Professor Michael Helfand Interviewed on Jewish Life and Law at the Supreme Court -- The Tikvah Podcast
Professor Michael A. Helfand is interviewed on the Tikvah Podcast episode "Jewish Life and Law at the Supreme Court." Professor Helfand discusses the Supreme Court case Carson v. Makin, that could effect the way religious schools are funded, and the amicus brief he filed for the case.
Via the Tikvah Podcast:
There aren't enough public schools in Maine. By some estimates, about half of Maine's school districts don't have the facilities or faculty to educate students who live in them. The state's solution is to give families who live in such districts money to send their children to another school—either a different public school further away, or a private school. But Maine doesn't make that funding available to families who choose to send their children to religious schools. In just a few weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Carson v. Makin, a case that could affect the way that Maine, and the greater United States, deals with the funding of religious schools.
On this week's podcast, the legal academic Avi Helfand joins Mosaic editor Jonathan Silver to discuss the amicus brief that he filed for this case, and to explore whether Maine is acting in a way that is consistent with the First Amendment's religious freedom protections. This particular case also allows for Helfand to question more fundamental legal heuristics, such as the supposed distinction in American case-law between a legal entity's religious "status," and its "use" of religion.
The episode may be found at Tikvah Podcast