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About Hans Hacker

Dr. Hans J. Hacker serves as pre-law advisor to the department, college and university. He is the faculty co-sponsor of the ASU Pre-Law Club, co-director of the Pre-Law Center, and Coach of the ASU Moot Court Team. He is the author of The Culture of Conservative Christian Litigation (Roman and Littlefield, 2005), The Neutrality Principle: The Hidden yet Powerful Legal Axiom at work in Brown versus Board of Education (with William D. Blake, The African American Law and Policy Report , May, 2006) and of various articles and publications in the areas of constitutional law, law and society and public administration. Dr. Hacker is currently researching appellate judges' decisions to dissent within institutional contexts. B.A., The University of North Texas M.A., Ohio State University Ph.D., Ohio State University
22 Feb, 2013

Who Says Judges Can’t Be Funny?

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This has to be the single most brilliant opinion I’ve ever read. Judge Jeffrey Sutton proceeds to eviscerate the Memphis Police Department and a district court judge who has annoyed me (in fairness, judges probably annoy every lawyer when they rule against that lawyer – it doesn’t mean that the judge is stupid or even wrong). I have tremendous respect for the district court judge in this case, but I have to admit that seeing him get jerked up short by the Sixth Circuit gave me a delicious sense of schadenfreude, seeing how he’s wagged his finger at me before.

And don’t get me wrong; being declared to be wrong by two circuit judges (okay, a circuit judge and a district judge sitting by designation) isn’t a big deal. But the opinion Judge Sutton wrote is hilarious, and you should read it too.

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3 May, 2011

God Save the Queen: The Canadian Experience with Judicial Review

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“If the will of the Queen in Parliament is already being constrained by a group of European lawyers sitting in Strasbourg, . . . then Parliamentary sovereignty is a waning idea.” – Tom Ginsburg

 I felt I might begin my tenure as a regular contributor to the Cocklebur blog with an exposition of the connections between Mississippi Delta Bluesman Terry “Harmonica” Bean and regional inequalities. But, then (as I did that time I felt I should attend law school) I lay down until the feeling went away.

 Instead, I think I will start with a description of something presently on my research agenda – comparative constitutionalism. This week I attended the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association in San Antonio, Texas where, along with my friend and co-author William Blake, I presented a paper on the Canadian experience with judicial review. It was my first foray into the field, and we met with some success. […]

7 Apr, 2011

New Blogger Hans Hacker

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A few months ago we were fortunate enough to have Arkansas State University Professor Hans Hacker join us as a guest blogger for this post. We are now even more lucky, because Hans will be joining us on a full-time basis and provide us with the political scientist perspective currently lacking on many legal blogs. […]