Hillel Y. Levin

Professor of Law & Georgia Law in Atlanta Director

B.A., Yeshiva University
J.D., Yale University

Courses: 

Legislation and Statutory Interpretation
Administrative Law
Constitutional Law
Education Law and Policy

Biographical Information: 

Hillel Y. Levin joined the University of Georgia School of Law faculty in 2008 and was promoted to full professor in the fall of 2017. He teaches courses on education law and policy, constitutional law, legislation, administrative law and others.

Levin’s expertise lies in education law and policy, statutory interpretation, church/state issues, constitutional law and judicial process. His scholarship has been published in several leading law journals, and he is the author of a popular coursebook on statutory interpretation. He has also published and appeared in popular media, testified before the state legislature, done extensive consulting work, and been the lead author on a Supreme Court amicus brief. In addition, Levin serves on the advisory board of the peer-reviewed Education Law and Policy Review

Levin is the 2013 recipient of the law school’s C. Ronald Ellington Award for Excellence in Teaching. His innovative teaching methods have been recognized nationally and have earned him invitations to speak at conferences about teaching practical lawyering skills within the doctrinal classroom. He also serves as the director of Georgia Law in Atlanta, which houses the law school's growing Atlanta-based programs.

Levin came to UGA from Stanford Law School, where he served as a Stanford Law Fellow and instructor. Previously, he served as a judicial clerk for Judge Thomas J. Meskill of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit and for Judge Robert N. Chatigny of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. He also specialized in complex litigation as an associate at Robinson & Cole.

He earned his B.A. in history, summa cum laude, from Yeshiva University and his J.D. from Yale University, where he served as note and book note editor of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities.

Publications & Activities

ARTICLES

Why Some Religious Accomodations for Mandatory Vaccinations Violate the Establishment Clause, 68 Hastings L.J. 1193 (2017). 

Beyond Absurd: Jim Thorpe and a Proposed Taxonomy for The Absurdity Doctrine, 68 Admin. L. Rev.119 (2016) (with J. Segal & K. Stanford).
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To Accommodate or Not to Accommodate: (When) Should the State Regulate Religion to Protect the Rights of Children and Third Parties, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 915 (2016) (with A. Jacobs & K. Arora).
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Rethinking Religious Minorities’ Political Power, 48 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1617 (2015).
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Book Review, The Nature of Legislative Intent, 30 Const. Comment. 89 (2015).

Tax Credit Scholarship Programs: A Model Statute for a Better Program, 1 Educ. L. & Pol'y Rev. 59 (2014) (peer reviewed).
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Tax Credit Scholarship Programs and the Changing Ecology of Public Education, 45 Ariz. St. L.J. 1033 (2013).
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A Reliance Approach to Precedent, 47 Ga. L. Rev. 1035 (2013).
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Contemporary Meaning and Expectations in Statutory Interpretation, 2012 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1103 (2012).
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Resolving Interstate Conflicts Over Same-Sex Non-Marriage, 63 Fla L. Rev. 47 (2011).
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Conflicts and the Shifting Landscape Around Same-Sex Relationships, 41 Cal. W. Int'l L.J. 93 (2010).
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Iqbal, Twombly, and the Lessons of the Celotex Trilogy, 14 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 143 (2010).
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The Food Stays in the Kitchen: Everything I Needed to Learn About Statutory Interpretation I Learned by the Time I Was Nine, 12 Green Bag 337 (2009).
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Making the Law: Unpublication in the District Courts, 53 Villanova L. Rev. 973 (2009).
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What Do We Really Know About the American Choice-of-Law Revolution? (book review), 60 Stanford L. Rev. 247 (2007).
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Is There a Bias Against Education in the Jury Selection Process?, 30 Conn. L. Rev. 325 (2006).
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