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Steve Huefner


Huefner Invested As Alumni Society Designated Professor of Law

October 21, 2015 | Faculty

On October 20, 2015, Professor Steven F. Huefner was invested as the Alumni Society Designated Professor of Law in a ceremony at the Barrister Club. Many of his current and former students, as well as his family and colleagues, were on hand to celebrate with him.

After an introduction by Dean and Edwin M. Cooperman Professor of Law Alan C. Michaels, Professor Huefner delivered a speech entitled “Studies in Democratic Governance.”

Huefner  specializes in democratic processes, including elections and voting in the U.S. and abroad, as well as legislative institutions and procedures. His primary teaching roles are in Legislation, Jurisprudence, and Law and Religion.

At Moritz, Professor Huefner also serves as director of Clinical Programs and the Legislation Clinic, which allows law students to participate directly in aspects of the Ohio legislative process and helps students to appreciate the importance of legislative lawyering as they develop their own skills in this arena. In addition, he currently serves as co-director of the Ohio State Democracy Studies Program, an interdisciplinary examination of the institutions and processes of American democracy, and since 2004 he has been a senior fellow with the nationally renowned Election Law @ Moritz program, a nonpartisan research, education, and outreach program.

From 2008 to 2010, Professor Huefner served as the Reporter for the Uniform Law Commission’s Drafting and Study Committees responsible for developing the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act. Since 2011, he has been serving as the Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute’s project on Principles of Election Law, and since 2013 he has been a member of the American Law Institute.

Before joining Moritz, Professor Huefner practiced law for five years in the Office of Senate Legal Counsel, United States Senate, and for two years in private practice at the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. He also clerked for Judge David S. Tatel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and for Justice Christine M. Durham of the Supreme Court of Utah.

Professor Huefner received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and he served as head articles editor for the Columbia Law Review. He received his A.B. in Philosophy and Government from Harvard College.

He has published a number of articles and one book, From Registration to Recounts: The Election Ecosystems of Five Midwestern States, which was co-authored with his Election Law @ Moritz colleagues. Selected publications by Professor Huefner include:

Steven F. Huefner & Edward B. Foley, The Judicialization of Politics: The Challenge of the ALI Principles of Election Law Project, 79 Brooklyn Law Review 551 (2014).

Steven F. Huefner, Lessons from Improvements in Military and Overseas Voting, 47 University of Richmond Law Review 833 (2013).


Steven F. Huefner, What Can The United States Learn From Abroad About Resolving Disputed Elections?, 13 NYU Journal of Legislation & Public Policy 523 (2010).

Steven F. Huefner, Don’t Just Make Redistricters More Accountable to the People, Make Them the People, 5 Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy 36 (2010).

Steven F. Huefner, Just How Settled Are the Legal Principles that Control Election Disputes? (book review), 8 Election Law Journal 233 (2009).

Steven F. Huefner, Congressional Searches and Seizures: The Place of Legislative Privilege, 24 Journal of Law & Politics 271 (2009).

Steven F. Huefner, Remedying Election Wrongs, 44 Harvard Journal on Legislation 265 (2007).

Steven F. Huefner, Term Limits in State Legislative Elections: Less Value for More Money?, 79 Indiana Law Journal 427 (2004).

Steven F. Huefner, The Neglected Value of the Legislative Privilege in State Legislatures, 45 William and Mary Law Review 221 (2003).