Boston University School of Law

Jay Michaelson


Columbia University
B.A. in English, magna cum laude, 1993

Yale Law School
J.D., 1987

Hebrew University of Jerusalem
M.A. in Religious Studies, 1998

Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ph.D. Candidate in Jewish Thought, 2005-present


Hebrew University

  • Weinig Traveling Fellowship
  • Dorot Fellowship

Yale Law School

  • Ambrose Gherini Prize for best article on international law
  • Israel Peres Prize for best note in Yale Law Journal
  • Olin Fellow in Law, Economics, and Public Policy
  • Finalist, Cardozo brief-writing prize

Columbia University

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Dean's List (all terms)
  • James C. Caraley Prize for work in preservation of the natural environment

Academic Experience

City College of New York
Adjunct Professor (2005)

NYU Law School
Golieb Fellow in Legal History (1999-2000)

Yale University
Visiting Lecturer (1996-2000)

Environmental Protection Clinic, Yale Law School
Student Coordinator (1996-2000)

Other Experience

Wasabi Systems Inc.
Founder and General Counsel (2000-present)

Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture
Founder and chief editor (2001-present)

The Jewish Daily Forward
Columnist (2001-present)

Judge Merrick Garland , United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
Clerk (1998-1999)


Academic articles

"In Defense of the Pound of Flesh: Legalism, Multiculturalism, and the Letter of the Law," 6 J. L. Society 98 (2005)

"On Listening to the Kulturkampf, or, How America overruled Bowers v. Hardwick, Even though Romer v. Evans Didn’t," 49 Duke L.J. 1559 (2000)

"Geoengineering: A Climate Change Manhattan Project," 17 Stanford Envtl. L. J. 73 (1998)

"Rethinking Regulatory Reform: Toxics, Politics, and Ethics," 105 Yale L.J. 1891 (1996)

Book Chapters

“Boundaries and the Boundless: Homosexuality, Liminality, Judaism,” in as yet untitled anthology on Judaism and Sexuality (Nathan Abrams ed.) (Five Leaves Publications, 2008) (forthcoming)

"Queering Kabbalistic Gender Dimorphism," in as yet untitled anthology on Judaism and Sexuality (Danya Ruttenberg ed) (NYU Press, 2008) (forthcoming)


“Nonduality and Communication: Vedanta and Kabbalah in Contemporary Neo-Hasidism” American Academy of Religion, Fall 2007

"Anti-Legalism and Anti-Judaism," Conference on Jews in the Law, Cardozo Law School, Oct. 2006

“Kabbalah and the Erotics of the Infinite,” Pincus Lecture, Drew University, Apr. 2005

“Judaism and Homosexuality,” Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Mar. 2003

Popular articles

Various posts on Prawfsblog (2006-2007)

“Apocalypse Now: Israel and Climate Change” (American Jewish Life, August 2007)

“Spiritual Pioneers See a Different Shade of Judaism: Green” (Forward, Feb. 2, 2007)

“Two Lawyers, Three Opinions” (Forward, Nov. 3, 2006)

“Shatnez and Civilization: The Queer Path of the Boundary Crosser” (Tikkun, Aug. 2006)

“Homelands of the Heart” (Jerusalem Post, July 4, 2006)

“A Jew and a Lawyer Are Sitting in a Bar...” (Forward, March 3, 2006)

“Disabuse Community of Intolerance” (Forward, November 11, 2005)

“There's No Such Thing as a Free (Software) Lunch” (ACM Queue, May 2004)