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Shlomo Pill graduated from LCM in 2009 with a B.A. in Political Science and History, and began studying at Fordham Law School that fall. During law school, Shlomo served as an editor for the Fordham Urban Law Journal, President of the Fordham Law Student Chapter of the Federalist Society, published a academic article comparing grounds for disqualifying judges in American law and halakha, and began studying for semikha yoreh yoreh.
After graduating from Fordham with a J.D. and passing the New York State Bar Exam in 2012, Shlomo and his family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he began working on an L.L.M. (Master of Laws) in Law and Religion at Emory Law School and Emory University's Center for the Study of Law and Religion. After graduating in May 2013, Shlomo began work on a doctorate (S.J.D.) in Law and Religion at Emory, focusing his studies on comparing American, Jewish, and Islamic law and legal philosophy.
His dissertation explores the ways in which halakha and fiqh (Islamic religious law) address the issue of disagreement about what God's law requires, and the ways in which these perspectives can be applied to respond to increased factionalism and divisiveness within American legal and political society. In addition to his academic studies, Shlomo is a member of the Atlanta Dayanut Institute, where he is pursuing semikha yadin yadin under the direction of Rabbi Michael J. Broyde.
Shlomo has published forthcoming articles in academic journals dealing with intersections of American, Jewish, and Islamic law, and has lectured to scholarly and popular audiences throughout the United States and abroad. Shlomo is also a sofer and artist, who produces kesubos, semikha certificates, megillos, and other illuminated Judaic art, and is an avid BBQer, having taken home four trophies for his smoked brisket, ribs, and beans at the 2013 Atlanta Kosher BBQ Competition. When not studying or learning, Shlomo tries to spend time doing fun stuff with his wife of five and a half years, Tzivie, and their almost four year old daughter, Arial.