Areas of Expertise
- Religious liberty and discrimination
- Intersection of religion and commerce
- Religious contracts and torts
- Anti-Sharia law
- Arbitration law
Dr. Michael Helfand is an expert on religious law and religious liberty with a particular emphasis on clashes between religion and commerce. He is a frequent author and lecturer, focusing on how U.S. law treats religious law, custom and practice.
Dr. Helfand in the News
Is a Prisoner's Beard Dangerous?, Los Angeles Times
Hobby Lobby’s Challenge to Officialdom’s ‘Compelling Interest,' The Washington Times
- PhD, Yale University
- JD, Yale University
- BA, Yeshiva University
Research and Scholarship
Arbitration’s Counter-Narrative: The Religious Arbitration Paradigm, 124 Yale L.J. (forthcoming 2015)
Religious Institutionalism, Implied Consent, and the Value of Voluntarism, 88 S. Cal. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2015)
Between Law and Religion: Procedural Challenges to Religious Arbitration Awards, 90 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. (forthcoming 2015)
The Challenge of Co-Religionist Commerce, 64 Duke L.J. (forthcoming 2015) (with Barak D. Richman)
Dr. Michael Helfand is an associate professor at Pepperdine University School of Law as well as associate director of the Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies. He is an expert on religious law and religious liberty, focusing on how U.S. law treats religious law, custom, and practice. A frequent author and lecturer, he has published in numerous law journals, including the Yale Law Journal, New York University Law Review, and Duke Law Journal, as well as in various public audience publications, including the Los Angeles Times and the National Law Journal.
Prior to joining the Pepperdine Law faculty, Dr. Helfand was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, where his practice focused on complex commercial litigation. Before entering private practice, Dr. Helfand clerked for the Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.