Professor Richard L. Aynes earned Bachelor and Juris Doctor degrees from Miami
University and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law before joining The University of Akron
School of Law in 1976 as coordinator of the Appellate Review Office and a lecturer. He
was Associate Dean from 1984 – 1993 and has held the rank of Professor since 1986. He
served as UA’s interim athletics director in 1993-94 and returned to Akron Law where he
held the John F. Seiberling Chair of Constitutional Law for the balance of 1994.
Professor Aynes was appointed Dean of Akron Law in 1995, a position he held through 2007.
In spring 2008 he returned to the faculty as holder the John F. Seiberling Chair of Law
and Director of the Constitutional Law Center. His research and teaching interests
include constitutional law, the 14th Amendment and legal history. He has written numerous
articles in the area of Constitutional Law including articles published in the Yale Law
Journal, the Journal of Southern Legal History, the Chicago Kent Law Review and the
Catholic University Law Review. Professor Aynes has been admitted to the bar for the U.S.
Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and U.S. District Court
for Northern Ohio. Among his current and past memberships are the American Bar
Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Akron Bar Association, Western Reserve Legal
Services (Board of Trustees), ABA Special Committee of Evaluation of Judicial Performance
(reporter), and consultant to the ABA Victim's Committee, Ohio Supreme Court Racial
Fairness Implementation Committee, Ohio Supreme Court Continuing Legal Education
Committee and Scanlon Inn of Court. 

Articles

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Akron Law School: The Early History of the University of Akron School of Law: 1921-1959 (with Margaret E. Matejkovic), Akron Law Review (2012)

This manuscript contains an initial history of the Akron Law School (1921-1959) the predecessor of...

 

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McDonald v. Chicago, Self-Defense, the Right to Bear Arms, and the Future, Akron Journal of Constitutional Law and Policy (2011)

This article examines the opinion of the Court in McDonald v. Chicago and its implications...

 

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Kate Chase, the "Sphere of Women's Work," and Her Influence Upon Her Father's Dissent in Bradwell v. Illinois, Ohio History (2010)

Kate Chase was said to be the most beautiful and the most intelligent woman of...

 

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Enforcing the Bill of Rights Against the States: The History and the Future, Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues (2010)

This article traces, in broad strokes, the history of the disputes about whether or not...

 

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McDonald v. Chicago, the Fourteenth Amendment, the Right to Bear Arms and the Right of Self-Defense, Cardozo Law Review, de●novo (2010)

The Supreme Court of the United States has granted certiorari in the case of McDonald...

 

Books

Contributions to Books

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The 39th Congress and the Fourteenth Amendment, Infinite Hope and Finite Disappointment: The First Interpreters of the Fourteenth Amendment (2011)
 

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John Bingham, Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (2009)
 

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Leo Albert Jackson, African American National Biography (2008)
 

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Missouri Compromise, Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (2008)
 

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Secession, Stove v. Mississippi 101 U.S. 814 (1880), Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (2008)

Two articles published in volume 4:

1. Secession, 352-354

2. Stone v. Mississippi, 101 U.S....

 

Other Works

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Book Review: Heather Cox Richardson, The Death of Reconstruction, The Historian (2006)

Reviewing Heather Cox Richardson, The Death of Reconstruction: Race, Labor, and Politics in the Post-Civil...

 

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Book Review: Pamela Brandwein, Reconstructing Reconstruction, The Supreme Court and the Production of Historical Truth, American Journal of Legal History (2001)

Reviewing Pamela Brandwein, Reconstructing Reconstruction: The Supreme Court and the Production of Historical Truth (Duke...

 

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Book Review: Akhil Amar, the Bill of Rights, and the Seven Deadly Sins of Legal Scholarship, William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal (2000)

The publication of The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction by one of the nation's...

 

Book Review: Wayne D. Moore, Constitutional Rights and Power of the People, The Historian (1998)

Reviewing Wayne D. Moore, Constitutional Rights and Power of the People (Princeton University Press 1996).

 

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Book Review: Stephen L. Wasby, Race Relations Litigation in an Age of Complexity, American Journal of Legal History (1997)

Reviewing Stephen L. Wasby, Race Relations Litigation in an Age of Complexity (University Press of...

 

Essays