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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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America's Law School Cartel

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, February 12, 2015

The legal education system is great for professors, but terrible for students and the public. 

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National View: Keystone: Testimony To Regulatory Sclerosis

by James Huffmanvia South Coast Today
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have both passed bills to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project. Assuming the two houses reach agreement, a reconciled bill will soon go to President Obama. He says he will veto the legislation because he does not want to short-circuit the established process for such approvals.

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The Travesty Of Signing Day

by James Huffmanvia Daily Caller (DC)
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Wednesday was signing day. Amazingly, and sadly, the vast majority of readers will know what that means.

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Unspecified Charges Of Voter Suppression Aren’t A ‘Better Politics,’ Mr. President

by James Huffmanvia Daily Caller (DC)
Thursday, January 22, 2015

President Obama’s Tuesday night lecture on the need for a little civility and kumbaya in our national politics was hard to take seriously coming on the heels of legislative proposals with zero prospect of enactment, threatened vetoes, child-like flaunting of his two election victories and repeated insults directed at the majority of those present in the House chamber.

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Columbia Law School Offers Students A Fainting Couch

by James Huffmanvia Daily Caller (DC)
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Daily Caller reports that Columbia University Law School has agreed to postpone final exams for students traumatized by the recent grand jury non-indictments in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. The DC also reports that students at Harvard and Georgetown law schools would like the same consideration from their institutions of higher learning.

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Do Democrats Really Believe Obama Is Within The Scope Of Executive Power?

by James Huffmanvia Daily Caller (DC)
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Do Democrats truly believe that Article II of the Constitution grants the president all of the powers President Obama proclaims to have and has in fact exercised? Or are they just going along because they agree with the president’s policy agenda?

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The Academy And The Right To Be Comfortable

by James Huffmanvia Daily Caller (DC)
Monday, November 10, 2014

Writing in today’s Wall Street Journal, Harvey Silvergate describes a recent panel discussion hosted by Smith College President Kathleen McCartney for Smith College alumni. The panel was titled: “Challenging the Ideological Echo Chamber: Free Speech, Civil Discourse and the Liberal Arts.”

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The Case Against Early Voting

by James Huffmanvia Daily Caller (DC)
Thursday, October 30, 2014

After casting his ballot in Chicago a full 16 days before the election, President Obama said “I’m so glad I can vote early here.” He then held up a flyer and admonished “early vote, everybody.” The president thus declared himself an enthusiastic supporter of the early voting craze that is sweeping the nation.

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When Government Discriminates

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tax incentive programs pick winners and losers, distorting the operation of the free market.

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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.