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Charles Adside

Charles  Adside III
  • Instructor
  • Instructor - Fixed-Term
  • Case Hall
  • 842 Chestnut Rd
  • East Lansing, MI 48825


Charles Adside III is a licensed Michigan attorney and constitutional law scholar. He teaches courses on the American Presidency and U.S. Constitutional Law.

In 2006, he graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a Bachelor of Arts, concentrating in political science

Five years later, Adside received his juris doctorate from the Michigan State University College of Law. There, he was a teaching and research assistant for a constitutional law professor. He was awarded the Most Distinguished Student Award in 2008 and 2010, becoming the only student to receive that award twice. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor for the Research, Writing, & Advocacy Department at the MSU College of Law.

Adside is published nine times on an array of topics, ranging from electronic communication to higher education reform and executive power. In fact, his article, “The Innocent Villain” is cited in a petition for a Writ for Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court in Commonwealth v. Carter.

For 6 years, Adside served as legal counsel for the Michigan Great Lakes Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, Church of God in Christ, Inc. That organization represents over 15 churches in the state.


Adside, Charles III. “The Establishment Clause Forbids Coercion Not Cooperation Between Church and State: How the Direct Coercion Test Should Replace the Lemon Test.” 95 N.D. L. Rev. 533 (2020). 

Adside, Charles III. “Shutting Down Speech 101: Saving Campus Free Speech from the Heckler's Veto and the Speech Gerrymander.” 34 B.Y.U. J. Pub. L. 217 (2020).

Adside, Charles III. “It’s A Blowhorn, Not A Dog-Whistle: How President Trump’s Travel Ban Orders, Not His Statements, Are Enough To Establish A Violation Under the Religion Clauses.” 47 Hastings Const. L.Q. 267 (2020).

Adside, Charles III. “The Innocent Villain: Involuntary Manslaughter by Text.” 52 U. Mich. J. L. Reform 731 (2019).

Adside, Charles III. “The Caitlyn Dilemma, Transgender Bathroom Access and Unavoidable Constitutional Difficulties.” 37 Quinnipiac L. Rev. 457 (2019).

Adside, Charles III. “Undue Schizophrenia: Split Decisions, Confused Scholars, and Reversing Unworkable Abortion Precedent”. 54 Willamette L Rev. 219 (2018).

Adside, Charles III. “Constitutional Damage Control: Same-Sex Marriage, Smith’s Hybrid-Rights Doctrine and Protecting the Preacher Man After Obergefell.” 27 Geo. Mason U. C.R.L.J. 145 (2017).

Adside, Charles III. “Replay That Tune: Defending Bakke on Stare Decisis Grounds.” 64 Clev. St. L. Rev. 519 (2016).

Mae Kuykendall and Charles Adside III. “Unmuting the Volume: Fisher, Affirmative Action Jurisprudence, and the Legacy of Racial Silence.” 22 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 1011 (2014).