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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)

  • Ph.D., Yale University, 2009
  • J.D., Yale University, 2007
  • B.A., Yeshiva University, 2002

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Professor Helfand joined the Pepperdine Law faculty in 2010 where he has taught Contracts, Arbitration Law, and seminars in Law and Religion as well as Multiculturalism and the Law.

Professor Helfand's primary research interests are law and religion, arbitration, contracts, civil rights and constitutional law, focusing on the intersection of private law and religion in contexts such as religious arbitration, religious contracts and religious torts. Professor Helfand's articles have appeared in a variety of journals, including the New York University Law Review, Duke Law Journal (forthcoming), Minnesota Law Review, Boston University Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, and Journal of Law & Religion.



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Forthcoming Books

  • Michael A. Helfand, Editor, NEGOTIATING STATE AND NON-STATE LAW: THE CHALLENGES OF GLOBAL AND LOCAL LEGAL PLURALISM (Cambridge Univ. Press, forthcoming 2015).
  • Forthcoming Articles

  • Michael A. Helfand and Barak D. Richman, The Challenge of Co-Religionist Commerce, Duke L.J. (forthcoming) SSRN
  • Michael A. Helfand, Between Law and Religion: Procedural Challenges to Religious Arbitration Awards, CHI.-KENT L. REV (forthcoming) SSRN
  • Michael A. Helfand, Religious Institutionalism, Implied Consent and the Value of Voluntarism, 88 S. CAL. L. REV. (forthcoming 2014) SSRN
  • Articles

  • Michael A. Helfand, Litigating Religion, 93 BOSTON U. L. REV. 493 (2013) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Michael A. Helfand, Purpose, Precedent, and Politics: Why Concepcion Covers Less than You Think, 4 YB. ARB. & MEDIATION 126 (2013) SSRN
  • Michael A. Helfand, A Liberalism of Sincerity: Religion's Role in the Public Square, 1 J. L. RELIGION & STATE 217 (2013)
  • Michael A. Helfand, What is a "Church"?: Implied Consent and the Contraception Mandate, 21 J. CONTEMP. LEGAL ISSUES 401 (2013) SSRN
  • Michael A. Helfand, Religion's Footnote Four: Church Autonomy as Arbitration, 97 MINN. L. REV. 1891 (2013) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Michael A. Helfand and Robert F. Cochran, Jr., The Competing Claims of Law and Religion: Who Should Influence Whom?: Introduction, 39 PEPP. L. REV. 1051 (2012) (symposium issue) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Michael A. Helfand, Religious Arbitration and the New Multiculturalism: Negotiating Conflicting Legal Orders, 86 N.Y.U. L. REV. 1231 (2011) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Michael A. Helfand, Fighting for the Debtor's Soul: Regulating Religious Commercial Conduct, 19 GEO. MASON L. REV. 157 (2011) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Michael A. Helfand & Yaacov Feit, Confirming Piskei Din in Secular Court, 61 J. HALACHA & CONTEMP. SOC'Y 5 (2011)
  • Michael A. Helfand, The Usual Suspect Classifications: Criminals, Aliens and the Future of Same-Sex Marriage, 12 U. PA. J. CONST. L. 1 (2009) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Michael A. Helfand, How the Diversity Rationale Lays the Groundwork for New Discrimination, 17 WM. & MARY BILL RTS. J. 607 (2009) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Michael A. Helfand, When Religious Practices Become Legal Obligations: Extending the Foreign Compulsion Defense, 23 J.L. & RELIGION 535 (2008) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Popular Press

  • Michael A. Helfand, America Doesn't See Its Religious Minorities, THE FORWARD, MAY 23, 2014.
  • Michael A. Helfand, Implied Consent: A Proposal on For-Profit Conscience, FIRST THINGS, Op-ed, March 25, 2014, Web Exclusive.
  • Michael A. Helfand, The Murkiness of the Hobby Lobby Ruling, THE FORWARD, JUNE 30, 2014.
  • Michael A. Helfand, Obamacare and Religious Rights in a For-Profit World, LOS ANGELES TIMES, Op-ed, March 18, 2014, Page A11.
  • Michael A. Helfand, Testimony Before U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Briefing on Peaceful Co-Existence? Reconciling Non-Discrimination Principles with Civil Liberties, MARCH 22, 2013.
  • Michael A. Helfand, Following Defeats, Anti-Sharia Law Supporters Revert to Sneaky Tactics, NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL, SEPT. 9, 2013, page 39.
  • Michael A. Helfand, There Is Another Way to Get a 'Get', THE FORWARD, OCT. 25, 2013.
  • Michael A. Helfand, Religion's Wise Embrace of Commerce, FIRST THINGS, FEB. 07, 2013.
  • Michael A. Helfand, No, Bloomberg Isn't Banning Circumcision, FIRST THINGS, OCT. 15, 2012.
  • Michael A. Helfand, The Boundaries of Religious Freedom, L.A. TIMES, AUG. 15, 2012.
  • Michael A. Helfand, Postscript: Religious Freedom, L.A. TIMES, AUG. 18, 2012.
  • Michael A. Helfand, Hebrew National Must Answer to a Higher Authority, THE FORWARD, AUG. 17, 2012.
  • Michael A. Helfand, Why San Francisco's Proposed Circumcision Ban Violates the First Amendment, L.A. DAILY J., JUNE 30, 2011.
  • Michael A. Helfand, A Law We Don't Need, L.A. TIMES, NOV. 10, 2010.
  • Michael A. Helfand, The Young Israel Dilemma: Disengagement or Confrontation, THE JEWISH J., SEPT. 28, 2010.

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