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 Michael Helfand is an expert on religious law and religious liberty. A frequent author and lecturer, his work considers how U.S. law treats religious law, custom and practice, focusing on the intersection of private law and religion in contexts such as religious arbitration, religious contracts and religious torts. His academic articles have appeared in numerous law journals, including the Yale Law Journal, New York University Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Boston University Law Review, and University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. In addition, Professor Helfand often provides commentary on clashes between law and religion, writing for various public audience publications, including the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the National Law Journal and the Forward.
Professor Helfand joined the Pepperdine Law faculty in 2010 where he has taught Contracts, Arbitration Law, Jewish Law and seminars in Law and Religion as well as Multiculturalism and the Law. Professor Helfand also serves as the associate director of the Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies at Pepperdine University as well as a member of the faculty of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. In addition, he serves as both an arbitrator and consultant for the Beth Din of America.
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Michael A. Helfand (ed.), NEGOTIATING STATE AND NON-STATE LAW: THE CHALLENGE OF GLOBAL AND LOCAL LEGAL PLURALISM (Cambridge University Press, 2015). WorldCat
Michael A. Helfand, The Persistence of Sovereignty and the Rise of the Legal Subject, in NEGOTIATING STATE AND NON-STATE LAW: THE CHALLENGES OF GLOBAL AND LOCAL LEGAL PLURALISM (Cambridge University Press, 2015) . WorldCat Michael A. Helfand, Introduction, in NEGOTIATING STATE AND NON-STATE LAW: THE CHALLENGE OF GLOBAL AND LOCAL LEGAL PLURALISM (Cambridge University Press, 2015) . SSRN WorldCat
Michael A. Helfand, Identifying Substantial Burdens, 2016 U. ILL. L. REV. 1771 (2016) SSRN Michael A. Helfand & Barak D. Richman, The Challenge of Co-Religionist Commerce, 64 DUKE L.J. 769 (2015) SSRN HeinOnlineMichael A. Helfand, Between Law and Religion: Procedural Challenges to Religious Arbitration Awards, 90 CHI.-KENT L. REV 141 (2015) SSRN HeinOnlineMichael A. Helfand, Arbitration's Counter-Narrative: The Religious Arbitration Paradigm, 124 YALE L.J. 2994 (2015) SSRN HeinOnlineMichael A. Helfand, Religious Institutionalism, Implied Consent, and the Value of Voluntarism, 88 S. CAL. L. REV. 539 (2015) SSRN HeinOnlineMichael A. Helfand, Introduction: Religious Law in the 21st Century, 41 PEPP. L.R. 991 (2014) SSRN HeinOnlineMichael A. Helfand, What is a "Church"?: Implied Consent and the Contraception Mandate, 21 J. CONTEMP. LEGAL ISSUES 401 (2013) SSRN HeinOnlineMichael A. Helfand, Religion's Footnote Four: Church Autonomy as Arbitration, 97 MINN. L. REV. 1891 (2013) SSRN HeinOnlineMichael A. Helfand, Litigating Religion, 93 B. 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 & Robert F. Cochran, Jr., Religious Legal Theory Symposium 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
Michael A. Helfand, Religion and Commerce Can Co-Exist, USA TODAY, FEB. 25, 2015. Michael A. Helfand, The Eruv Dividing Church and State in the Hamptons, THE FORWARD, FEB. 12, 2015. Michael A. Helfand, Is a Prisoner's Beard Dangerous?, L.A. TIMES, Op-ed, OCT. 3, 2014. Michael A. Helfand, Hobby Lobby's Challenge to Officialdom's 'Compelling Interest', WASH. TIMES, JULY 2, 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, L.A. TIMES, Op-ed, MAR. 18, 2014, Page A11. 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, MAR. 25, 2014, Web Exclusive. 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, Following Defeats, Anti-Sharia Law Supporters Revert to Sneaky Tactics, NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL, SEPT. 9, 2013, page 39. 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.