Rene  Reyes

Assistant Professor of Law

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Bar Admittance

  • MA
  • U.S.D.C for the District of Mass.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit



Rene Reyes joined the Suffolk Law faculty after serving as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard.  Prior to entering academe, Professor Reyes practiced trial and appellate litigation at Goodwin Procter LLP and served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his A.B. from Harvard College.

Professor Reyes’ scholarship focuses on U.S. Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, and Law & Religion.  Some of his recent work has been published by the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Virginia Journal of International Law Digest, and the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal.  He teaches courses in Constitutional Law, Equal Protection & Due Process, and Constitutional Criminal Procedure.

Professor Reyes enjoys British history and culture, exploring the city of Boston, and traveling with his family.  He is an enthusiastic supporter of the Boston Red Sox and Tottenham Hotspur FC.



Masterpiece Cakeshop and Ashers Baking Company: A Comparative Analysis of Constitutional Confections, 16 Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties 113 (2020)

Religion in Judicial Decision-Making: An Empirical Analysis, 2019 BYU Law Review 293 (2019) (with Jessica W. Reyes).

Second Thoughts About Stun Guns, 74 Washington & Lee Review Online 450 (2018)

Nondelegation Doctrine in Comparative Context: Britain’s Great Repeal Bill and the Shadow of Henry VIII, 166 University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online 71 (2017).

May Britain Trump America When it Comes to Democracy?, 58 Virginia Journal of International Law Digest 1 (2017).

Legislative Sovereignty, Executive Power, and Judicial Review: Comparative Insights from Brexit, 115 Michigan Law Review Online 91 (2017).

The Mixed Blessings of (Non-)Establishment, 80 Albany Law Review 405 (2016).

The Effect of Malpractice Liability on Obstetrics and Gynecology: Taking the Measure of a Crisis, 47 New England Law Review 315 (2013) (with Jessica W. Reyes).

Common Cause in the Culture Wars?, 27 Journal of Law and Religion 231 (2012).

The Fading Free Exercise Clause, 19 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 725 (2011). 

The Supreme Court’s Catholic Majority: Doctrine, Discretion, and Judicial Decision-Making, 85 Saint John’s Law Review 649 (2011). 

Justice Souter’s Religion Clause Jurisprudence: Judgments of Conscience, 43 Connecticut Law Review 303 (2010).

Conscience Reexamined: Liberty, Equality, and the Legacy of Roger Williams, 36 Hastings, Constitutional Law Quarterly 1 (2008).

Do Even Presidents Have Private Lives? The Case for Executive Privacy as a Right Independent of Executive Privilege, 17 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy 477 (2008).


  • AB; JD, Harvard University       
Law Professor Rene Reyes

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Courses Taught

  • Constitutional Law
  • Equal Protection & Due Process
  • Constitutional Law & Criminal Procedure