Wayne State University
Robert A. Sedler
Robert A. Sedler
Distinguished Professor of Law
Room 3213
(313) 577-3968

Education

B.A., University of Pittsburgh
J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Biography

Robert A. Sedler is a distinguished professor at Wayne State University Law School, where he teaches courses in Constitutional Law and Conflict of Laws.

Prior to coming to Wayne State in 1977, he was a professor of law at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Professor Sedler earned his A.B. degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1956 and his law degree degree from the same university in 1959. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Order of the Coif.

In 2005, he was elected to the Wayne State University Academy of Scholars, which is the highest recognition that may be bestowed upon faculty members by their colleagues. He served as president of the academy during the 2007-08 academic year.

Professor Sedler has published extensively in both of his fields, and there have been many citations to his works by courts and academic commentators. In 1994, he published a book on American Constitutional Law for the International Encyclopedia of Laws. The book was updated and republished in 2000 and 2005. It was updated and republished in 2012 with the title Constitutional Law in the United States.

Professor Sedler has litigated a large number of civil rights and civil liberties cases in Michigan, Kentucky and elsewhere, mostly as a volunteer lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union. Cases he has litigated in Michigan include the Dearborn Parks case, the racial discrimination in adoption and foster care case, a challenge to the suspicionless drug testing of welfare recipients. He served as a member of the Social Action Commission of the Union for Reform Judaism from 2003 to 2009 and is a member of its Amicus Brief Committee.

Professor Sedler was named a Gershenson Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Wayne State for 1985-87 and received the Donald H. Gordon Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1988. From 2000 to 2005, he held the Gibbs Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. He also has received awards from the NAACP Kentucky Conference in 1975, ACLU of Kentucky in 1976, NAACP Metropolitan Detroit Branch in 1986, Southwestern Michigan ACLU in 1988, Metropolitan Detroit ACLU in 1994, Oakland County ACLU in 2002 (together with Rozanne Sedler) and Metropolitan Detroit Chapter of the American Jewish Committee in 2012 (together with Rozanne Sedler).

He was the chairperson of the Michigan State Bar Constitutional Law Committee from 1981 to 1987 and of the Legal Education Committee from 1988 to 1994. In 2012, he was awarded the State Bar of Michigan John W. Reed Michigan Lawyer Legacy Award, which is presented periodically to an educator from a Michigan law school whose influence on lawyers has elevated the quality of legal practice in the state.

Courses Taught

Constitutional Law
Conflict of Laws

Books

Constitutional Law in the United States
Constitutional Law in the United States (Kluwer Law International) 2011

“Derived from the renowned multivolume International Encyclopaedia of Laws, this very useful analysis of constitutional law in the United States provides essential information on the country’s sources of constitutional law, its form of government, and its administrative structure,” according to the publisher. “Lawyers who handle transnational matters will appreciate the clarifications of particular terminology and its application.”

Click here for more information.
Constitutional Law - United States
Constitutional Law - United States (Kluwer Law International) 2005

This book is a part of the Constitutional Law Series of the International Encyclopedia of Laws. It was first published in 1994. The book seeks to explain the nature and operation of the American constitutional system to an international audience. The book contains the following chapters: The Constitution as the Only Source of Constitutional Law. Constitutional Interpretation: The Role of the Supreme Court. Constitutional Supremacy. Form of Government. The Legislative Power. The Executive Power. Separation of Powers and Conflicts Between Congress and the President. The Judiciary. Independent Non-Political Agencies. The American Federal System. State and Municipal Government. The Interaction Between Federal and State Power. The States and "National Unity." Citizenship and the Relevance of Citizenship. Fundamental Rights and Liberties. Constitutional Problems of Minorities. Judicial Control of Administrative Action. Legal Position of Aliens. War, Treaty and Foreign Affairs Powers. Taxing and Spending Powers. Emergency Laws. The Relationship Between Church and State.

Across State Lines.
Across State Lines. (American Bar Association, Section of General Practice) 1989

In our highly mobile and global society, the conflict of laws has been transformed from a fairly esoteric doctrine to a fact of everyday legal practice. In this book, the author explains how the conflict of laws is applied in a variety of situations with which lawyers must deal. It summarizes the different approaches that are followed by the courts in conflicts cases and the likely outcomes in the various fact-law patterns that present themselves in actual cases.

Selected Publications

The Constitution, the Courts, and the Common Law, 53 WAYNE LAW REVIEW 153, 2007.

The Constitutional Protection of Religious Freedom, WAYNE LAW REVIEW, forthcoming  2007.

The Louisville-Jefferson County School Desegregation Case: A Lawyers Retrospective, 105 REGISTER OF THE KENTUCKY HISTORICAL SOCIETY 3, 2007.

The Media and National Security, in Symposium, 53 WAYNE LAW REVIEW 1025, 2007

Property and Speech, in Symposium, The Rehnquist Court and the First Amendment, 21 WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF LAW AND POLICY 123 (2006).                         

Introduction to the Symposium: Lay Beyond Borders: Jurisdiction in an Era of       Globalization, 51 WAYNE LAW REVIEW 1065 (2005).

The American Federal System and the War on Terrorism, in LEGAL ISSUES IN HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT (American Bar Association, Section of State and Local Government Law) (2005)

The Constitutional Protection of Freedom of Speech in the United States and the Russian Federation: A Comparative Analysis. Translated into Russian and published in the STATE AND LAW: IMPORTANT ISSUES OF HISTORY AND THE PRESENT DAY, Mari State University Law Faculty, vol. 3, p. 170 (2004).

Implementing Brown: A Lawyers View, in Symposium: 50 WAYNE LAW REVIEW 835 (2004).

The Constitution Should Protect the Right to Same Sex Marriage, 49 WAYNE LAW REVIEW 975 (2004).

Affirmative Action, Race and the Constitution: From Bakke to Grutter, 92 KENTUCKY LAW JOURNAL 219 (2003-2004).

American Federalism, State Sovereignty, and the Interest Analysis Approach to Choice of Law, in Law and Justice in a Multistate World: Essays in Honor of Arthur T. Von Mehren (Nafziger & Symeonides, eds. 2002)

The Settled Nature of American Constitutional Law, 48 WAYNE LAW REVIEW 1-180, Special Issue (2002)

Interest Analysis, "Multistate Policies, and Considerations of Fairness in Conflicts Torts Cases, 37 WILLAMETTE LAW REVIEW  233 (2001)

The First Amendment and Land Use: An Overview; Nude Dancing, in Protecting Free Speech and Expression: The First Amendment and Land Use Law (Mandelker & Rubin eds., American Bar Association, Section of State and Local Government Law 2001) 

The Louisiana Codification and Tort Rules of Choice of Law, 60 LOUISIANA LAW REVIEW 1331 (2000)

Choice of Law in Conflicts Torts Cases: A Third Restatement or Rules of Choice of Law? 75 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 615 (2000)

The Role of "Intent" in Discrimination Analysis, in Non-Discrimination Law: Comparative Perspectives (Loenen & Rodrigues, eds.1999)

Abortion, Physician-Assisted Suicide and the Constitution: The View from Without and Within, 12 NOTRE DAME JOURNAL OF LAW, ETHICS & PUBLIC POLICY 529 (1998)

Understanding the Establishment Clause: The Perspective of Constitutional Litigation, 43 WAYNE LAW REVIEW 1317 (1997)

Are Absolute Bans on Assisted Suicide Constitutional?  I Say No, 72 UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT-MERCY LAW REVIEW 725 (1995)

The Constitution and Personal Autonomy: The Lawyering Perspective, 11 THOMAS M. COOLEY LAW REVIEW 771 (1994)

Constitutional Challenges to Bans on "Assisted Suicide": The View From Without and Within, 21 HASTINGS CONSTITUTIONAL LAW QUARTERLY 777 (1994)

Constitutional Law - United States (1994), Update and Republication (2000), (2005), with Contemporary Revision of Text of United States Constitution (1995).  Published as part of the Constitutional Law Series of the International Encyclopedia of Laws.

Interest Analysis, Party Expectations, and Judicial Method in Conflicts Torts Cases: Reflections on Cooney v. Osgood Machinery,Inc., 59 BROOKLYN LAW REVIEW 1323 (1994)

Interest Analysis, State Sovereignty, and Federally-Mandated Choice of Law in "Mass Tort" Cases, 56 ALBANY LAW REVIEW 855 (1993)

Continuity, Precedent and Choice of Law: A Reflective Response to Professor Hill, 38 WAYNE LAW REVIEW 1419 (1992)

The Unconstitutionality of Campus Bans on "Racist Speech": The View from Without and Within, 53 UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH LAW REVIEW 631 (1992)

Doe v. University of Michigan and Campus Bans on "Racist Speech": The View from Within, 37 WAYNE LAW REVIEW 1325 (1991)

The First Amendment in Litigation: The "Law of the First Amendment," 48 WASHINGTON AND LEE LAW REVIEW 1 (1991)

The Constitution, Racial Preference, and the Supreme Court's Institutional Ambivalence: Reflections on Metro Broadcasting, 36 WAYNE LAW REVIEW 1187 (1990)

Professor Juenger's Challenge to the Interest Analysis Approach to Choice of Law: An Appreciation and a Response, 23 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-DAVIS LAW REVIEW 865 (1990)

The Case Against All Encompassing Federal Mass Tort Legislation: Sacrifice Without Gain (with A. Twerski), 73 MARQUETTE LAWREVIEW 76 (1989); State Choice of Law in Mass Tort Cases: A Response to "A View from the Legislature," (with A. Twerski), 73 MARQUETTE LAW REVIEW 625 (1990).

The Constitutional Protection of Freedom of Religion, Expression, and Association in Canada and the United States: A ComparativeAnalysis, 20 CASE-WESTERN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 577 (1988)

The Constitution, Racial Preference, and the Equal Participation Objective, in Slavery and Its Consequences: The Constitution, Equality and Race (Goldwin & Kaufman, eds. 1988)

The Profound Impact of Milliken v. Bradley, 33 WAYNE LAW REVIEW 1693 (1987)

The Constitution and the Consequences of the Social History of Racism, 40 ARKANSAS LAW REVIEW 677 (1987)

Moffatt Hancock and the Conflict of Laws:  An American-Canadian Perspective, 37 UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO LAW JOURNAL 62 (1987)

The Sum and Substance of Conflict of Laws (with Roger C. Cramton) (3d ed. 1987)
    
Federal and State Power over International Trade under the United States Constitution, in The Legal Framework for Canada-United States Trade (Irish & Carasco eds. 1987)

Legal Approaches to Resolving Problems of Racial Discrimination in Education and Employment in the United States, 7 URBAN LAW AND POLICY (North-Holland) 297 (1985)

The Negative  Commerce Clause as a Restriction on State Regulation and Taxation: An Analysis in Terms of Constitutional Structure, 31 WAYNE L.REV. 885 (1985)

The State Constitutions and the Supplemental Protection of Individual Rights, 16 TOLEDO LAW REVIEW 465 (1985)

Constitutional Protection of Individual Rights in Canada:  The Impact of the New Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, 59 NOTRE DAME LAW REVIEW 1194 (1984)

Choice of Law in Michigan:  Judicial Method and the Policy-Centered Conflict of Laws, 29 WAYNE LAW REVIEW 1193 (1983)

Interest Analysis and Forum Preference in the Conflict of Laws:  A Response to the "New Critics", 34 MERCER LAW REVIEW  593 (1983)

The Legitimacy Debate in Constitutional  Adjudication:  An Assessment and a Different  Perspective, 44 OHIO STATE LAW JOURNAL 93 (1983)

Constitutional Limitations on Choice of Law: The Perspective of Constitutional Generalism, 10 HOFSTRA LAW REVIEW 59 (1981); reprinted in Italian, Limiti contituzionali alla scelta della legge applicabile: prospettiva di generalismo costituzionale, Rivista di diritto internazionale privato e processuale, no.2,p.241 (1983).

The Assertion of Constitutional Jus Tertii: A Substantive Approach, 70 CALIFORNIA LAW REVIEW 308 (1982)

Response to Conflict of Laws Dialogue, 32 HASTINGS LAW JOURNAL 1628 (1981)

The Constitution and School Desegregation: The Nature of the Substantive Right, 68 KENTUCKY LAW JOURNAL 879 (1980)

Racial Preference and the Constitution: The Societal Interest in the Equal Participation Objective, 26 WAYNE LAW REVIEW 1227 (1980)

On Choice of Law and the Great Quest:  A Critique of Special Multistate Solutions to Choice-of-Law Problems, 7 HOFSTRA LAW REVIEW 807 (1979)

Beyond Bakke:  The Constitution and Redressing the Social History of Racism, 14 HARVARD CIVIL RIGHTS-CIVIL LIBERTIES LAW REVIEW 133 (1979)

Comments on Metropolitan Desegregation and the Courts, 10 URBAN LAW REVIEW 149 (1979)

Younger and Its Progeny:  A Variation on the Theme Of Equity, Comity and Federalism, 9 TOLEDO LAW REVIEW 149 (1978)

Judicial Jurisdiction and Choice of Law in Interstate Accident Cases:  The Implications of Shaffer v. Heitner, 1978 WASHINGTON UNIV. L.Q. 329

Choice of Law in Michigan - A Time to Go Modern, 24 WAYNE LAW REVIEW 829 (1978)

The Governmental Interest Approach to Choice of Law:  An Analysis and a Reformulation, 25 UCLA L. REV. 181 (1977)

Rules of Choice of Law Versus Choice of Law Rules: Judicial Method in Conflicts Torts Cases, 44 TENN. L. REV. 975 (1977)

Standing and The Burger Court: An Analysis and Some Proposals for Legislative Reform, 30 RUTGERS LAW REVIEW 863 (1977)

Racial Preference, Reality and the Constitution: Bakke v. Regents of the University of California 17 SANTA CLARA LAW REVIEW 329 (1977)

Functionally Restrictive Substantive Rules in American Conflicts Law, 50 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LAW REVIEW 27 (1976)

The Summary Contempt Power and the Constitution: The View from Without and Within, 51 NEW YORK UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 34 (1976)

Metropolitan Desegregation in the Wake of Milliken - On Losing Big Battles and Winning Small Wars:  The View Largely from Within, 1975 WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW QUARTERLY 535

The Truly Disinterested Forum in the Conflict of   Laws:  Reflections on Ratliff v. Cooper Laboratories, 25 SOUTH CAROLINA LAW REVIEW 185 (1973)

Interstate Accidents and the Unprovided for Case: Reflections on Neumeier v. Kuehner, 1 HOFSTRA LAW REVIEW 125 (1973)

Judicial Method is "Alive and Well": The Kentucky Approach to Choice of Law in Interstate Automobile Accidents, 61 KENTUCKY LAW JOURNAL 378 (1973)

The Legal Dimensions of Women's Liberation: An Overview, 47 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 419 (1972)

Standing, Justiciability and All That: A Behavioral Analysis, 25 VANDERBILT LAW REVIEW 479 (1972)

The Contracts Provisions of the Restatement of Conflict of Laws (Second): An                        Analysis and a Critique, 72 COLUMBIA LAW REVIEW 279 (1972)

Dombrowski in the Wake of Younger: The View from Without and Within, 1972 WISCONSIN LAW REVIEW 1

The Procedural Defense in Selective Service Prosecutions:  The View from Without and Within, 56 IOWA LAW REVIEW 1121 (1971)

The Territorial Imperative: Automobile Accidents and the Significance of a State Line: 9 DUQUESNE LAW REVIEW 394 (1971)

Characterization, Identification of the Problem Area and the Policy-Centered Conflict of Laws: An Exercise in Judicial Method, 2 RUTGERS-CAMDEN LAW REVIEW 8 (1970)

The Dombrowski-Type Suit as an Effective Weapon for Social Change: Reflections from Without and Within, (2 parts), 18 KANSAS LAW REVIEW 237, 629 (1970)

The Collateral Source Rule and Personal Injury Damages:  The Irrelevant Principle and the Functional Approach (2 parts), 58 KENTUCKY LAW JOURNAL 36, 161 (1969-70)

Law Reform in the Emerging Nations of Sub-Saharan Africa:  Social Change and Development of the Modern Legal System, 13 ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 195 (1968); reprinted in Law Reform: A Modern Perspective (1969).

Babcock v. Jackson in Kentucky: Judicial Method and the Policy-Centered Conflict of Laws, 56 KENTUCKY LAW JOURNAL 27 (1967)

The Development of Legal Systems:  The Ethiopian Experience, 53 IOWA LAW REVIEW 562 (1967)

Nationality, Domicile and the Personal Law in Ethiopia, 2 JOURNAL OF ETHIOPIAN LAW 161(1965)

Injunctive Relief and Personal Integrity, 9 ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY LAW JOURNAL 147 (1964)

The Chilot Jurisdiction of the Emperor of Ethiopia:  A Legal Analysis in Historical and Comparative Perspective, 8 JOURNAL OF AFRICAN LAW 59 (1964)

The Realities of Attorney-Client Confidences (with J. Simeone), 24 OHIO STATE LAW JOURNAL 1 (1963)

School Segregation in the North and West: Legal Aspects, 7 ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY LAW JOURNAL 228 (1963)

Recognition of Foreign Judgments and Decrees, 23 MISSOURI LAW REVIEW 432 (1963)

Standing to Assert Constitutional Jus Tertii in the Supreme Court, 71 YALE LAW JOURNAL 599 (1962)

Conditional, Experimental and Substitutional Relief, 12 RUTGERS LAW REVIEW 639 (1962) 
  
The Erie Outcome Test as a Guide to Substance and Procedure in the Conflict of Laws, 37 NEW YORK UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 813 (1962)

Rights of Defrauded Quiz Show Contestants, 6 WAYNE LAW REVIEW 225 (1960) 

Accomplishments

January 28, 2014
Robert A. Sedler participated in a roundtable discussion on privacy and security for Detroit's Ambassador magazine. Denise Ilitch was the panel moderator. An article about the panel discussion is expected to be published in the March/April issue of the publication.


November 20, 2013
Robert A. Sedler gave a presentation on Nov. 20 to the Michigan Court of Appeals about U.S. Supreme Court and Michigan Supreme Court constitutional law decisions for the last two years. He gave the presentation at the court's Detroit office, and it was broadcast to the court's other offices in Troy, Lansing and Grand Rapids. The court education program is coordinated by Judge Henry Saad, a 1974 Wayne Law graduate.


October 9, 2013
Robert A. Sedler was part of a panel presentation at the Oct. 8 meeting of the Wolverine Bar Association in Detroit. The panel considered Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, a Michigan case before the U.S. Supreme Court in its new term. Sedler discussed the constitutional issues involved in the case and the possible dispositions by the Supreme Court. Other panelists included Hon. Helene White, who provided an introductory overview of the case and the Sixth Circuit's ruling; Wayne Law Dean of Admissions Ericka Jackson, who addressed the impact on minority enrollment at Michigan universities; and 2009 Wayne Law alumna Joyce Shon, an associate attorney at the United for Equality and Affirmative Action Legal Defense Fund.


October 2, 2013
Robert A. Sedler spoke on "The Constitution and Government Surveillance" at a meeting of the Birmingham Central Kiwanis Club.


February 15, 2013
Robert A. Sedler met at the Law School on Feb. 11 with a delegation of human rights activists from the Ukraine visiting the United States under the State Department International Visitor Leadership Program. The topic of their visit is "The U.S. Experience in Supporting Freedom of Assembly." The session was an interactive one with translators. Sedler discussed freedom of assembly and association under the First Amendment and included in the discussion the comparable provisions of the Ukraine Constitution. This was the latest presentation the professor did for the State Department International Leadership Program. Since 2006, he has hosted at the Law School delegations from Russia, Ukraine, Indonesia, Spain, French-speaking African countries, the Kyrgyz Republic, and a combined delegation from various European countries.


April 17, 2012
Robert A. Sedler participated in a day-long conference titled "Towards New Geographies of Opportunity in Education" presented by the Wayne County Community College District on April 13. The objective of the conference was to consider the pivotal role educators, advocates and policymakers can play to improve education and economic opportunity on a local and national scale.


December 8, 2011
Robert A. Sedler received the 2011 American Jewish Committee (AJC) Detroit Community Service Award, along with his wife, Rozanne, on Dec. 5, 2011. The award is given by AJC each year in recognition of a recipient’s outstanding contributions to the Jewish people, to the preservation and strengthening of democratic rights and ideas, and to the welfare of Michigan.


December 2, 2011
Robert A. Sedler had a paper titled "Religion, Politics, and American Foreign Policy in the Middle East" published in Forum on Public Policy, Vol 2011 no 3.


December 1, 2011
Robert A. Sedler gave a presentation on November 30, on United States Supreme Court constitutional decisions during the 2010 term and Michigan Supreme Court constitutional decisions during 2010-11. The presentation took place at the Court's offices in Detroit and was transmitted simultaneously to the Court's offices in Troy, Lansing and Grand Rapids. The presentation was attended by the Court's professional staff and clerks and a few judges. The presentation was part of the Court's Education Program, which is chaired by Judge Henry Saad, ’74.


November 7, 2011
Robert A. Sedler gave a presentation on Nov. 3 on constitutional challenges to state immigration laws at the Immigration Forum of the Public Affairs Committee on the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Detroit Section, in Southfield.


September 16, 2011
Robert A. Sedler made a presentation titled "Religion, Politics and American Foreign Policy in the Middle East" to the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit's Institute for Retired Professionals as a part of its fall mini-series at the Jewish Community Center in Oak Park.


July 15, 2011
Robert A. Sedler'spaper, "Self-censorship and the First Amendment," was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for Political Behavior: Cognition, Psychology, and Behavior eJournal.


June 16, 2011
Robert A. Sedler'spaper, "Self-censorship and the First Amendment," was listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for PSN: Political Communication (Topic).


April 22, 2011
Robert A. Sedler recently spoke at a number of events including:

  • April 21, Adult Learning Institute, Oakland Community College: The Constitution, Politics, and Campaign Finance Regulation
  • April 19, Society of Active Retirees, Wayne State University (Birmingham Temple): Our 18th Century Constitution, Congress, the President, and Our Two Party Political System
  • April 16, Gray Panthers of Metropolitan Detroit, Royal Oak Senior Center, Our 18th Century Constitution, Congress, the President, and Our Two Party Political System
  • April 1, Institute of Retired Professionals. Jewish Community Center, The Supreme Court as an Institution

In The News

March 28, 2014
Robert A. Sedler was quoted in a Legal News article titled "Wayne Law professors hail judge's ruling in same-sex marriage case."

Read Article

March 26, 2014
Robert A. Sedler was quoted in a Detroit News report titled "Wayne Circuit Judge McCree removed from bench."

Read Article

March 26, 2014
Robert A. Sedler was quoted in a Clarkston News article titled "Despite 'technical difficulty' local gay couples marry."

Read Article

March 24, 2014
Robert A. Sedler was interviewed by Paul W. Smith on WJR radio for a discussion on the recent same-sex marriage decision in Michigan made by a federal judge.

Read Article

March 23, 2014
Robert A. Sedler was quoted in a USA Today article originally printed in the Detroit Free Press titled "Legal questions abound over same-sex marriages in Michigan."

Read Article

March 22, 2014
Robert A. Sedler was interviewed on WJR radio for a segment about Michigan's same-sex marriage decision in federal court.

Read Article

March 21, 2014
Robert A. Sedler was interviewed live on WDIV-TV Channel 4 for a news report titled "What does Michigan same-sex marriage ban ruling mean?"

Read Article

March 10, 2014
Robert A. Sedler is quoted in a news report on Channel 4 News of London, U.K., titled "European nations in dock over Caribbean slave trade."

Read Article

March 6, 2014
Robert A. Sedler was quoted in a Reuters news story published in the Chicago Tribune and by CNBC titled "Caribbean nations consider push for slavery reparations."

Read Article

February 20, 2014
Robert A. Sedler was quoted in a Livingston Daily article titled "Expert: Closed session may have violated Open Meetings Act."

Read Article

February 18, 2014
Robert A. Sedler was interviewed on The Craig Fahle Show on WDET radio for a segment titled "Snyder wants same-sex benefits ban upheld for public employees."

Read Article

February 12, 2014
Robert A. Sedler was the focus of an article in the Legal News titled "Students interview law professor for documentary film."

Read Article

February 6, 2014
Robert A. Sedler was quoted in a Detroit News article titled "High court: Cities can't bypass Michigan's pot law."

Read Article

January 29, 2014
Robert A. Sedler was quoted in a Legal News article titled "Chief Judge Gerald E. Rosen to deliver I. Goodman Cohen Lecture in trial advocacy on February 4 at Wayne Law."

Read Article

December 29, 2013
Robert A. Sedler was interviewed during the Warren Pierce Show on WJR-Am Radio regarding comments made by a TV personality on Duck Dynasty and the First Amendment.

Read Article

December 20, 2013
Robert A. Sedler wrote a column titled "Feedback: 'Defending free speech' is not a valid argument for allowing dark money in politics," which was published in the Detroit Free Press.

Read Article

November 29, 2013
Robert A. Sedler was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Warren mayor bans inspectors, appointees from buying rental property in city."

Read Article

November 10, 2013
Robert A. Sedler  quoted in an MLive article titled "Conflict over Michigan Stadium marquee sheds light on University of Michigan's constitutional autonomy."Read Article

November 7, 2013
Robert A. Sedler  quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "WSU professor calls court shake-up bill 'bad policy.'"Read Article

November 5, 2013
Robert A. Sedler was interviewed for a report on Detroit Channel 20, WMYD-TV, about the Detroit mayor and City Council election.

Read Article

October 13, 2013
Robert A. Sedler was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "AG Schuette in conflict of interest over city pensioners, legal experts say."

Read Article

October 13, 2013
Robert A. Sedler was quoted in a Port Huron Times-Herald article titled "Michigan AG faces conflict charge in Detroit bankruptcy."

Read Article

October 9, 2013
Robert A. Sedler was the subject of a Legal News article titled "Hearing set Oct. 16 for same-sex marriage case."

Read Article

August 15, 2013
Robert A. Sedler was quoted in a news article in Jurist titled "Federal appeals court strikes down Michigan law prohibiting begging."

Read Article

July 11, 2013
Robert A. Sedler was a panelist on Fox 2 WJBK-TV show "Let It Rip" on the topic of the Zimmerman trial and racism.

Read Article

June 30, 2013
Robert A. Sedler was interviewed on the recent SCOTUS decisions on same-sex marriage on WJR-AM radio and on Channel 7 WXYZ-TV's "Spotlight on the News."

Read Article

June 27, 2013
Robert A. Sedler wrote an column published in the Detroit Free Press titled "Breaking down the Supreme Court's gay marriage rulings."

Read Article

June 26, 2013
Robert A. Sedler was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Gay couple challenging Michigan ban find hope in today's Supreme Court ruling."

Read Article

June 23, 2013
Robert A. Sedler was interviewed on WXYZ-TV's Channel 7 Action News and on WWJ-AM radio about the pending rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court on same-sex marriage cases.

Read Article

June 5, 2013
Robert A. Sedler wrote an op-ed article titled "SCOTUS Close to Decision on Same-Sex Marriage Cases" published in the Oakland Press law blog.

Read Article

May 17, 2013
Robert A. Sedler was quoted in a Detroit News editorial titled "Feds' press snooping risks 1st Amendment."

Read Article

May 9, 2013
Robert A. Sedler was quoted in a report in The Atlantic titled "Does Michigan's Emergency-Manager Law Disenfranchise Black Citizens?"

Read Article

April 21, 2013
Robert A. Sedler was quoted in a column in the Detroit Free Press titled "Nancy Kaffer: A Belle Isle dream that won't come true."

Read Article

April 21, 2013
Robert A. Sedler was interviewed by Warren Pierce on WJR-AM radio about the use of surveillance cameras in cities and about the Miranda public safety exception -- all in relation to last week's Boston Marathon bombings.

Read Article

April 14, 2013
Robert A. Sedler was quoted in a Crain's Detroit Business article titled "Does Schostak loan ruling have ripple effect on EM's power?"

Read Article

April 10, 2013
Robert A. Sedler was quoted in a Yahoo News article titled "Survivor of '63 Ala. church bombing seeks funds."

Read Article

April 3, 2013
Robert A. Sedler was quoted in a Metro Times article titled "EM law heads to court."

Read Article

March 29, 2013
Robert A. Sedler was quoted in a Detroit News article titled "EM foes stage City Hall sit-in, vow further action."

Read Article

March 28, 2013
Robert A. Sedler was quoted in a Detroit News article titled "Opponents to gather in Detroit to protest new emergency manager law."

Read Article

March 28, 2013
Robert A. Sedler was quoted in an article published in the Detroit Free Press and in USA Today titled "Lawsuit challenges Mich. emergency manager law."

Read Article

March 27, 2013
Robert A. Sedler talked with Craig Fahle on WDET about the Supreme Court case on gay marriage and California's Proposition 8.

Read Article

March 15, 2013
Robert A. Sedler was interviewed during Paul W. Smith's show on WJR-Radio. He discussed the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases involving same-sex marriage and their impact on the challenge to Michigan's ban on same sex marriage. He said the Court could hold that there is no constitutional right to same-sex marriage, that there is a constitutional right to same sex-marriage, so that laws like Michigan's ban on same sex marriage are unconstitutional, or it could simply decide the cases before it. Later that morning Sedler did an interview with Jorge Avellan of TV 20 for the evening news on the emergency financial manager in Detroit. He said that since the earlier law was set aside on a referendum, in order for the new law to be constitutional, it had to be substantially different and less sweeping than the older law. Sedler also discussed possible constitutional questions that would arise if the emergency financial manager abrogated existing collective bargaining agreements or effectively set aside existing Detroit ordinances. He emphasized that local governments are creatures of the state, so that the state can regulate them, but also has responsibility for them, particularly Detroit, which is the most important city in the state. (links not available)


February 13, 2013
Robert A. Sedler was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Clampdown on man's Facebook page raises free-speech worries in McDonald's halal case."

Read Article

January 24, 2013
Robert A. Sedler spoke with Craig Fahle on WDET-FM radio in a discussion titled "Gun exemption law in Michigan."

Read Article

Advocating for justice, serving the community, revitalizing Detroit and Michigan