F. D. G. Ribble Professor of Law
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1991
M.A., Columbia University, 1987
B.A., Dartmouth College, 1985
Deborah Hellman joined the Law School in 2012 after serving on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Law since 1994, most recently as the Jacob France Research Professor. She teaches constitutional law, contracts, bioethics, jurisprudence and professional responsibility, as well as seminars related to constitutional law and theory.
Hellman’s work focuses on discrimination and equality. She is the author of When is Discrimination Wrong? (Harvard U. Press, 2008) and is co-editing a volume on The Philosophical Foundations of Discrimination Law (to be published by Oxford University Press). In addition, she writes about the constitutionality of campaign finance laws and the obligations of professional roles, especially in the context of clinical medical research.
Hellman was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2005-06) and the Eugene P. Beard Faculty Fellow in Ethics at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University (2004-05). She was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers in 1999. Hellman was a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2007-08 and at the University of Virginia in the fall of 2011.
Scholarship Profile: Drilling Down on Discrimination and Equality (Virginia Journal 2013)
Philosophical Foundations of Discrimination Law (editor with Sophia Moreau) (Oxford University Press, 2013).
When is Discrimination Wrong? (Harvard University Press, 2008).
Articles and Book Chapters:
"Equality and Unconstitutional Discrimination: Chapter 3 in Philosophical Foundations of Discrimination Law," Philosophical Foundations of Discrimination Law (Oxford University Press, 2013)
“Defining Corruption and Constitutionalizing Democracy,” 111 Mich. L. Rev. 1385 (2013).
“Equality and Unconstitutional Discrimination,” in Deborah Hellman & Sophia Moreau, eds., Philosophical Foundations of Discrimination Law (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013).
“Racial Profiling and the Meaning of Racial Categories,” in Andrew I. Cohen & Christopher Heath Wellman, eds., Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics 232 (Wiley 2d ed., forthcoming 2013).
“Comments on Michel Rosenfeld’s The Identity of the Constitutional Subject: Selfhood, Citizenship, Culture, and Community,” 33 Cardozo L. Rev. 1839 (2012).
“Discrimination, Concept of” in Ruth Chadwick, ed., Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics 833 (Elsevier, 2d ed. 2012).
“Politics and Terrorism: What Happens When Money Is Speech?,” 98 Va. L. Rev. In Brief 71 (2012).
“Money and Rights,” 35 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 527 (2011).
"Money Talks But It Isn’t Speech," 95 Minn. L. Rev. 953 (2011).
"Willfully Blind for Good Reason," 3 Crim. L. & Phil. 301 (2009).
"Prosecuting Doctors for Trusting Patients," 16 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 701 (2009).
"Pushing Drugs or Pushing the Envelope: The Prosecution of Doctors in Connection with Over-Prescribing of Opium-Based Drugs," Phil.& Pub. Pol’y Q., Winter/Spring 2008, at 7.
“Discrimination: When Is It Morally Wrong and Why?,” Dartmouth L.J., Fall 2006, at 3.
“Physicians as Researchers: Difficulties with the ‘Similarity Position,’” (with David Wasserman and Robert Wachbroit), Am. J. Bioethics, July/Aug. 2006, at 57.
“What Money Can and Cannot Buy,” 14 nos. 1-2 Good Soc’y 26 (2005).
"What Makes Genetic Discrimination Exceptional?," 29 Am. J.L. & Med. 77 (2003).
"Evidence, Belief and Action: The Failure of Equipoise to Resolve the Ethical Tension in the Randomized Clinical Trial," 30 J.L. Med. & Ethics 375 (2002).
"Judging By Appearances: Professional Ethics, Expressive Government and the Moral Significance of How Things Seem," 60 Md. L. Rev. 653 (2001).
"The Expressive Dimension of Equal Protection," 85 Minn. L. Rev. 1 (2000).
"Two Types of Discrimination: The Familiar and the Forgotten," 86 Cal. L. Rev. 315 (1998).
“Trials on Trial,” Rep. Inst. Phil. & Pub. Pol’y, Winter-Spring 1998, at 13; reprinted in Verna A. Gehring & William A. Galston, eds., Philosophical Dimensions of Public Policy 265 (Transaction Publishers, 2002).
"Is Actuarially Fair Insurance Pricing Actually Fair?: A Case Study in Insuring Battered Women," Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 355 (1997).
"The Importance of Appearing Principled," 37 Ariz. L. Rev. 1107 (1995).
"Of Mice But Not Men: Problems of the Randomized Clinical Trial," (with Samuel Hellman), 324 New Eng. J. Med. 1585 (1991).
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