Ian Bartrum

Professor of Law
Expertise: Constitutional law and history, Law and religion, Legal theory


Ian Bartrum teaches constitutional law, law and religion, and constitutional theory at the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV.  He has also taught at Drake Law School and Vermont Law School, and has served as the Irving Ribicoff Fellow at Yale Law School.  

His work has been published by the Northwestern University Law Review, the Washington University Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, and Constitutional Commentary, among other journals. He is a graduate of Hamilton College, Vermont Law School, and Yale Law School.


  • LL.M. Yale Law School
  • J.D. Vermont Law School
  • BA Hamilton College

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Ian Bartrum In The News

July 16, 2020
A federal district court in Georgia (2007) rejected on ministerial exception grounds the lawsuit by an African American pastor, the “director of worship arts,” for race discrimination. One of the things his pastor told him was “this is a white church, Shirley Caesar music won’t work here,” and “since you’ve come, the church is experiencing white flight.”
Las Vegas Review Journal
May 7, 2020
In mid-April, Sparks resident Larry Strickland started a Facebook group to demand that Gov. Steve Sisolak reverse his emergency coronavirus orders that closed nonessential businesses and required residents to stay home.
Pahrump Valley Times
April 21, 2020
What power does the governor have to shutter businesses in Nevada?
Las Vegas Review Journal
March 21, 2020
Gov. Steve Sisolak on Friday modified his strong suggestion that all nonessential businesses in Nevada close for 30 days to fight the coronavirus into a formal order that they do so.

Articles Featuring Ian Bartrum

Antonin Scalia
Campus NewsAugust 31, 2016
UNLV law professor Ian Chamberlin Bartrum on our courts and classrooms in the wake of the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
American flag with a shadow of a person
Campus NewsAugust 16, 2016
Nine free public lectures are planned on campus to evoke conversation and facilitate understanding about the election process and related issues.