Robert Sedler

Robert Sedler

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Robert Sedler

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.

Degrees and Certifications

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

Courses Taught

Constitutional Law
Conflict of Laws

Selected Publications

Integration and Equal Educational Opportunity in the ‘Post Racial' Era, Reclaiming Integration and the Language of Race in the "Post-Racial" Era (2015).

Understanding the Establishment Clause: A Revisit, 59 Wayne Law Review 589 (2014).

The “Law of the First Amendment” Revisited, 58 Wayne Law Review 1003 (2013), Symposium in Wayne Law Review, “Special Issue in Honor of Robert A. Sedler and the Law of the First Amendment, with contributions by Professors Joel M. Gora, James Weinstein, and Kevin W. Saunders.

Separation of Church and State, Neutrality and Religious Freedom in American Constitutional Law, Oxford Forum on Public Policy online
Vol. 2013, no. 2.

Self-Censorship and the First Amendment, Symposium Issue on Censorship and the Media, 25 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public
Policy 13 (2011).

Religion, Politics and American Foreign Policy in the Middle East, Oxford Forum on Public Policy online Vol. 2011, no.3.

The Constitution and the American Federal System, 55 Wayne Law Review 1487, 2009.

The Constitution, the Courts, and the Common Law, 53 Wayne Law Review 153, 2007.

The Protection of Religious Freedom Under the American Constitution, 53 Wayne Law Review 817, 2007.

The Louisville-Jefferson County School Desegregation Case: A Lawyer’s 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 Lawyer’s 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) 

Publications and Conference Papers

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Books

  • Constitutional Law in the United States (Kluwer Law International) 2014 second edition

    “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.”

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  • 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. (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.

Accomplishments

  • Robert Sedler

    was a speaker at the State Bar of Michigan’s Legal Milestone #41 dedication, entitled “First to Abolish the Death Penalty” on Nov. 6. He discussed the significance of the death penalty ban being in Michigan’s constitution.

  • Robert Sedler

    was a panelist at a WSU Presidential Sesquicentennial Symposium titled, “The Free Speech Century: One Hundred Years of the First Amendment,” on Oct. 25

  • Robert Sedler

    participated as a judge in the Soar Mock Trial on the Second Amendment at Adat Shalom Synagogue on Oct. 19.

  • Robert Sedler

    article on the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, which was originally published in The Conversation, was mentioned in the SCOTUS Blog Round-up.

  • Robert Sedler

    was a panelist at The University of Toledo College of Law for a discussion titled, "Alternative Facts, Fake News and the Role of the Media."

  • Robert Sedler

    presented "Our 18th Century Constitution, Congress, the President, and Our Two Party Political System" to Wayne State University's Society of Active Retirees (SOAR).

  • Robert Sedler

    presented "The Supreme Court and the American Constitutional System" for the Institute of Retired Professionals at Beth Shalom Synagogue in Oak Park.

  • Robert Sedler

    presented "The Constitution and Marriage Equality" to the Adult Learning Institute, an Elderhostel Project at Oakland Community College in Farmington Hills.

  • Robert Sedler

    presented "Our 18th Century Constitution, Congress, the President, and Our Two Party Political System" to the Society of Active Retirees (SOAR).

  • Robert Sedler

    spoke at Temple Emanu-El's "Bagels and Law" as part of its ongoing Sunday Morning Speakers Series.

  • Robert Sedler

    wrote an essay titled, "Integration and Equal Educational Opportunity in the ‘Post Racial' Era," that is included in the recently published book Reclaiming Integration and the Language of Race in the "Post-Racial" Era.

  • Robert Sedler

    spoke about the Constitution and marriage equality to a group at Birmingham NEXT, a non-profit organization for people over the age of 50 in Birmingham, Bingham Farms, Beverly Hills, Franklin and surrounding areas.

In the news

  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted in a report for Bridge Magazine, “Michigan Supreme Court up for grabs after 2018 election.”

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted in a report for the Detroit Free Press, “Trump plan to end birthright citizenship is ‘ridiculous,’ say experts.”

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted in a report for the Macomb Daily, “Local officials to debate Second Amendment at mock trial.”

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  • Robert Sedler

    was a guest on the Craig Fahle Show discussing the state of the U.S. Supreme Court following the addition of Justice Kavanaugh.

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted in a report for Huffington Post, “As More Cities Push For Paid Sick Leave, States Push Back.” 

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  • Robert Sedler

    wrote “‘Treason’ is now a popular word – here’s what it really means” for The Conversation. My Plainview (Texas), International Business Times also picked up the article.

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted in a report for the Detroit Free Press, “Michigan's OK of minimum wage hike, paid sick leave has a big catch.”

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted in a report for The Detroit News, “Michigan GOP lawmakers adopt minimum wage, sick leave plans with aim to amend.”

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted in a report for MLive, “Suggested end-run around Michigan ballot proposals unconstitutional, experts say.”

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  • Robert Sedler

    was a guest on The Craig Fahle Show exploring the topic of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s federal court suit saying that the Michigan no-fault law is unconstitutional.

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted in a report for the Detroit Legal News, “Michigan SCOTUS experts react to Trump’s nominee.” 

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  • Robert Sedler

    was a guest on The Craig Fahle Show discussing recent Michigan Supreme Court decisions.

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted in a report for The Detroit News, “Abortion re-emerges as wedge issue in Michigan governor's race.”

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted in a report for the Detroit Free Press, “Would abortion be legal in Michigan if Roe v. Wade were overturned?”

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  • Robert Sedler

    was a guest on WDET’s Detroit Today discussing the future of the Supreme Court and Roe v. Wade.

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted in a report for the Detroit Free Press, “Appeal planned in Detroit literacy lawsuit tossed by federal judge.”

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  • Robert Sedler

    was a guest on The Craig Fahle Show discussing the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the travel ban case.

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  • Robert Sedler

    wrote “Janus decision extends First Amendment ‘right of silence’” for The Conversation. 

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  • Robert Sedler

    spoke with WWJ-AM’s Ingrid Kelley about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement.

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  • Robert Sedler

    wrote “Trump could pardon himself from crimes committed while in office” for The Detroit News. 

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  • Robert Sedler

    wrote “Supreme Court hands victory to pro-life crisis pregnancy centers” for The Conversation. WTOP (Washington, D.C.) and the New Haven Register also picked up the article. 

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  • Robert Sedler

    was a guest on The Craig Fahle Show discussing the Supreme Court’s decision overturning a lower court ruling concerning Ohio’s policy of purging infrequent voters from its registration rolls.

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  • Robert Sedler

    was a guest on The Craig Fahle Show discussing presidential pardon, impeachment, and obstruction of justice.

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  • Robert Sedler

    was a guest on WJR-AM with Paul W. Smith discussing the Supreme Court decision involving a bakery, a cake and a gay couple.

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  • Robert Sedler

    was a guest on The Craig Fahle Show on New Radio Media to discuss the recent Supreme Court decision holding unconstitutional a federal law prohibiting the states from authorizing sports gambling.

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  • Robert Sedler

    wrote “Supreme Court to rule on your First Amendment right to silence” for The Conversation. The Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Connecticut Post and WTOP-FM also picked up the article, and it was mentioned in the SCOTUS blog round-up.

     

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  • Robert Sedler

    was a guest on The Craig Fahle Show on New Radio Media to discuss the Michigan Chamber of Commerce challenging a 2018 ballot initiative that aims to end gerrymandering.

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  • Robert Sedler

    was a guest on Bloomfield Community Television’s “Patriot Lessons.” He discussed the role of the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and the emoluments clause with host Judge Michael Warren.

  • Robert Sedler

    was a guest on the Voice of Islam radio station in London. He discussed demands that Muslim women who are arrested by the police remove the hijab for a police photo, and argued that requiring Muslim women to do this should be held to violate the free exercise clause.

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted in a report for the Detroit Free Press, “Gov. Rick Snyder asked to remove MSU President Lou Anna Simon.”

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted in a report for The Detroit News "Jacques: Free speech trumps fake news."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted in a report by Bridge Magazine, “Detroit is violent. But is constant video surveillance the answer?”

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  • Robert Sedler

    wrote “Abortion freedom of speech battle heading to the Supreme Court” for The Conversation. The Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and the Seattle Post Intelligencer also picked up the article.

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted in a report for the Detroit Free Press, “Legal battle looming over white supremacist Richard Spencer speaking at University of Michigan.” The Chicago Tribune also picked up the article.

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted in a report for the Detroit Free Press, “White supremacist Richard Spencer wants to speak at University of Michigan.”

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by the Detroit Free Press for its report, "White supremacist lawsuit against university: We don't cause violence; activists to blame."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by WZZM 13 ABC for its report, "MSU denies request from white supremacist group headed by Richard Spencer."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by MLive for its report, "What you need to know about free speech and MSU's rejection of white nationalist campus event."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by the Detroit Free Press for its report, "MSU says no space for Richard Spencer's white supremacist group to speak."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by the Lansing State Journal for its report, "MSU won't let white nationalist group speak on campus."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by The Christian Science Monitor for its report, "Michigan FGM case could test bounds of religious liberty."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted in Rochelle Riley's Detroit Free Press column, "Should it be harder to run for president?"

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by the Detroit Free Press for its report, "YouTube: Videos of controversial Dearborn cleric don't violate our guidelines."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by the Detroit Free Press for its report, "After signing law to shrink Court of Appeals, Snyder to add another judge."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was a guest on WWJ-AM to discuss Michael Flynn's refusal to testify.

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  • Robert Sedler

    was cited by The Detroit News for its report, "DeVos pushes for school reform at conference."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by USA Today for its report, "Religious defense planned in landmark Detroit genital mutilation case."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was a guest on WDET's Detroit Today discussing, "Defunding Planned Parenthood Unconstitutional, says Wayne State Law Professor."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was a guest on WDET's Detroit Today discussing, "Is Comey Firing a Constitutional Crisis?"

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  • Robert Sedler

    wrote, "Why GOP attack on Planned Parenthood is doomed," for the Detroit Free Press.

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by the Tribune-Review for its report, "Trump's executive order on religious freedom has limited effect."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by The Detroit News for its report, "Court weighs Catholic school rebuff of disabled student."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was a guest on WJR radio's Paul W. Smith Show, with substitute host Guy Gordon. Sedler discussed the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court.

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by NBC News for its report, "Trump Entry Ban on Sounder Legal Footing, Experts Say."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted in a report, "Is SCOTUS nominee Mr. Congeniality?" which was published in Michigan Lawyers Weekly and the Detroit Legal News.

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  • Robert Sedler

    was a guest on WDET's Detroit Today with host Stephen Henderson for a discussion titled, "Law Expert Talks Trump's 'So-Called Judge' Dust Up." 

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by Bloomberg BNA Health Care Daily Report for its report, "Gorsuch's Antipathy to Agency Rules May Boggle Health Industry."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by The Detroit News for its report, "Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by Macomb County Legal News for its report, "Awaiting Trump's impact, including court nominations."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by The Detroit News for its report, "DOJ files voting rights suit against Eastpointe."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by MLive for its report, "Bill to get Stein to cover all recount costs could be unconstitutional."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by the Detroit Free Press for its report, "Experts: Federal ruling ties hands of Michigan courts on recount."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by The Detroit News for its report, "GOP fights Mich. recount with federal appeal."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was cited in a Detroit Free Press column, "In search of IUDs: Life in Trump's America."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for its report, "PennDOT backtracks on denial of atheist's vanity plate request."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was a guest on WDET's Detroit Today discussing, "What Would Four More Years of SCOTUS Obstruction Mean For The Court And The Country?"

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by The Detroit News for its report, "Literacy lawsuit draws questions, call for investment."

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  • Robert Sedler

    wrote, "This election season, don't panic about Supreme Court," for the Detroit Free Press.

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by the Detroit Free Press for its report, "Detroit school lawsuit: Does U.S. Constitution guarantee literacy?"

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by the Detroit Free Press for its report, "Parents sue Snyder, saying Detroit students lack 'fighting chance'."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was cited by the Detroit Free Press for its report, "14 cities sue Michigan, say revenue-sharing math isn't right."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by The Detroit News for its report, "Schuette takes straight-ticket fight to Supreme Court."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted in a Detroit Free Press Column by Brian Dickerson. The column is titled, "Justice delayed, again, for Michigan's juvenile lifers."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by The Detroit News for its report, "Wayne courtroom signs raise concern over public access."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was interviewed on WDET-FM for its report, "Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion restrictions."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by The Detroit News for its report, "Michigan's gender id policy questioned."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was featured in the Macomb County Legal News. Sedler spoke to a group of Armenian leaders who were visiting Detroit through Congress' Open World Program.

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  • Robert Sedler

    is featured in the Detroit Legal News report, "Wayne Law professor presents to delegation from Armenia."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by the Detroit Free Press for its report, "Chalk writer kicked by DPS cop wants apology."

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  • Robert Sedler

    spoke with host Warren Pierce on WJR radio about the Constitution and gender identity.

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by The Detroit News for its report, "Flint crisis makes governor legal target."

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  • Robert Sedler

    wrote a guest column titled, "North Carolina ‘bathroom law' violates Constitution" for the Detroit Free Press.

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  • Robert Sedler

    was a guest on Bloomfield-Birmingham Community Cable's program, "Patriot Lessons," hosted by Oakland Circuit Judge Michael Warren. Sedler spoke about the Thirteenth Amendment and the Ninth Amendment.

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  • Robert Sedler

    spoke with a reporter at Michigan Lawyers Weekly for its report, "Hon. Merrick Garland, national man of mystery?"

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  • Robert Sedler

    was interviewed by Stephen Henderson on WDET. Sedler discussed U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland as a "moderate," and he also talked about the change in the balance on the Court with the death of Antonin Scalia, a conservative, who replaced Sandra Day O'Connor, a moderate.

  • Robert Sedler

    spoke with Warren Pierce on WJR and discussed the constitutional responsibility of the President and the Senate relative to nominating a new Supreme Court justice.

  • Robert Sedler

    was a guest on Paul W. Smith's morning radio program on WJR. He spoke about President Barack Obama's appointment of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

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  • Robert Sedler

    wrote a guest column for the Detroit Free Press about the Senate's responsibility in filling a vacancy in the Supreme Court of the United States.

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  • Robert Sedler

    appeared with Guy Gordon on WJR about the process of selecting a new Supreme Court justice to replace Antonin Scalia.

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  • Robert Sedler

    joined host Stephen Henderson on WDET's "Detroit Today" to discuss the sudden passing and the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

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  • Robert Sedler

    spoke with WJR's Warren Pierce about the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and the process of selecting another justice to sit on the court.

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  • Robert Sedler

    was cited in Jack Lessenberry's column titled, "Replacing Scalia" on Michigan Radio.

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  • Robert Sedler

    wrote about Flint's water crisis for the American Constitution Society blog. His post is titled, "The Structural Cause of the Flint Water Crisis: It's Not Race."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted in Jack Lessenberry's Politics & Prejudices column in Detroit Metro Times.

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted in The Detroit News for its report, "Class-action lawsuits filed over Flint water crisis."

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  • Robert Sedler

    wrote a guest commentary titled, "Disparaging trademarks and the First Amendment" for Jurist.

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by The Detroit Free Press for its report, "Ballot proposal expanding rights for LGBT faces turmoil."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was quoted by The Detroit News for its report, "Exiting chief judge Rosen: I'll miss living on edge."

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  • Robert Sedler

    was featured in The Detroit Legal News report, "Wayne Law professor's essay included in book on integration, race."

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  • Robert Sedler

    appeared on WJR's "Paul W. Smith" show, with guest host Guy Gordon, examining the constitutionality of Donald Trump's call to prohibit Muslims from entering the United States.

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  • Robert Sedler

    was interviewed by Stephen Henderson on WDET's Detroit Today for its report, "Trump, Obama and Muslims in America." Sedler provided expert opinion on whether Trump's proposal to bar all Muslims from entering the United States for a period of time is constitutional. 

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