Hot Topics

     This page and the navigation bar to the left contain links to descriptions of "hot topics" in constitutional law.  Students who are registered for Professor Huhn's courses may participate in discussions about these and other topics through Springboard at the University of Akron.
     Available below is an amicus brief in support of affirmative action filed with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by Professor Huhn on behalf of a committee of law professors and constitutional historians.  A similar brief was filed in the Sixth Circuit by Professor Huhn.
    Other topics that are described at this tab include "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (the policy preventing gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military), same-sex marriage (including discussions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, Proposition 8, and Ohio Issue 1), questions surrounding Arizona immigration laws, Birthright Citizenship, the treatment of detainees in the War on Terror, and slavery in the world today.  
     For a discussion of cases that are currently pending before the Supreme Court such as Snyder v. Phelps (the military funeral protester case), link to the tab on Pending Supreme Court cases.  Links to discussions of cases decided during the previous two terms of court, such as Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (the case allowing corporations to spend money on political advertisements) and McDonald v. Chicago (striking down a municipal ordinance prohibiting possession of handguns in the home) may be found at the tab Recently Decided Cases.
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Affirmative Action amicus brief filed in 9th Circuit  227k v. 1 Feb 4, 2012, 1:32 AM Wilson Huhn