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The Amicus Machine, Allison Orr Larsen, Neal Devins Dec 2016

The Amicus Machine, Allison Orr Larsen, Neal Devins

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The Supreme Court receives a record number of amicus curiae briefs and cites to them with increasing regularity. Amicus briefs have also become influential in determining which cases the Court will hear. It thus becomes important to ask: Where do these briefs come from? The traditional tale describes amicus briefs as the product of interest-group lobbying. But that story is incomplete and outdated. Today, skilled and specialized advocates of the Supreme Court Bar strategize about what issues the Court should hear and from whom they should hear them. They then “wrangle” the necessary amici and “whisper” to coordinate the message ...


The Intellectual Property Hostage In Trade Retaliation, Sarah R. Wasserman Rajec Dec 2016

The Intellectual Property Hostage In Trade Retaliation, Sarah R. Wasserman Rajec

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Intellectual property law has become bound up in a debate about appropriate remedies for violations of the World Trade Organization Agreement. As an alternative to traditional countermeasures that consist of retaliation under the violated agreement, the World Trade Organization ("WTO ") contemplates that violations of one of its covered agreements may be remedied through "cross-retaliation, " or retaliation under another agreement. One form of cross-retaliation has garnered interest in recent years: the threat to suspend intellectual property rights in response to unrelated trade violations

Cross-retaliation through intellectual property rights suspension is theoretically appealing for its potential to avoid problems inherent in traditional ...


The Dynamic Relationship Between Freedom Of Speech And Equality, Timothy Zick Dec 2016

The Dynamic Relationship Between Freedom Of Speech And Equality, Timothy Zick

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This Article examines the dynamic intersection between freedom of speech and equal protection, with a particular focus on the race and LGBT equality movements. Unlike other works on expression and/or equality, the Article emphasizes the relational and bi-directional connections between freedom of speech and equal protection. Freedom of speech has played a critical role in terms of advancing constitutional equality. However, with regard to both race and LGBT equality, free speech rights also failed in important respects to facilitate equality claims and movements. Advocacy and agitation on behalf of equality rights have also left indelible positive and negative marks ...


Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due: Reducing Inequality With A Progressive State Tax Credit, Eric Kades Dec 2016

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due: Reducing Inequality With A Progressive State Tax Credit, Eric Kades

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No abstract provided.


Intrapreneurship, Darian M. Ibrahim Dec 2016

Intrapreneurship, Darian M. Ibrahim

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This Article on “intrapreneurship” has several goals. First, it points out that while much of the legal literature on innovation is concerned with startups (entrepreneurship), the innovation that takes place inside our largest corporations (intrapreneurship) is substantial, important, and understudied. Second, the Article observes that while large technology corporations that used to be startups may remain intrapreneurial in culture, intrapreneurship is less common in the aggregate than we might expect. Reasons include organizational bureaucracy, laws favoring entrepreneurship, and what Clayton Christensen (Harvard Business School) calls “the innovator’s dilemma.” The innovator’s dilemma is, put simply, that good management causes ...


An All-Volunteer Force: Law Students And Pro Bono Lawyers Helping Veterans, Patricia E. Roberts Dec 2016

An All-Volunteer Force: Law Students And Pro Bono Lawyers Helping Veterans, Patricia E. Roberts

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No abstract provided.


Keeping The Promise Of Public Fiduciary Theory: A Reply To Leib And Galoob, Evan J. Criddle, Evan Fox-Decent Nov 2016

Keeping The Promise Of Public Fiduciary Theory: A Reply To Leib And Galoob, Evan J. Criddle, Evan Fox-Decent

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No abstract provided.


The Constitution Of Agency Statutory Interpretation, Evan J. Criddle Nov 2016

The Constitution Of Agency Statutory Interpretation, Evan J. Criddle

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No abstract provided.


Adulthood In Law And Culture, Vivian E. Hamilton Nov 2016

Adulthood In Law And Culture, Vivian E. Hamilton

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Young people today come of age in a cultural and economic milieu that prolongs their attainment of the traditional markers of adulthood. Their subjective conceptions of the transition to adulthood also depart radically from the traditional conception, with its emphasis on discrete transition events (including marriage and entry into the workforce). Instead, the modern transition to adulthood is a gradual process comprising the acquisition of general capabilities, rather than the achievement of externally constructed events. The state-established age of legal majority stands in marked contrast to this gradual and prolonged process. Not only does it categorically establish the inception of ...


Coercive Insurance And The Soul Of Tort Law, Alexander Lemann Nov 2016

Coercive Insurance And The Soul Of Tort Law, Alexander Lemann

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Scholars have long accepted the idea that there are alternatives to the tort system, particularly insurance, that are better at compensating victims than tort law. Tort law remains necessary, it has been assumed, because insurance lacks the ability to deter conduct that causes harm, and indeed it sometimes creates a moral hazard that increases incentives to engage in risky conduct. Scholars of insurance law, however, have observed that insurance has at its disposal a variety of tools that can help deter risky conduct. Recent technological developments lend dramatic support to this account. New telematics devices being used in automobiles can ...


Ptsd, Tbi, And Oth Discharges: A Case Study Of A Young Service Member, Patricia E. Roberts Oct 2016

Ptsd, Tbi, And Oth Discharges: A Case Study Of A Young Service Member, Patricia E. Roberts

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No abstract provided.


The Death Knell For The Death Penalty And The Significance Of Global Realism To Its Abolition From Glossip V. Gross To Brumfield V. Cain, Linda A. Malone Oct 2016

The Death Knell For The Death Penalty And The Significance Of Global Realism To Its Abolition From Glossip V. Gross To Brumfield V. Cain, Linda A. Malone

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The Supreme Court’s jurisprudence regarding the death penalty, whether or not cruel, has most certainly been unusual in the annals of criminal punishment. In the short span of four years, the Court foreclosed and then reopened this form of punishment in Furman v. Georgia and Gregg v. Georgia. One year later the Court would categorically exclude the punishment for the rape of an adult. Five years later the Court would again preclude the punishment, for any defendant convicted of felony-murder who did not participate or share in the homicidal act or intent. In 1986 the Court would struggle with ...


Reader Privacy In Digital Library Collaborations: Signs Of Commitment, Opportunities For Improvement, Anne Klinefelter Oct 2016

Reader Privacy In Digital Library Collaborations: Signs Of Commitment, Opportunities For Improvement, Anne Klinefelter

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Libraries collaborate to digitize collections large and small in order to provide information with fewer geographical, temporal, or socio-economic barriers. These collaborations promise economy of scale and breadth of impact, both for access to content and for preservation of decaying print source material. Some suggest this increased access to information through the digital environment comes at the expense of reader privacy, a value that United States librarians have advanced for nearly eighty years. Multiplying risks to digital reader privacy are said to weaken librarians’ commitment to privacy of library use and to overwhelm libraries’ ability to ensure confidential access to ...


Consolidating Local Criminal Justice: Should Prosecutors Control The Jails?, Adam M. Gershowitz Oct 2016

Consolidating Local Criminal Justice: Should Prosecutors Control The Jails?, Adam M. Gershowitz

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No abstract provided.


Inter Partes Review: Current Thinking On What, When, Why, And How Much, Brian Love Sep 2016

Inter Partes Review: Current Thinking On What, When, Why, And How Much, Brian Love

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Slide deck from a presentation as part of the Merchant & Gould's CLE program on Inter Partes Review.


Predictably Expensive: A Critical Look At Patent Litigation In The Eastern District Of Texas, Brian Love Sep 2016

Predictably Expensive: A Critical Look At Patent Litigation In The Eastern District Of Texas, Brian Love

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In this Essay, we compare U.S. patent litigation across districts and consider possible explanations for the Eastern District of Texas’s popularity with patent plaintiffs. Rather than any one explanation, we conclude that what makes the Eastern District so attractive to patent plaintiffs is the accumulated effect of several marginal advantages — particularly with respect to the relative timing of discovery deadlines, transfer decisions, and claim construction — that make it predictably expensive for accused infringers to defend patent suits filed in East Texas. These findings tend to support ongoing efforts to pass patent reform legislation that would presumptively stay discovery ...


Destination-Based Taxation In The House Republican Blueprint, Wei Cui Sep 2016

Destination-Based Taxation In The House Republican Blueprint, Wei Cui

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The House Republican Task Force on Tax Reform released its Blueprint for tax reform in June 2016, at the center of which is a destination-based cash-flow tax (DBCFT) to replace the current federal income tax on corporations. The House GOP Blueprint represents the first time that the DBCFT has been promoted by political leaders. Initial commentators have stressed the capacity of such a tax (if adopted in the U.S.) to reduce U.S. companies’ incentives for international tax planning and profit shifting, and to allow the U.S. to “leapfrog to the front of the pack” in its tax ...


Brief For Amici Curiae Law Professors In Support Of Petitioners, In Re Jevic (Czyzewski V. Jevic Holding Corp.), Melissa B. Jacoby, Jonathan C. Lipson Sep 2016

Brief For Amici Curiae Law Professors In Support Of Petitioners, In Re Jevic (Czyzewski V. Jevic Holding Corp.), Melissa B. Jacoby, Jonathan C. Lipson

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Question Presented:

Whether a bankruptcy court may approve a contested settlement agreement that distributes assets in violation of the Bankruptcy Code’s statutory priority rules and that departs from long-held absolute priority principles underlying the American bankruptcy system.


Religious Schooling And Homeschooling Before And After Hobby Lobby, James G. Dwyer Sep 2016

Religious Schooling And Homeschooling Before And After Hobby Lobby, James G. Dwyer

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The most serious incursions on religious liberty in America today are being inflicted on children by parents and private school operators through power the State has given them. This Article examines the potential effect of the Court’s Hobby Lobby decision on interpreting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”) on both federal and state levels, detailing why the Court’s decision is irrelevant to addressing the incursions on liberty experienced by children subject to religious and home schooling.

Ultimately, the Article finds that home schools and private schools are unfazed by the Hobby Lobby decision in their capacities as employers ...


Information-Dissemination Law: The Regulation Of How Market-Moving Information Is Revealed, Kevin S. Haeberle, M. Todd Henderson Sep 2016

Information-Dissemination Law: The Regulation Of How Market-Moving Information Is Revealed, Kevin S. Haeberle, M. Todd Henderson

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No abstract provided.


Writing Tenure Review Letters, Eric Goldman Sep 2016

Writing Tenure Review Letters, Eric Goldman

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Tenure review letters are a crucial part of the tenure process, but academic communities don’t often discuss how to write them. This essay offers my top 10 suggestions for how to conceptualize and write helpful tenure review letters.


Comparative Patent Quality, Colleen Chien Sep 2016

Comparative Patent Quality, Colleen Chien

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One of the most urgent problems with the US patent system is that there are too many patents of poor quality. Most blame the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) – its mistakes, overly generous grant rate, and lack of consistency. But, the quality and quantity of patents in force is the product of three sets of decisions: to submit an application of certain quality (by the applicant), to grant the patent (by the patent office), and to renew a patent and keep it in force (by the applicant/patentee). Startling, there is no consensus way to measure patent quality. This ...


Recalibrarting Patent Venue, Colleen V. Chien, Michael Risch Sep 2016

Recalibrarting Patent Venue, Colleen V. Chien, Michael Risch

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For most of patent law’s 200-year plus history, the rule has been that patentholders are permitted to sue defendants only in the district they inhabit. In 1990, the Federal Circuit changed this by enlarging the scope of permissible venue to all districts with personal jurisdiction over the defendant. Since then, patentees have flocked to fewer districts, and in 2015, brought more than 40% of their cases in a single rural district with 1% of the US population, the Eastern District of Texas. Fueled in particular by concerns that non-practicing entities (NPEs), who bring the majority of cases in the ...


The Misidentification Of Children With Disabilities: A Harm With No Foul, Claire Raj Jul 2016

The Misidentification Of Children With Disabilities: A Harm With No Foul, Claire Raj

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Special education, despite being a uniform federal mandate, is often implemented drastically differently depending on the school system delivering services, the particular category of disability, and the race or ethnicity of students. Affluent white children who attend well-managed school districts tend to benefit from special education services. In the under-funded and over-tasked districts where most minorities attend school, the special education system does not always provide the same benefits. In these schools, special education, too often, operates as a dumping ground for those students the general education system cannot or refuses to serve. In these instances, the label of “special ...


The Hague Convention On The Civil Aspects Of International Child Abduction And The Latent Domestic Relations Exception To Federal Question Jurisdiction, Sam F. Halabi Jul 2016

The Hague Convention On The Civil Aspects Of International Child Abduction And The Latent Domestic Relations Exception To Federal Question Jurisdiction, Sam F. Halabi

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This article explores the discrepancy in the law of federal jurisdiction as it has developed under the Hague Child Abduction Convention. In contrast to return claims where the remedy is discrete, finite, and closely tied to fundamental international obligations under the treaty, orders to enforce access rights are, or would be, amorphous, ongoing, and subject to other administrative structures codified in the convention as well as, in the U.S. system, adding responsibilities for federal judges more generally associated with those undertaken by state judges. Even in the one federal appellate decision that explicitly acknowledged a judicially enforceable right to ...


References To Television Programming In Judicial Opinions And Lawyers’ Advocacy, Douglas E. Abrams Jul 2016

References To Television Programming In Judicial Opinions And Lawyers’ Advocacy, Douglas E. Abrams

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"Think of the poor judge who is reading ... hundreds and hundreds of these briefs," says Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. "Liven their life up just a little bit. . . with something interesting." Lawyers can "liven up" their briefs with references to television shows generally known to Americans who have grown up watching the small screen. After discussing television's pervasive effect on American culture since the early 1950s, this Article surveys the array of television references that appear in federal and state judicial opinions. In cases with no claims or defenses concerning the television industry, judges often help explain substantive ...


Post-Trial Pleas Bargaining In Capital Cases: Using Conditional Commutations To Remove Weak Cases From Death Row, Adam M. Gershowitz Jul 2016

Post-Trial Pleas Bargaining In Capital Cases: Using Conditional Commutations To Remove Weak Cases From Death Row, Adam M. Gershowitz

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Plea bargaining accounts for over ninety percent of criminal convictions and it dominates the American criminal justice system. Yet, once a defendant is convicted, bargaining almost completely disappears from the system. Even though years of litigation are on the horizon, there is nearly no bargaining in the appellate and habeas corpus process. There are two reasons for this. First, prosecutors and courts typically lack the power to alter a sentence that has already been imposed. Second, even if prosecutors had the authority to negotiate following a conviction, they would have little incentive to do so. Affirmance rates in ordinary criminal ...


Randomly Distributed Trial Court Justice: A Case Study And Siren From The Consumer Bankruptcy World, Gary G. Neustadter Jul 2016

Randomly Distributed Trial Court Justice: A Case Study And Siren From The Consumer Bankruptcy World, Gary G. Neustadter

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Between February 24, 2010 and April 23, 2012, Heritage Pacific Financial, L.L.C. (“Heritage”), a debt buyer, mass produced and filed 218 essentially identical adversary proceedings in California bankruptcy courts against makers of promissory notes who had filed Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy petitions. Each complaint alleged Heritage's acquisition of the notes in the secondary market and alleged the outstanding obligations on the notes to be nondischargeable under the Bankruptcy Code’s fraud exception to the bankruptcy discharge. The notes evidenced loans to California residents, made in 2005 and 2006, which helped finance the purchase, refinancing, or ...


Tiers Of Scrutiny In A Hierarchical Judiciary, Tara Leigh Grove Jul 2016

Tiers Of Scrutiny In A Hierarchical Judiciary, Tara Leigh Grove

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No abstract provided.


Arbitrating Ballot Battles, Rebecca Green Jul 2016

Arbitrating Ballot Battles, Rebecca Green

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No abstract provided.