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.
When is Discrimination Wrong?, (Harvard University Press, 2008).
"Defining Corruption and Constitutionalizing Democracy," Mich. L. Rev., Vol. 111, 2012.
"Money and Rights," in Money, Politics and the Constitution: Building a New Jurisprudence, (The Century Foundation and the Brennan Center for Justice, 2011).
"Money Talks But It Isn’t Speech," 95 Minn. L. Rev. 953 (2011).
"Willfully Blind for Good Reason," Crim Law and Philos (2009) 3:301-316.
"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," Philosophy & Public Policy Quarterly, Vol. 28, Winter/Spring 2008, 7-12.
"What Money Can and Cannot Buy," 14 The Good Society 26 (2005)
"What Makes Genetic Discrimination Exceptional?," 29 Am Journal of Law & Med 77 (2003).
"Evidence, Belief and Action: The Failure of Equipoise to Resolve the Ethical Tension in the Randomized Clinical Trial," 30 Journal of Law, Medicine and 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," Report from the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, Vol. 18. No. 1-2 at 13 (1998)
Reprinted in: Philosophical Dimensions of Public Policy, edited by V. Gehring and W. Galston. In series, Policy Studies Review Annual, Vol. 13 (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2002).
"Is Actuarially Fair Insurance Pricing Actually Fair?: A Case Study in Insuring Battered Women," 32 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," 324 New England Journal of Medicine (1991), co-authored.
Reprinted in numerous bioethics anthologies. See e.g. Arras and Steinbock, Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine, 6th Ed. at 750.
“Discrimination, Concept of” in The Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, 2nd Edition, edited by Ruth Chadwick, Elsevier Press (forthcoming).
"Physicians as Researchers: Difficulties with the ‘Similarity Position,’" (Wasserman, D., Hellman, D., and Wachbroit, R.S.,), Journal of Bioethics 6 (July/August 2006).
"Trial and Error," The New Republic, April 27, 1998.
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