Alex W. Smith Professor of Law & UGA Law in Atlanta Director
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(706) 542-5556

University of Georgia
School of Law
208 Hirsch Hall
Athens, GA 30602
United States

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


Legislation & Statutory Interpretation
Administrative Law
Constitutional Law
Education Law and Policy
Civil Procedure Legislative
Process & Statutory Drafting

Biographical Information

Hillel Y. Levin is the Alex W. Smith Professor of Law. His current scholarship focuses on the statutory and constitutional dimensions of civil lawsuits against the firearms industry. His expertise lies in Statutory Interpretation, Constitutional Law, and Education Law and Policy. He has also written on the statutory and constitutional dimensions of vaccination law and policy, the privatization of public education, same sex marriage, and the political economy of religious freedom.

Professor Levin’s scholarship regularly appears in top law reviews. He has also co-authored several scholars’ amicus briefs and made media appearances.

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 UGA Law in Atlanta, which houses the law school's growing Atlanta-based programs.

Prior to joining the faculty in 2008, Professor Levin served as an Instructor and Fellow at Stanford Law School. 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


Private Schools' Role and Rights in Setting Vaccination Policy: A Constitutional and Statutory Puzzle, 61 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1607 (2020).
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Stopping the Resurgence of Vaccine-Preventable Childhood Diseases: Policy, Politics, and Law, 2020 U. Ill. L. Rev. (forthcoming) (with S. Kershner, T. Lytton, D. Salmon & S. Omer).
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Justice Gorsuch's Views on Precedent in the Context of Statutory Interpretation, 70 Ala. L. Rev. 687 (2019).
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Qualified Immunity and Statutory Interpretation: A Response to William Baude, 9 Calif. L. Rev. Online 40 (2018) (with M. Wells).
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Why Some Religious Accomodations for Mandatory Vaccinations Violate the Establishment Clause, 68 Hastings L.J. 1193 (2017).
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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).
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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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