Meet the Faculty
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
The Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies
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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, Minnesota Law Review, Boston University Law Review,
George Mason Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law,
William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, and Journal of Law & Religion.
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Book Chapters | Articles |
Forthcoming | Popular Press
Forthcoming BooksMichael A. Helfand, Editor, NEGOTIATING STATE AND NON-STATE LAW: THE CHALLENGES OF GLOBAL AND LOCAL LEGAL PLURALISM (Cambridge Univ. Press, forthcoming 2015).
Forthcoming ArticlesMichael A. Helfand and Barak D. Richman, The Challenge of Co-Religionist Commerce, Duke L.J. (forthcoming) SSRN
ArticlesMichael A. Helfand, Litigating Religion, 93 BOSTON U. L. REV. 493 (2013) SSRN HeinOnlineMichael 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 HeinOnlineMichael 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 HeinOnlineMichael A. Helfand, Religious Arbitration and the New Multiculturalism: Negotiating Conflicting Legal Orders, 86 N.Y.U. L. REV. 1231 (2011) SSRN HeinOnlineMichael A. Helfand, Fighting for the Debtor's Soul: Regulating Religious Commercial Conduct, 19 GEO. MASON L. REV. 157 (2011) SSRN HeinOnlineMichael 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 HeinOnlineMichael A. Helfand, How the Diversity Rationale Lays the Groundwork for New Discrimination, 17 WM. & MARY BILL RTS. J. 607 (2009) SSRN HeinOnlineMichael A. Helfand, When Religious Practices Become Legal Obligations: Extending the Foreign Compulsion Defense, 23 J.L. & RELIGION 535 (2008) SSRN HeinOnline
Popular PressMichael A. Helfand, Religion's Wise Embrace of Commerce, FIRST THINGS, FEB. 07, 2013. Michael A. Helfand, Following Defeats, Anti-Sharia Law Supporters Revert to Sneaky Tactics, THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL, SEPT. 09, 2013. 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, 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.