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Meet the Bloggers – Wilson R. Huhn

Wilson (Will) R. Huhn is a C. Blake McDowell, Jr. Professor and a Constitional Law Research Fellow at The University of Akron School of Law. He currently teaches Constitutional Law, Advanced Constitutional Law and Commercial Paper. He received his B.A. at Yale University and J.D., cum laude, at Cornell University, where he was a member of the Cornell Law Review. Prior to joining the Akron Law faculty in 1984, Professor Huhn served as law clerk for the late Judge Leo A. Jackson in the 8th District Court of Appeals and as an associate at Squire, Sanders and Dempsey. Professor Huhn's book THE FIVE TYPES OF LEGAL ARGUMENT (Carolina Academic Press, 2002) is required reading at a number of law schools nationally. His recent publications include "Congress Has the Power to Enforce the Bill of Rights Against the Federal Government: Therefore FISA is Constitutional and the President's Terrorist Surveillance Program in Illegal," 16 WM. & MARY BILL RTS J. __(2007); "In Defense of the Roosevelt Court," __FLORIDA A. & M. U. L. REV. __(2007); "The State Action Doctrine and the Principle of Democratic Choice," 34 HOFSTRA L. REV. 1379 (2006); and " The Constitutional Jurisprudence of Sandra Day O'Connor: A Refusal to "Foreclose the Unanticipated"," 39 AKRON L. REV. 373-415 (2006). The graduating class of Akron Law selected Professor Huhn as Outstanding Professor of the Year in 1987, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2008, the Akron Law alumni awarded him the Outstanding Publication Prize in 2004 and 2006, and the law faculty named him the "Most Valuable Player' for his contributions to legal scholarship, 2001-03. Professor Huhn volunteers his time on community boards and serves as a coach for special needs athletic teams.

My name is Wilson Huhn. I have lived in northeastern Ohio for over 30 years. My wife and I have raised four children and worked our entire careers in this region. I am in my twenty-fifth year of teaching at the University of Akron School of Law.

For the past quarter-century I have had the great privilege of teaching Constitutional Law. In my opinion, the Constitution expresses the fundamental American political and social values: liberty, equality, fairness, tolerance, and self-government. In many cases Americans disagree about the precise application of these principles, but we are in agreement that we and our government must be obedient to these principles.

What defines America? We are not a single race or ethnic group. We are not of a single religion. We speak different languages and look to different cultural heritages. We celebrate diversity and have welcomed to our shores people from all over the world. What makes us unique? What unifies us and identifies us as Americans?

What holds us together as Americans is our commitment to the great principles listed above. Lincoln told us that this nation was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal â Jefferson also stated that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights â that among these rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness â and that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among people, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

However, the Constitution is not simply a declaration of principles like the Declaration of Independence or the Declaration of the Rights of Man. Instead, the Constitution is a law, a law that is binding upon us and upon every single government agency and every single public official. As with every other law, the Constitution is enforced by the courts, but what sets the Constitution apart from every other law is that it is a supreme and paramount law. As Justice Story said, the Constitution is âthe voice of all the American people,â and every other law must be in conformity with the Constitution.

I shall write about the Constitution in two formats. I shall be writing a number of essays offering background and general information about the Constitution and constitutional interpretation. These will be contained in âPagesâ to this blog. I shall also write essays about the constitutional aspects of stories in the news, which will be contained in âPostsâ that I will submit on a weekly basis, usually on Tuesdays.

I am proud to be a member of the Akron Law Café team, and I look forward to the opportunity for us to share our thoughts about the meaning of the Constitution.

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