Neil S. Hecht

Professor of Law Emeritus

B.A. and Rabbinical Degree, Yeshiva University
J.D., Yale University
J.S.D., Columbia University

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Biography

After almost 50 years as a Professor of Law and 30 years as Founding Director of its Institute of Jewish Law, Neil Hecht retired and assumed Emeritus status. Over the years he wrote and edited a variety of treatises, monographs and teaching materials, totaling 36 volumes. Among these works areJewish Jurisprudence; Selected Topics in Jewish Law;Controversy and Dialogue in Halakhik Sources;Jewish Law in Context; The Jewish Law Annual; Windows onto Jewish Legal Culture; and An Introduction to the History and Sources of Jewish Law (Oxford University Press).

From 1985 to 1986, Professor Hecht was the Visiting Gruss Professor of Talmudic Civil Law at New York University School of Law. He has also served as co-director of the Joint Project in Jewish Legal Bioethics, a collaborative initiative of the Institute of Jewish Law and Boston University’s Schools of Medicine and Public Health. His many professional and public service activities include serving on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, as chair of the Jewish Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (which he helped found in 1992) and as a member of the American Law Institute.

Professor Hecht has also researched and published in the areas of evidence and property. HisLong-Term Lease Planning and Draftingwas selected as a sourcebook for real estate transaction seminars by the American Law Institute/American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Education. He was honored by the Ashmolean Museum of Oxford University, which has displayed a plaque next to its Greek Metrological Relief in recognition of his published solution, based upon Jewish law, to the long-standing riddle surrounding the statue. In 2002, he was the recipient of the Silver Shingle Award for distinguished service to the School of Law, and in 2008 he won the Michael Melton Award for Excellence in Teaching. Yeshiva University awarded him its Centennial Rabbinic Award in 1986 and its Bernard Revel Memorial Award in 1981. Upon his retirement, the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem published a festschrift in his honor (The Jewish Law Annual, Volume 19) honoring him as “A Man of Vision And Action.”

Publications
  1. Windows onto Jewish Legal Culture: Fourteen Exploratory Essays (v.1 and v.2), Neil Hecht, Hanina Ben-Menahem & Arye Edrei, eds., Routledge (2012). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law]
  2. The Jewish Law Annual (volume 18), Neil Hecht, ed., Routledge (2009). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law]
  3. The Jewish Law Annual (volume 17), Neil Hecht, ed., Routledge (2007). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law]
  4. The Jewish Law Annual (volume 16), Neil Hecht, ed., Routledge (2006). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law]
  5. Controversy and Dialogue in the Jewish Tradition: A Reader, Neil Hecht, Hanina Ben-Menahem & Shai Wosner, eds., Routledge (2005).
  6. The Jewish Law Annual (volume 15), Neil Hecht, ed., Routledge (2004). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law]
  7. The Jewish Law Annual (volume 14), Neil Hecht, ed., Routledge (2003). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law]
  8. Controversy and Dialogue in Halakhic Sources (volume 3), Neil Hecht, Hanina Ben-Menahem & Shai Wosner, eds., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2002).
  9. Neil Hecht, 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]
  10. The Jewish Law Annual (volume 13), Neil Hecht, ed., Harwood Academic Publishers (2000). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law]
  11. Unjust Enrichment, v.7 Selected Topics in Jewish Law, Neil Hecht & Hanina Ben-Menahem, eds., Open University (1999). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law]
  12. Authority, Process and Method: Studies in Jewish Law, v.2 Jewish Law in Context, Neil Hecht & Hanina Ben-Menahem, eds., 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]
  13. The Jewish Law Annual (volume 12), Neil Hecht, ed., Harwood Academic Publishers (1997). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law]
  14. An Introduction to the History and Sources of Jewish Law, Neil Hecht, ed., Oxford University Press (1996). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law]
  15. Neil Hecht, 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]
  16. Neil Hecht, 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]
  17. Controversy and Dialogue in Halakhic Sources (volume 2), Neil Hecht, Hanina Ben-Menahem & Shai Wosner, eds., The Institute of Jewish Law at Boston University School of Law (1994).
  18. Neil Hecht, 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]
  19. The Jewish Law Annual (volume 11), Neil Hecht, ed., The Institute of Jewish Law Harwood Academic Publishers (1994). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law]
  20. Neil Hecht, 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]
  21. Neil Hecht, 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]
  22. The Jewish Law Annual (volume 10), Neil Hecht, ed., Harwood Academic Publishers (1993). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law]
  23. Neil Hecht, "Tribute to Professor Austin T. Stickells," 73 Boston University Law Review 142 (1993).
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  24. Controversy and Dialogue in Halakhic Sources (volume 1), Neil Hecht, Hanina Ben-Menahem & Shai Wosner, eds., The Institute of Jewish Law at Boston University School of Law (1992).
  25. The Jewish Law Annual (volume 9), Neil Hecht, ed., Harwood Academic Publishers (1991). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law]
  26. Neil Hecht, "Foreword," in Ben-Mendahem, Judicial Deviation in Talmudic Law , v.1 Jewish Law in Context, Harwood Academic Publishers (1990).
  27. Hanina Ben-Mendahem, Judicial Deviation in Talmudic Law, v.1 Jewish Law in Context, Neil Hecht, ed., Harwood Academic Publishers (1990). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law]
  28. The Jewish Law Annual (volume 8), Neil Hecht, ed., Harwood Academic Publishers (1989). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law]
  29. Hanina Ben-Menahem, Exigency Authority of Courts, v.2 permanent edition Selected Topics in Jewish Law, Neil Hecht & Hanina Ben-Menahem, eds., Open University of Israel Publishing House (1988). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law]
  30. Hanina Ben-Menahem, Legal Formalism in the Halakhah, v.1 permanent edition Selected Topics in Jewish Law, Neil Hecht & Hanina Ben-Menahem, eds., Open University of Israel Publishing House (1988). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law]
  31. The Jewish Law Annual (volume 7), Neil Hecht, ed., Harwood Academic Publishers (1988). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law]
  32. The Jewish Law Annual (volume 6), Neil Hecht, ed., Harwood Academic Publishers (1987). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law]
  33. Hanina Ben-Menahem, Exigency Authority of Courts, v.2 temporary edition Selected Topics in Jewish Law, Neil Hecht & Hanina Ben-Menahem, eds., Everyman's University (1986). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law]
  34. Neil Hecht & Emanuel B. Quint, Jewish Jurisprudence: Its Sources and Modern Applications (volume 2), Harwood Academic Publishers (1986).
  35. The Jewish Law Annual (volume 5), Neil Hecht, ed., E.J. Brill (1986). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law]
  36. Hanina Ben-Menahem, Legal Formalism in the Halakhah, v.1 temporary edition Selected Topics in Jewish Law, Neil Hecht & Hanina Ben-Menahem, eds., Everyman's University (1985). [published under the auspices of the Institute of Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law]
  37. Neil Hecht & Hanina Ben-Menahem, "A Modest Addendum to 'The Greek Metrological Relief in Oxford’," 65 The Antiquaries Journal 139 (1985).
  38. Neil Hecht & Emanuel B. Quint, "Exigency Jurisdiction Under Jewish Law," 9 Dine Israel 27 (1981).
  39. Neil Hecht & Emanuel B. Quint, Jewish Jurisprudence: Its Sources and Modern Applications (volume 1), Harwood Academic Publishers (1980).
  40. Neil Hecht & William M. Pinzler, "Rebutting Presumptions: Order Out of Chaos," 58 Boston University Law Review 527 (1978).
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  41. Neil Hecht, Long Term Lease Planning and Drafting, W.H. Anderson Co. (1974).
  42. Neil Hecht, "Variable Rental Provisions in Long Term Ground Leases," 72 Columbia Law Review 625 (1972).
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  43. Neil Hecht, "From Seisin to Sit-In: Evolving Property Concepts," 44 Boston University Law Review 435 (1964).
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  44. Neil Hecht, "State Taxation of Bankruptcy Liquidations: Federalism Misconceived," 67 Yale Law Journal 335 (1957).
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