Boston University School of Law

Neil S. Hecht

Education

Yeshiva College
B.A., summa cum laude, 1954

  • Major: Philosophy
  • Honors: Highest Ranking Student Award (four years, 4.0 average);
  • Scholarship, Ethics & Character Award;
  • Philosophy Honors;
  • Valedictorian
  • Extracurricular Activities: Senior Class President; Varsity Debating; President, International Relations Society; Varsity Fencing; Chairman, Student-Faculty Relations Committee

Yeshiva University, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary
Rabbinic Ordination, 1956

Yale Law School
J.D., 1959

  • Board of Editors, Yale Law Journal

Columbia University School of Law
LL.M., 1964, J.S.D., 1972

  • Cardozo Fellow, Ford Foundation, 1963-1964

Experience

New York University
The Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss Professor of Talmudic Civil Law (1985-1986)

Boston University School of Law
Associate Professor of Law (1964-1966)
Professor of Law (1966 to present)
Founding Director, The Institute of Jewish Law (1983 to present)
Co-Director, The Joint Project in Jewish Legal Bioethics, (with School of Medicine-School of Public Health) (1991 to 2007)

John Small & Co., Inc., New York
Vice President and General Counsel (January 1962 to September 1963)
Investment bankers

Associate at Shapiro, Schlissel & Shiff, New York
Associate (January 1961 to January 1962)
General practice with emphasis on real estate

Emile Zola Berman & A. Harold Frost, New York
Associate (July 1959 to December 1960)
Trial and appellate practice

Areas of Specialization

  • Evidence
  • Property
  • Jewish Law

Bar Admissions

  • New York State, (December 1959)
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, (July 1973)
  • Federal Bar, admitted to practice in the Southern and Eastern District of New York, (1963)
  • District of Massachusetts, (1981)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit, (1981)

Professional Activities and Public Service

Board of Directors, National Jewish Commission on Law and Public Affairs (COLPA) (1970-1973)

Board of Directors, New England Religious Zionists of America (1972-1978)

Consultant, Maryland Senate Economic Affairs Committee (Insurance Reform Legislation) (1972)

Consultant, National Committee on Urban Crisis (1967)

Consultant, Organization for Social and Technical Innovations (OSTI), Project on Tenant Management Cooperatives (1967-1968)

School Committee Member, Maimonides School, Brookline, Massachusetts (1977-1984)

Member, National Litigation Committee, Advanced Legal Studies Institute (1976-1979)

Consultant, National Conference on Teaching Methods (1980)

Executive Committee (Secretary), Teaching Methods Section of the Association of American Law Schools (1980-1982)

Law School Representative, Association of Law School's House of Representatives (1980-1986)

Academic Council, American Friends of Hebrew University, Jerusalem

American Representative, Academic Committee of Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Board of Directors (Executive Committee), Young Israel Synagogue of Brookline

Board of Directors, International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, American Section (1984-1988)

Executive Committee, Jewish Law Association

Editorial Board, The Jewish Law Annual

Board of Academic Advisors, The Jabotinsky Institute (Tel Aviv, Israel)

Chair, Section on Jewish Law of the Association of American Law Schools (1995-1996)

Board of Directors, ROFEH International

Miscellaneous

Elected to membership in the American Law Institute

Long Term Lease Planning and Drafting, (see book listed in Publications), was selected as a sourcebook by American Law Institute-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Education for its Modern Real Estate Transactions seminars.

Controversy and Dialogue in Halakhic Sources, Volumes 1 and 2 (see books listed Publications) were featured at the Jerusalem International Book Fair, June 1994.

Honors and Awards

Centennial Rabbinic Award, 1986 (awarded by Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary on the occasion of Yeshiva University's Centennial Year Convocation)

Bernard Revel Memorial Award, 1991, Yeshiva University (for contributions to Jewish law)

The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University, has displayed a plaque next to its Greek Metrological Relief in recognition of my published solution to the long-standing riddle surrounding the statue.

Silver Shingle Award, (2002).

The Michael W. Melton Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, awarded by Boston University School of Law, May 15, 2008.

Publications

Windows onto Jewish Legal Culture: Fourteen Exploratory Essays (v.1 and v.2), with Hanina Ben-Menahem & Arye Edrei, eds., Routledge (2012). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

The Jewish Law Annual (volume 18), editor, Routledge (2009). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

The Jewish Law Annual (volume 17), editor, Routledge (2007). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

The Jewish Law Annual (volume 16), editor, Routledge (2006). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

Controversy and Dialogue in the Jewish Tradition: A Reader, with Hanina Ben-Menahem & Shai Wosner, eds., Routledge (2005). 

The Jewish Law Annual (volume 15), editor, Routledge (2004). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

The Jewish Law Annual (volume 14), editor, Routledge (2003). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

Controversy and Dialogue in Halakhic Sources (volume 3), with Hanina Ben-Menahem & Shai Wosner, eds., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2002). 

Tzvi Marx, Disability in Jewish Law, v.3 Jewish Law in Context, Routledge (2001). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

The Jewish Law Annual (volume 13), editor, Harwood Academic Publishers (2000). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

Unjust Enrichment, with Hanina Ben-Menahem, eds., v.7 Selected Topics in Jewish Law, Open University (1999). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

Authority, Process and Method: Studies in Jewish Law, with Hanina Ben-Menahem, eds., v.2 Jewish Law in Context, Harwood Academic Publishers (1998). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law and the Institute for Research in Jewish Law, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem] 

The Jewish Law Annual (volume 12), editor, Harwood Academic Publishers (1997). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

An Introduction to the History and Sources of Jewish Law, Oxford University Press, with others, eds. (1996). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

Daniel B. Sinclair, Treating the Critically Ill, v.5 Selected Topics in Jewish Law, Open University of Israel Publishing House (1995). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

Daniel Sinclair, Abortion, v.4 Selected Topics in Jewish Law, Open University of Israel Publishing House (1995). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

Controversy and Dialogue in Halakhic Sources (volume 2), with Hanina Ben-Menahem & Shai Wosner, eds., The Institute of Jewish Law at Boston University School of Law (1994). 

Hanina Ben-Menahem, Law and Equity, v.3 Selected Topics in Jewish Law, Open University of Israel Publishing House (1994). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

The Jewish Law Annual (volume 11), editor, The Institute of Jewish Law Harwood Academic Publishers (1994). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

Jewish Law Association Studies VII: Proceedings of the 1992 Paris Conference, Scholars Press (1994). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

Shimshon Ettinger, Self-Help, v.6 Selected Topics in Jewish Law, Open University of Israel Publishing House (1994). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

The Jewish Law Annual (volume 10), editor, Harwood Academic Publishers (1993). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

"Tribute to Professor Austin T. Stickells," 73 Boston University Law Review 142 (1993). 
Full text: Lexis  

Controversy and Dialogue in Halakhic Sources (volume 1), with Hanina Ben-Menahem & Shai Wosner, eds., The Institute of Jewish Law at Boston University School of Law (1992). 

The Jewish Law Annual (volume 9), editor, Harwood Academic Publishers (1991). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

"Foreword," in Ben-Mendahem, Judicial Deviation in Talmudic Law v.1 Jewish Law in Context, Harwood Academic Publishers (1990). 

Hanina Ben-Mendahem, Judicial Deviation in Talmudic Law, editor, v.1 Jewish Law in Context, Harwood Academic Publishers (1990). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

The Jewish Law Annual (volume 8), editor, Harwood Academic Publishers (1989). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

Hanina Ben-Menahem, Exigency Authority of Courts, with Hanina Ben-Menahem, eds., v.2 permanent edition Selected Topics in Jewish Law, Open University of Israel Publishing House (1988). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

Hanina Ben-Menahem, Legal Formalism in the Halakhah, with Hanina Ben-Menahem, eds., v.1 permanent edition Selected Topics in Jewish Law, Open University of Israel Publishing House (1988). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

The Jewish Law Annual (volume 7), editor, Harwood Academic Publishers (1988). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

The Jewish Law Annual (volume 6), editor, Harwood Academic Publishers (1987). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

Hanina Ben-Menahem, Exigency Authority of Courts, with Hanina Ben-Menahem, eds., v.2 temporary edition Selected Topics in Jewish Law, Everyman's University (1986). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

Jewish Jurisprudence: Its Sources and Modern Applications (volume 2), with Emanuel B. Quint, Harwood Academic Publishers (1986). 

The Jewish Law Annual (volume 5), editor, E.J. Brill (1986). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

Hanina Ben-Menahem, Legal Formalism in the Halakhah, with Hanina Ben-Menahem, eds., v.1 temporary edition Selected Topics in Jewish Law, Everyman's University (1985). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law] 

"A Modest Addendum to 'The Greek Metrological Relief in Oxford’," with Hanina Ben-Menahem, 65 The Antiquaries Journal 139 (1985). 

"Exigency Jurisdiction Under Jewish Law," with Emanuel B. Quint, 9 Dine Israel 27 (1981). 

Jewish Jurisprudence: Its Sources and Modern Applications (volume 1), with Emanuel B. Quint, Harwood Academic Publishers (1980). 

"Rebutting Presumptions: Order Out of Chaos," with William M. Pinzler, 58 Boston University Law Review 527 (1978). 
Full text: Hein (BU)  Hein  

Long Term Lease Planning and Drafting, W.H. Anderson Co. (1974). 

"Variable Rental Provisions in Long Term Ground Leases," 72 Columbia Law Review 625 (1972). 
Full text: Hein (BU)  Hein  

"From Seisin to Sit-In: Evolving Property Concepts," 44 Boston University Law Review 435 (1964). 
Full text: Hein (BU)  Hein  

"State Taxation of Bankruptcy Liquidations: Federalism Misconceived," 67 Yale Law Journal 335 (1957).