Bavaria, Saxony and Thuringia, three states with conservative governments, filed suit at the German Constitutional Court against the new law replacing the habilitation with the junior professor.  The Court concurred with their argument that the Bundestag (the federal parliament) cannot pass such a law, because the German constitution explicitly states that affairs of education are the sole responsibility of the states and declared the law to be invalid in June 2004. In reaction, a new federal law was passed, giving the states more freedom regarding habilitations and junior professors. The junior professor has since been legally established in all states, but it is still possible—and encouraged—for an academic career in many subjects in Germany to pursue a habilitation.
Dr. Margaret Halinski is a New York State licensed Audiologist who is Board Certified in Audiology by the American Board of Audiology. She graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL with a Doctor of Audiology degree. Her dissertation was on "Cochlear Inhibition in Musicians and Non-musicians" for which she received the 2014 SIRCA award from the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dr. Halinski also received a Master of Music degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and is certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Margaret's interests in audiology include the pediatric population, central auditory processing evaluations, auditory brainstem response testing, and hearing conservation. In addition, Margaret plays saxophone, clarinet, flute, and oboe and has performed for many theaters in the Chicago area as well as playing for the Chicago Bulls.