Justin Long

Justin Long

Associate Professor of Law

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Curriculum Vitae


Justin Long


Associate Professor Justin R. Long studies state constitutionalism, public education law, urban law, and federalism. He is the associate director for education law and policy of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, and regularly works with civil rights activists in the community. He served as reporter for the Michigan Judicial Selection Task Force, a citizens' commission working to reform Michigan's process for selecting supreme court justices. He lives in Detroit.

Before coming to Wayne State, Long was a visiting assistant professor of law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. He practiced as an assistant solicitor general in the New York Office of the Attorney General and clerked for both Myron H. Bright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and Associate Judge Albert M. Rosenblatt of the New York Court of Appeals.


Degrees and Certifications

J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
A.B., Harvard University

Courses Taught

State Constitutionalism

Civil Procedure

Law of the City: Detroit

Teaching Law in High School

Publications of Note

State Court Protection of Individual Constitutional Rights: State Constitutional Structures Affect Access to Civil Justice, 70 Rutgers U. L. Rev. 937 (2018)

State Constitutions are Slippery: A Reply to Professor Marshfield, 51 New Eng. L. Rev. 533 (2017) (essay)

Workplace Injuries as a Constitutional Law Issue, 69 Rutgers U. L. Rev.1265 (2017) (symposium remarks)

Guns, Gays, and Ganja, 69 Ark. L. Rev. 453 (2016) (essay)

Democratic Education and Local School Governance, 50 Willamette L. Rev. 401
(2014) (invited article)

State Constitutional Prohibitions on Special Laws, 60 Clev. St. L. Rev. 719 (2012);
Constitutional Problem, 60 Wayne L. Rev. 69 (2014) (invited article)

Are State Constitutions Un-American?, 40 Rutgers L.J. 793 (2010);

Against Certification, 78 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 114 (2009);

Intermittent State Constitutionalism, 34 Pepperdine L. Rev. 41 (2006).



  • Justin Long

    was one of two featured faculty at the Pound Institute for Civil Justice's 2018 Judicial Forum, “State Constitutional Structure Affects Access to Civil Justice.” He spoke to 150 state appellate judges about the ways state constitutional power arrangements affect injured parties' access to a remedy in court.

In the news

  • Justin Long

    was quoted in a report for Bridge Magazine, “Michigan Supreme Court hears arguments on redistricting ballot measure.”

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  • Justin Long

    was quoted in a report for Bridge Magazine, “Bill Schuette asks Michigan Supreme Court to reject redistricting proposal.”

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