Faculty Profiles - Senior Lecturers

Mark  Goldfeder

Mark Goldfeder

Senior Lecturer

Areas of Expertise

Family Law, Jewish Law, Law and Religion

Curriculum Vitae

Mark Goldfeder is Director of Law and Religion Student Program and Spruill Family Senior Fellow in Law and Religion. A scholar of law and religion and comparative Jewish Law, Goldfeder's work examines issues of marriage, polygamy, and religious liberty.

An LLM/SJD graduate of Emory University School of Law, Goldfeder serves as a senior lecturer at Emory Law and as an adjunct professor in Emory University's Department of Religion. He has also taught law and religion courses at Georgia State University College of Law.

Goldfeder is the author of multiple articles and paper presentations on Jewish Law and marriage, polygamy, and Israeli law. He has presented at conferences and universities throughout North America, Europe, and Israel. In addition to his teaching and research, Goldfeder is responsible for leading the Law and Religion Student Program. In this capacity he has created a law and religion internship, a law and religion externship, a law and religion society, and a law and religion blog.

Education: SJD, LLM, Emory University School of Law; JD, New York University School of Law; BA, Yeshiva University


Polygamy After DOMA (forthcoming; under review by major university press)

Journal Articles

“The Adoption of Children in Judaism and in Israel; a Conceptual and Practical Review,” 22-1 Cardozo Journal of International & Comparative Law Volume (Fall 2013).

 “'‘Legislating Love; Neighboring as the Essence of the Israeli Legal System.” 24-1 Indiana International & Comparative Law Review (Fall 2013).

“Not All Dogs Go to Heaven; Judaism’s Lessons in Beastly Morality,” 20.1 Animal Law Review (Fall 2013).

Book Chapters

“Adoption in Jewish Law,” in Bert Ballard, Naomi Goodno, Robert Cochran, and Jay Milbrandt (eds.), Intercountry Adoption, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2013).

“Who is a Jew; The Timely Application of Timeless Principles,” in Leonard J. Greenspoon, ed., Who is a Jew?, Indiana: Purdue University Press, (2013).

Goldfeder, Mark, “Review Essay; Reuven Firestone’s ‘Holy War in Judaism: The Fall and Rise of a
Controversial Idea,’” Journal of Church and State (2013, forthcoming). Co-authored with Michael J.


“Changing Marriages in the 21st Century: After the Recent US Supreme Court Rulings,” Jean Beer  Blumenfeld Center for Ethics, Georgia State University (upcoming).

“Just and Legal Wars; A Model for Israel,” Dilemmas of Israeli Democracy Conference, Center for Israeli Studies at the National University for Political Science and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania.
October 2, 2013 (upcoming).

“Law, Religion, and Women; A New Approach For Modern Times,” The Jewish Federation of Omaha, Nebraska, October 19, 2013 (upcoming).

“Negotiating Religion,” Young Israel of Century City ‘Issues and Answers Series’, Los Angeles, California, October 12, 2013 (upcoming). 

“Family Law of the Future; Robots as Family Members,” Limmud Southeast, September 2, 2013 (upcoming).