanding teaching, scholarship and service.

Professor Roy’s main areas of scholarly interest involve questions of church and state and the interaction between religion and law.  Roy is a member of the Law and Religion Section of the Association of American Law Schools and she is a past Co-Chair of that section.  Roy was also a member of the Mississippi Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (2017-2021).  Roy is the author of numerous articles on the First Amendment’s Speech and Religion Clauses.

Before joining academia, Roy practiced business litigation and public entity representation with a law firm in Los Angeles.  Prior to practicing law Roy was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Henry Lee Adams, Jr., United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida.  Professor Roy received her B.A. from the University of California, Riverside, and her J.D. from the University of Southern California. 

  • J.D., University of Southern California
  • B.A., University of California, Riverside


  • Constitutional Law I
  • Constitutional Law II


  • The Establishment Clause, Civil Rights, and the Accommodationist Path Forward, 54 Loy. U. Chi. L. J. 759 (2023)
  • Civil Religion as Civil Rights: The New Mississippi Flag, 90 Miss. L. J. 875 (2022)
  • The Replacement Campaign: Monuments and Symbols, 56 Tulsa L. Rev. 255 (2021)
  • The Unexplored Implications of Town of Greece v. Galloway, 80 Alb. L. Rev. 877 (2017)
  • The Evangelical Footprint, 2011 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1235 (2012)
  • Salazar v. Buono: The Perils of Piecemeal Adjudication, 105 Nw. Univ. L. Rev. Colloquy 72 (2010)
  • Pleasant Grove City v. Summum: Monuments, Messages, and the Next Establishment Clause, 104 Nw. Univ. L. Rev. Colloquy 280 (2010)
  • Can the Accommodationist Achieve Pluralism?, 32 Seattle Univ. L. Rev. 361 (2009) (symposium contribution)
  • History, Transparency, and the Establishment Clause: A Proposal for Reform, 112 Penn St. L. Rev. 683 (2008)
  • Inculcation, Bias, and Viewpoint Discrimination in Public Schools, 32 Pepp. L. Rev. 647 (2005)
  • The Establishment Clause and the Concept of Inclusion, 83 Or. L. Rev. 1 (2004)
  • Roe and the New Frontier, 27 Harv. J. Law & Pub. Pol’y 339 (2003)