Michael J. Broyde, Esq.
Michael J. Broyde is professor of law at Emory University School of Law and senior fellow and projects director at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. His primary areas of interest are law and religion, Jewish law and ethics, family law, and comparative religious law. Broyde teaches Jewish Law and Family Law (I and II). He has also taught Federal Courts, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Secured Credit and Bankruptcy.
His most recent books are Sharia Tribunals, Rabbinical Courts, and Christian Panels: Religious Arbitration in America and the West (Oxford Press, 2017) and A Concise Code of Jewish Law for Converts (Urim Press, 2017).
During the 2018-2019 academic year, Broyde will be a Senior Fulbright Scholar at Hebrew University, where he will be working on four manuscripts. Topics include religious arbitration in nations that have established religions, kidney transplants and vouchers, Jewish law issues related to modesty, and a modern explication of the book of Genesis. He is also translating A Concise Code of Jewish Law for Converts into Hebrew.
In addition to his many books, Broyde has written almost 200 articles and book chapters on various aspects of law and religion, Jewish law, and religious ethics, as well as an often-cited article on impeachment in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. He has written on military ethics from a Jewish law view, marriage and divorce in the Jewish tradition, bioethical dilemmas from a religious view, women’s rights in the Jewish tradition, the general relationship between secular and Jewish law in its many different facets, and many other topics. A list of his works may be found on his website.
Broyde is ordained (yoreh yoreh ve-yadin yadin) as a rabbi by Yeshiva University and was a member (dayan) of the Beth Din of America, the largest Jewish law court in America, where he once served as director while on leave from Emory. He was the Founding Rabbi of the Young Israel synagogue in Atlanta, a founder of the Atlanta Torah MiTzion kollel study program. He served on boards of many schools and organizations in Atlanta, including more than 15 years as the chair of the medical ethics committee of Weinstein Hospice in Atlanta.
During the 2017-2018 academic year, Broyde was a visiting professor at the University of Warsaw Law School in Poland and in the Interdisciplinary College of Law in Herzliya, Israel.
He received a juris doctor from New York University and published a note on its law review. He also clerked for Judge Leonard I. Garth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Broyde is married to labor lawyer Channah S. Broyde, who works in the United States Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor.
Education: New York University School of Law, JD 1988; Yeshiva University: Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, Ordination 1991; Yeshiva University: Yeshiva College, BA, cum laude 1984