jim huffman, property rights task force member

James Huffman

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James Huffman is dean emeritus and formerly the Erskine Wood Sr. Professor of Law at Lewis and Clark Law School in Oregon. He served as dean of the law school from 1993 to 2006. Huffman serves on the boards of the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment, the Western Resource Legal Center and the Classroom Law Project and is a member and former chairman of the Federalist Society Property and Environment Practice Group. He is the author of two books published in 2013 by Palgrave Macmillan: Private Property and State Power and Private Property and the Constitution. Huffman is a visiting fellow of the Hoover Institution.

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Oil Drilling
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The Problem with a National Energy Policy

by James Huffmanvia The Intelligencer
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

At least since the 1973 oil embargo there have been calls for a national energy policy. Most proponents of such a policy envision guidelines for the future mix of energy sources, targets for energy conservation, standards for balancing energy production against competing social needs and recognition of foreign policy considerations.

Do Chimps Have Human Rights?
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Do Chimps Have Human Rights?

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Readers of the New York Times Magazine will have seen a photograph of an animatronic chimpanzee testifying at court on the cover of a recent edition. That chimp is supposed to represent Tommy. As the Times story details, lawyer Steven Wise seeks to represent Tommy in court...

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Book Review: 'A Climate of Crisis' by Patrick Allitt

by James Huffmanvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Climate change has been the dominant environmental concern of the 21st century. Public discussion of the topic is less an informed exchange of ideas than a strident debate pitting alarmists against deniers—at least that is how each side labels the other.

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Keystone Courts

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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Keystone Courts

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Philosopher-kings in black robes advance the environmentalist agenda.

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The Real Public Servants

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Friday, February 7, 2014
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The Real Public Servants

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, February 6, 2014

Private enterprise does more for the national good than it gets credit for.

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The Problem With 'Job Creation'

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, December 5, 2013
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The Problem With 'Job Creation'

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

In the next election, politicians should reconsider their rhetoric when it comes to the economy.

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The World According to Kipling

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, October 24, 2013

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