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.
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