PROFESSOR MICHAEL HELFAND
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF LAW PEPPERDINE SCHOOL OF LAW AND ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE FOR JEWISH STUDIES AT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY
Professor Michael (Avi) Helfand is an expert on religious law and religious liberty. A frequent author and lecturer, his work focuses on how U.S. law treats Jewish law, custom and practice. His articles have appeared in numerous law journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the New York University Law Review, and the Duke Law Journal, as well as in various public audience publications, including the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and the National Law Journal.
Professor Helfand is currently an associate professor at Pepperdine University School of Law and associate director of the Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies. In addition, he serves as a religious arbitrator for the Beth Din of America. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University. Prior to assuming his position at Pepperdine, he was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell, where his practice focused on complex commercial litigation. Before entering private practice, Professor Helfand clerked for the Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.