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Charles Adside

Charles  Adside
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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.

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 Writ for Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court in Commonwealth v. Carter

Currently, Adside serves 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. 


  • Charles Adside, 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)
  •  Charles Adside, 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). 
  •  Charles Adside, 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).
  • Charles Adside, III,  The Innocent Villain: Involuntary Manslaughter by Text, 52 U. Mich. J. L. Reform 731 (2019).
  • Charles Adside, III, The Caitlyn Dilemma, Transgender Bathroom Access and Unavoidable Constitutional Difficulties, 37 Quinnipiac L. Rev. 457 (2019).
  • ·Charles Adside, III, Undue Schizophrenia: Split Decisions, Confused Scholars, and Reversing   Unworkable Abortion Precedent, 54 Willamette L Rev. 219 (2018). 
  •  Charles Adside 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). 
  •  Charles Adside III, Replay That Tune: Defending Bakke on Stare Decisis Grounds, 64Clev. St. L. Rev.  519 (2016).
  • Mae Kuykendall & Charles Adside III, Unmuting the Volume: Fisher, Affirmative Action  Jurisprudence, and the Legacy of Racial Silence, 22 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 1011 (2014).