Zalman Rothschild

Incoming Assistant Professor of Law and Horn Family Distinguished Research Scholar in Law and Religion at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Previously, he was a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School. His research focuses on the First Amendment, anti-discrimination law, and law and religion. His scholarship has or will appear in Columbia Law ReviewCornell Law Review, the Journal of Law and ReligionColumbia Law Review ForumYale Law Journal Forum, and several other academic publications, and has been featured in The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe New Yorker, and the New York Review of Books. His writing for popular audiences has appeared in The Atlantic, the Los Angeles TimesThe Guardian, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. In 2023, the Law and Religion Section of the Association of American Law Schools awarded Zalman the Harold Berman Award for Excellence in Scholarship.

Before becoming a Bigelow Fellow, Zalman served as a law clerk to Judge Jane Roth on the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and practiced law for several years as a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss. During that time, Zalman was recognized by The American Lawyer in its “Litigator of the Week” profile for winning a Fourth Amendment appeal and securing the reversal of all convictions of his client (2021) and received the “On the Rise—Top 40 Young Lawyer” award from the American Bar Association (2022).

Zalman holds a JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a PhD in Religion from New York University.

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