Michael A. Helfand, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Law and Associate Director, Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies
Office: School of Law (SOL)
Michael Helfand received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 2007. In 2009, he received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University, where his fields included contemporary theory, political philosophy, and American politics.
Prior to joining the Pepperdine law faculty in 2010, Professor Helfand was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, where his practice focused on complex commercial litigation. Before entering private practice, Professor Helfand clerked for the Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Professor Helfand's primary research interests are law and religion, arbitration, constitutional law, and contracts. In particular, he has worked extensively on the intersection of private law and religion - including religious arbitration, religious litigation, religious contracts and religious torts - as well as the intersection of group rights and the law, political theories of toleration, and Equal Protection Clause jurisprudence. Professor Helfand's articles have appeared in the New York University Law Review, Minnesota Law Review (forthcoming), Boston University Law Review (forthcoming), George Mason Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, and Journal of Law & Religion.(Less)