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 (Avi) 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 as well as recently testifying before the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
Professor Helfand is currently an associate professor at Pepperdine University School of Law, where he has taught Contracts, Arbitration 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 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 and Barak D. Richman, The Challenge of Co-Religionist Commerce, 64 Duke L.J. 769 (2015) SSRN Michael A. Helfand, Between Law and Religion: Procedural Challenges to Religious Arbitration Awards, 90 CHI.-KENT L. REV 141 (2015) SSRN Michael A. Helfand,
Introduction: Religious Law in the 21st Century, 41 PEPP. L.R. 991 (2014) SSRN 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, 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 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