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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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Law Schools Are Flunking

by James Huffmanvia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 19, 2015

Enrollment is sagging and student debt climbing. Law schools are a business—in desperate need of a new business model.

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Looting For "Justice"

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Let’s remember that the rule of law, not mob rule, determines whether justice has been done. 

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Laurence Tribe: A ‘Traitor’ To The Environmental Agenda

by James Huffmanvia Daily Caller (DC)
Friday, April 10, 2015

Harvard Professor Laurence Tribe has been getting a lot of press in advance of his representation of Peabody Energy in its dispute with the Obama Administration over the constitutionality of the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon dioxide emission regulations.

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Paul Krugman And Walmart’s Market Wage

by James Huffmanvia Daily Caller (DC)
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

If you have read any of the last hundred or so columns by the New York Times’ celebrated Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, you will know pretty much what his next column will say.

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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?