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James Huffman


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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Too Much Democracy?

by James Huffmanvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 21, 2016

Simple majorities were never meant to rule Americans’ lives. How the founders limited factions and fanatics. 

Analysis and Commentary

October Is For Halloween—Not Voting

by James Huffmanvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Wait for Election Day. Clinton or Trump may change your mind.

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The Supreme Court In The Balance

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The rule of law and constitutional government depend on an independent judiciary—and we are far from that ideal today.

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America Is Not A Pure Democracy

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Trump and Sanders claim that the will of the people is at risk of being thwarted, but sometimes that’s as it should be.          

Analysis and Commentary

Oregon Delegates Should Lead Republican Revolt Against Donald Trump

by James Huffmanvia Oregonian
Friday, July 1, 2016

Things have been pretty bleak for Oregon Republicans over the past couple of decades. Perhaps an Oregon-led revolution at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland would help change that.

Justice Antonin Scalia discusses the premise of his book, Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges.
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Supreme Court Politics

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Though they may lament partisanship, the Justices have politicized the judicial confirmation process.

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The Court After Scalia

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The late Justice was committed to the rule of law, but his replacement will likely be committed to a party or ideology. 

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The New Sagebrush Rebels

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 21, 2016

There’s no recourse in history or law for rural westerners who feel marginalized by federal land policy.

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The Real Cause of Campus Racism

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The champions of “diversity” treat students of color differently and encourage them to self-segregate.

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The Edmund Burke Of Maycomb County

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, October 8, 2015

Atticus Finch is not a racist; he merely favors evolution over revolution.