Professor Chaim Saiman, a scholar in Jewish Law and Private Law Theory, joins the
Law School after serving as a John M. Olin Fellow in Law at Harvard Law School and a
Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History at New York University School of Law. Professor
Saiman will teach Contracts I and II, and a seminar on Jewish Law. 

Professor Saiman received his B.S., magna cum laude, from Georgia State University, and
his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. At Columbia, he was a Harlan Fiske Stone
Scholar. Professor Saiman also done graduate Talmudic and Biblical studies at Yeshivat
Har Etzion and undergraduate Talmudic and Biblical studies at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavne in

Following law school, he worked as an associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton
in New York. He then clerked for the Honorable Michael W. McConnell of the United States
Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit before serving as a fellow at Harvard Law School
and at New York University School of Law. 

Professor Saiman’s publications include: “Interpreting Immunity: Qualified Immunity and
the Common Law Tradition,” 8 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law
(forthcoming 2006); “Legal Theory: Conceptualism in Jewish Law,” 21 Journal of Law and
Religion (forthcoming 2006); ”Tradition and Change” (reviewing John T. Noonan, A Church
that Can and Cannot Change (2005), in Tradition (forthcoming 2006). 


Restitution and the Production of Legal Doctrine, Washington and Lee Law Review (2008)


Public Law, Private Law, and Legal Science, American Journal of Comparative Law (2008)

This essay explores the historical and conceptual connections between private law and nineteenth century classical...



Restitution in America: Why the U.S. Refuses to Join in the Global Restitution Party, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (2008)

In the past generation, restitution law has emerged as global phenomenon. From its Oxbridge home...



Restating Restitution: A Study in Contemporary Common Law Conceptualism, Villanova Law Review (2007)

The ALI’s Restatement (Third) of Restitution provides one of the most interesting expressions of contemporary...



Jesus' Legal Theory - A Rabbinic Reading, Journal of Law and Religion (2007)

This article locates the ancient debates between Jesus and the Talmudic rabbis within the discourse...