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

Curriculum Vitae

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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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Publications


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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
  • Michael A. Helfand, Arbitration's Counter-Narrative: The Religious Arbitration Paradigm, 124 YALE L.J. (forthcoming) 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, Speaker, The Challenge of Co-Religionist Commerce, Annual Law & Religion Roundtable, Washington University School of Law (June 26, 2014).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Panelist, Legal Issues: Delegation, Recognition and Enforcement, Conference on Religious Tribunals and the Law: Conflict or Conciliation?, Willamette University College of Law (March 17, 2014).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Commentator, Comparative Law Work-in-Progress Workshop, UCLA School of Law (March 7, 2014).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker and Panelist, Interfaith Program on Religion and Politics: Power and Empowerment, Faith and Global Engagement, Hong Kong University (January 13, 2014).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Keynote Lecture, Between Law and Religion: Procedural Challenges to Religious Arbitration Awards, Conference on Religion and Power, Hong Kong University (January 13, 2014).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Moderator, Religious Law in U.S. Courts, Joint Program of the AALS Jewish Law and Islamic Law Section, AALS Annual Meeting, New York, NY (January 5, 2014).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, When Arbitration Goes Religious: The Lawyer's Toolkit, American Bar Association Annual Conference on Dispute Resolution, Miami Florida (April 3, 2014).
  • 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, Hobby Lobby's Challenge to Officialdom's 'Compelling Interest', WASHINGTON TIMES, JULY 2, 2014.
  • Michael A. Helfand, Panelist, The Current Clash, Conference on Religious Accommodation in the Age of Civil Rights, Harvard Law School (April 4, 2014).
  • 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, Speaker, Between Law and Religion: Procedural Challenges to Religious Arbitration Awards, Bi-Annual Conference of the International Consortium on Law and Religion Studies, Richmond, VA (August 21, 2013).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, Between Law and Religion: Procedural Challenges to Religious Arbitration Awards, Conference on Sharia and Halakha in America, IIT Chicago-Kent School of Law/University of Illinois at Chicago (April 15, 2013).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, Religion's Footnote Four: Church Autonomy as Arbitration, BYU Law & Religion Colloquium, BYU School of Law (January 24, 2013).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, On Religion and Money, University of Mississippi Faculty Workshop (November 22, 2013).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Panelist, Private International Law Beyond the State: Family Law and Legal Pluralism, Annual Meeting of the American Society for Comparative Law (October 11, 2013).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, On Religion and Money, Bi-Annual Conference of the International Consortium on Law and Religion Studies, College of William & Mary (August 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, Speaker, Religion's Footnote Four: Church Autonomy as Arbitration, Quinnipiac-Yale Dispute Resolution Workshop, Yale Law School (November 5, 2012).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, Religion's Footnote Four: Church Autonomy as Arbitration, Conference of the Institute for Law and Religion: Freedom of the Church in the Modern Era, University of San Diego School of Law (October 12, 2012).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, Church Autonomy and Religious Arbitration: Two Models of Legal Pluralism, Faculty Workshop, Bar-Ilan University School of Law (September 11, 2012).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, Church Autonomy and Religious Arbitration: Two Models of Legal Pluralism, International Conference of the Jewish Law Association, Yale University (August 1, 2012).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, Litigating Religion, New Scholars Panel, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference (July 30, 2012).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, Litigating Religion, Annual Law & Religion Roundtable, Harvard Law School (June 21, 2012).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, Litigating Religion, Harvard/Yale/Stanford Junior Faculty Forum, Harvard Law School (June 1, 2012).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, Litigating Religion, Jewish Law Symposium, Center for Jewish Law & Judaic Studies, DePaul University College of Law (May 31, 2012).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, Taking Beth Din Judgments into Secular Court, Jewish Law Symposium, Center for Jewish Law & Judaic Studies, DePaul University College of Law (May 30, 2012).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, Litigating Religion, Faculty Workshop, University of Mississippi School of Law (April 9, 2012).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, Purpose, Precedent, and Politics: Why Concepcion Covers Less than You Think, 7th Annual International Contracts Conference, Thomas Jefferson School of Law (March 2, 2012).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, Litigating Religion, Third Annual Religious Legal Theory Conference: The Competing Claims of Law & Religion: Who Should Influence Whom, Pepperdine University School of Law (February 23, 2012).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, Purpose, Precedent, and Politics: Why Concepcion Covers Less than You Think, Symposium on U.S. Arbitration Law in the Wake of AT&T Mobility, Penn State School of Law (February 22, 2012).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, Litigating Religion, Prawfsfest IX, Loyola Law School Los Angeles (December 9, 2011).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, The Persistence of Sovereignty and the Rise of the Legal Subject, ASIL International Legal Theory Interest Group Annual Symposium: Legal Positivism in International Legal Theory: Hartís Legacy (November 11, 2011).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, A Liberalism of Sincerity: Religion's Role in the Public Square, Conference on Religious Law and Stateís Affairs, Bar Ilan University (May 31, 2011).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, Religious Arbitration and the New Multiculturalism: Negotiating Conflicting Legal Orders, Faculty Colloquium, University of St. Thomas School of Law (April 6, 2011).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Panelist, Religious Issues in Marriage and Divorce Law, Jewish Law Students Association, University of Minnesota School of Law (April 5, 2011).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, Religious Arbitration and the New Multiculturalism: Negotiating Conflicting Legal Orders, Faculty Workshop, University of Mississippi School of Law (January 27, 2011).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Panelist, Rabbinical Arbitration in the 21st Century: Contemporary Issues and Challenges, American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Jewish Law Section (January 6, 2011).
  • 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.
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, Fighting for the Debtor's Soul: Church Autonomy, Religious Arbitration and Bankruptcy's Automatic Stay, Conference on Religious Legal Theory, St. Johnís Law School (November 5, 2010).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, Case Update and Analysis: Matter of Nachum Brisman v. Hebrew Academy, Presentation to Davis Polk & Wardwell Litigation Department (March 3, 2010).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, Taking Choice-of-Law Provisions Seriously: What Religious Legal Theory Has to Tell Us About the Enforceability of Religious Arbitration Awards, Conference on Religious Legal Theory: State of the Field, Seton Hall Law School (November 12, 2009).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, Process and Pitfalls of Confirming Piskei Din as Arbitration Awards, Conference on Jewish and American Law, Yeshiva University (January 17, 2009).
  • Michael A. Helfand, Speaker, Enforcing Co-Religionist Commerce, Faculty Workshop, Whittier Law School (February 17, 2014).

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