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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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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. 

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Global Warming Goes To Court

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

In a landmark case, Dutch judges abandon the rule of law to craft climate change policy. 

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.