Prof. Arthur D. Hellman

Professor of Law; Sally Ann Semenko Endowed Chair, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Arthur Hellman

Professor Hellman has achieved a national reputation as a scholar of the federal courts. He is one of the leading academic commentators on issues of federal judicial ethics, and his unique series of empirical studies on the operation of precedent in the U.S. Supreme Court and the courts of appeals has been used as a basis for policy decisions at both the federal and state levels.

Over the years, Professor Hellman has testified as an invited witness at numerous hearings of the Judiciary Committees in both the House and the Senate. His testimony has focused on a wide variety of legislative issues related to the federal courts, including the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court; the structure of the federal courts of appeals; federal judicial discipline; unpublished appellate opinions; and the constitutionality of legislative restrictions on the powers of the federal courts. He received public recognition from leading members of the House Judiciary Committee for his work in helping to draft the Judicial Improvements Act of 2002, the current version of the law that governs the handling of misconduct complaints against federal judges.

Professor Hellman’s publications include numerous articles and several books, including two casebooks, Federal Courts: Cases and Materials on Judicial Federalism and the Lawyering Process (2nd edition 2009) (with Lauren Robel and David Stras); and First Amendment Law: Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion (2006) (with William D. Araiza and Thomas E. Baker).

Professor Hellman is the nation's leading academic authority on the largest of the federal appellate courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. From 1999 through 2001 he served on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Evaluation Committee — the only academic on the committee. A decade earlier, he supervised a distinguished group of legal scholars and political scientists in analyzing the innovations of the Ninth Circuit and its court of appeals.

Before joining the Pitt law faculty, Professor Hellman was deputy executive director of the Commission on Revision of the Federal Court Appellate System (Hruska Commission).

  • JD, Yale University
  • BA, Harvard University

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