Richard Aynes
John F. Seiberling Chair of Constitutional Law and Director of the Constitutional Law Center

Summer 2012

  • Invited to write an occasional blog on ConSource, a “free online library of constitutional history” that “digitize[s] and cross-reference[s] source documents written by individuals who drafted, ratified, and influenced the creation of the U.S. Constitution and its Amendments.”

Spring 2012

  • Submitted a manuscript on the history of the Akron Law School (1921-1959), co-authored with Associate Dean Matejkovic, to the Akron Law Review.

Winter 2011-2012

  • Published “In Memoriam, Malina Coleman (1954-2009),” 44 Akron L. Rev. 617-620 (2011).
  • Published “Tribute, In Honor of McDowell Professor Emeritus Richard J. Kovach,” 44 Akron L. Rev. 1-3 (2011).
  • Published a tribute to the late Ned Oldham (’66) in Akron Law.
  • Co-authored, with Associate Dean Matejkovic, a tribute to the late Judge Sam Bell (’52) for the Akron Law Review.

Fall 2011

  • Presented a paper “Ohioans, Free Speech, and the Civil War” at the conference “Ohio Goes to War: The Sectional Crisis and the Fight for Freedom” held in Cleveland, Ohio. This program was jointly sponsored by the history departments of The University of Akron, Kent State University, Youngstown State University, and Cleveland State University.

Summer 2011

  • Published “McDonald v. Chicago, Self-Defense, The Right to Bear Arms, and the Future” in 2 Akron J. C. L. & P. 181 (2011).
  • Agreed to speak at the AALS Legal History Section program “Was Emancipation Legal: Reflections on the Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation” on the topic of “The Emancipation Proclamation: Precedent, Anticipation, and Ratification.”

Spring 2011

  • Spoke at the tribute to the late Judge Sam Bell (’52) attended by approximately 300 people. This meeting was convened by Chief Judge Solomon Oliver as a session of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
  • Presented “Rev. Titus Basfield: How a man held in slavery achieved freedom, obtained a college education, and affected the drafting of the Fourteenth Amendment” at the Celebration of Scholarship 2011.

Winter 2010-2011

  • Accepted an invitation from the Cuyahoga County Archives to give a presentation in their Civil War Lecture Series on the topic of John Bingham and the Civil War.
  • Gave a presentation on the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments of the U.S. Constitution to the Scanlon Inn of Court.

Summer 2010

  • Published “Kate Chase, the ‘Sphere of Women’s Work,’ and Her Influence Upon Her Father’s Dissent in Bradwell v. Illinois,” 31 Ohio History 31-49 (August 2010).
  • Posted a blog, “McDonald v. Chicago: The Blockbuster of the 2009 Term?,” on and Akron Law Café.

Spring 2010

  • Received the inaugural “Faculty Scholar of the Year Award” for 2010.
  • Published “Enforcing the Bill of Rights Against the States: The History and the Future,” 18 J. Contemp. Legal Issues 77-152 (2009).
  • Invited to serve on the panel of academic contributors for the next edition of BLACK’S LAW DICTIONARY.

Winter 2009-2010

  • Published “McDonald v. Chicago, the Fourteenth Amendment, the Right to Bear Arms, and the Right of Self-Defense,” 2010 Cardozo L. Rev. de novo 170.  Though de novo is generally an exclusively on-line journal, they reprinted this article in a special print edition of the symposium.
  • Agreed to serve as a moderator of “Open Records Give Reports Open Access” as part of the CLE “Bright Ideas for Government Transparency: A Sunshine Law Update.”