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Stephen J. Safranek, J.D.

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Stephen Safranek is general counsel for a national engineering and architectural firm. He has been a law professor at three Michigan law schools: the University of Detroit Mercy, Ave Maria School of Law, and Wayne State University. He specializes in contracts, constitutional law, and state and local government. Prior to teaching, Safranek was an associate at Latham and Watkins in Chicago and clerked for the Honorable Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Safranek is well-published in law reviews and has often been interviewed on local and national television regarding constitutional issues (CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS). He has also been invited to be a scholarly speaker at numerous events throughout the country, including the University of Colorado (Rothgerber Lecture), University of Idaho (Ethics Lecture), and Wayne State University. He is regarded as the nation's foremost practitioner and scholar on the initiative and referendum process having successfully authored over 50 initiatives that are part of state constitutions.

From Stephen J. Safranek, J.D.

Term Limits Are Constitutional

Michigan citizens voted in favor of term limits in 1992 but lawsuits may derail the referendum-if the courts choose to recraft the state's constitution. … more

Discrimination at Private Clubs in Michigan: Freedom of Association After Public Act 70

In recent years, a cherished American right, freedom of association, has come into conflict with laws designed to prevent discrimination by private organizations. Michigan's Public Act 70 of 1992 is one such law. Examining P.A. 70, as well as Michigan's famed Elliot-Larsen law, University of Detroit Law Professor Stephen J. Safranek finds that the act was unnecessary, misdirected, and economically harmful. Individual consumers of club services are the real losers. P.A. 70 is government intervention without regard to the right of private clubs to engage in freedom of association. 16 pages. … more