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Rationing The Constitution: Beyond And Below, Aaron-Andrew P. Bruhl Sep 2019

Rationing The Constitution: Beyond And Below, Aaron-Andrew P. Bruhl

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The Supreme Court's Legitimacy Dilemma, Tara Leigh Grove Jun 2019

The Supreme Court's Legitimacy Dilemma, Tara Leigh Grove

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Government Standing And The Fallacy Of Institutional Injury, Tara Leigh Grove Feb 2019

Government Standing And The Fallacy Of Institutional Injury, Tara Leigh Grove

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A new brand of plaintiff has come to federal court. In cases involving the Affordable Care Act, the Defense of Marriage Act, and partisan gerrymandering, government institutions have brought suit to redress “institutional injuries”—that is, claims of harm to their constitutional powers or duties. Jurists and scholars are increasingly enthusiastic about these lawsuits, arguing (for example) that the Senate should have standing to protect its power to ratify treaties; that the House of Representatives may sue to preserve its role in the appropriations process; and that the President may go to court to vindicate his Article II prerogatives. This ...


Supreme Court Norms Of Impersonality, Allison Orr Larsen Oct 2018

Supreme Court Norms Of Impersonality, Allison Orr Larsen

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Constitutional Law In An Age Of Alternative Facts, Allison Orr Larsen May 2018

Constitutional Law In An Age Of Alternative Facts, Allison Orr Larsen

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Objective facts—while perhaps always elusive—are now an endangered species. A mix of digital speed, social media, fractured news, and party polarization has led to what some call a “post-truth” society: a culture where what is true matters less than what we want to be true. At the same moment in time when “alternative facts” reign supreme, we have also anchored our constitutional law in general observations about the way the world works. Do violent video games harm child brain development? Is voter fraud widespread? Is a “partial-birth abortion” ever medically necessary? Judicial pronouncements on questions like these are ...


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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The First Amendment And The World, Timothy Zick Jan 2016

The First Amendment And The World, Timothy Zick

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Article Iii In The Political Branches, Tara Leigh Grove Aug 2015

Article Iii In The Political Branches, Tara Leigh Grove

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In many separation of powers debates, scholars excavate the practices and constitutional interpretations of Congress and the executive branch in order to discern the scope of various constitutional provisions. I argue that similar attention to political branch practice is warranted in the Article III context. That is true, in large part because much of the constitutional history of the federal courts has been written not by the federal judiciary, but by the legislative and executive branches. To illustrate this point, this Essay focuses on the Exceptions Clause of Article III. The Supreme Court has said little about the meaning of ...


Same-Sex Cynicism And The Self-Defeating Pursuit Of Social Acceptance Through Litigation, James G. Dwyer Jan 2015

Same-Sex Cynicism And The Self-Defeating Pursuit Of Social Acceptance Through Litigation, James G. Dwyer

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Congress's (Limited) Power To Represent Itself In Court, Tara Leigh Grove, Neal Devins Mar 2014

Congress's (Limited) Power To Represent Itself In Court, Tara Leigh Grove, Neal Devins

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Scholars and jurists have long assumed that, when the executive branch declines to defend a federal statute, Congress may intervene in federal court to defend the law. When invalidating the Defense of Marriage Act, for example, no Supreme Court Justice challenged the authority of the House of Representatives to defend federal laws in at least some circumstances. At the same time, in recent litigation over the Fast and Furious gun-running case, the Department of Justice asserted that the House could not go to court to enforce a subpoena against the executive. In this Article, we seek to challenge both claims ...


The Resilience Of Property, Lynda L. Butler Dec 2013

The Resilience Of Property, Lynda L. Butler

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Resilience is essential to the ability of property to face transforming social and environmental change. For centuries, property has responded to such change through a dialectical process that identifies emerging disciplinary perspectives and debates conflicting values and norms. This dialectic promotes the resilience of property, allowing it to adapt to changing conditions and needs. Today the mainstream economic theory dominating common law property is progressively being intertwined with constitutionally protected property, undermining its long-term resilience. The coupling of the economic vision of ordinary property with constitutional property embeds the assumptions, choices, and values of the economic theory into both realms ...


The Normative & Historical Cases For Proportional Deportation, Angela M. Banks Jul 2013

The Normative & Historical Cases For Proportional Deportation, Angela M. Banks

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Is citizenship status a legitimate basis for allocating rights in the United States?

In immigration law the right to remain in the United States is significantly tied to citizenship status. Citizens have an absolutely secure right to remain in the United States regardless of their actions. Noncitizens’ right to remain is less secure because they can be deported if convicted of specific criminal offenses. This Article contends that citizenship is not a legitimate basis for allocating the right to remain. This Article offers normative and historical arguments for a right to remain for noncitizens. This right should be granted to ...


Property's Constitution, James Y. Stern Apr 2013

Property's Constitution, James Y. Stern

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Long-standing disagreements over the definition of property as a matter of legal theory present a special problem in constitutional law. The Due Process and Takings Clauses establish individual rights that can be asserted only if “property” is at stake. Yet the leading cases interpreting constitutional property doctrines have never managed to articulate a coherent general view of property, and in some instances have reached opposite conclusions about its meaning. Most notably, government benefits provided in the form of individual legal entitlements are considered “property” for purposes of due process but not takings doctrines, a conflict the cases acknowledge but do ...


Democratic Inclusion, Cognitive Development, And The Age Of Electoral Majority, Vivian E. Hamilton Jul 2012

Democratic Inclusion, Cognitive Development, And The Age Of Electoral Majority, Vivian E. Hamilton

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The Indefensible Duty To Defend, Neal Devins, Saikrishna B. Prakash Apr 2012

The Indefensible Duty To Defend, Neal Devins, Saikrishna B. Prakash

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Modern Justice Department opinions insist that the executive branch must enforce and defend laws. In the first article to systematically examine Department of Justice refusals to defend, we make four points. First, the duties to enforce and defend lack any sound basis in the Constitution. Hence, while President Obama is right to refuse to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, he is wrong to continue to enforce a law he believes is unconstitutional. Second, rather than being grounded in the Constitution, the duties are better explained by the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) desire to enhance its independence and status ...


An Anthem For Ows?, Timothy Zick Oct 2011

An Anthem For Ows?, Timothy Zick

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Ows, Discourse, And Narratives, Timothy Zick Oct 2011

Ows, Discourse, And Narratives, Timothy Zick

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Ows And The Constitution, Timothy Zick Oct 2011

Ows And The Constitution, Timothy Zick

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Our Exceptional Constitution, Timothy Zick Oct 2011

Our Exceptional Constitution, Timothy Zick

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Trans-Border Exclusion And Execution, Timothy Zick Oct 2011

Trans-Border Exclusion And Execution, Timothy Zick

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Same-Sex Marriage And The New Judicial Federalism: Why State Courts Should Not Consider Out-Of-State Backlash, Neal Devins Jan 2011

Same-Sex Marriage And The New Judicial Federalism: Why State Courts Should Not Consider Out-Of-State Backlash, Neal Devins

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Section 7: Individual Rights, Institute Of Bill Of Rights Law At The College Of William & Mary School Of Law Sep 2010

Section 7: Individual Rights, Institute Of Bill Of Rights Law At The College Of William & Mary School Of Law

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Balanced Budget Amendment Is Dangerous Gimmick, Not Solution, Nathan B. Oman Sep 2010

Balanced Budget Amendment Is Dangerous Gimmick, Not Solution, Nathan B. Oman

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Poll/Contest: What Shape Is The Constitution?, Aaron-Andrew P. Bruhl Feb 2010

Poll/Contest: What Shape Is The Constitution?, Aaron-Andrew P. Bruhl

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Clashing Visions Of A "Living" Constitution: Of Opportunists And Obligationists, William W. Van Alstyne Jan 2010

Clashing Visions Of A "Living" Constitution: Of Opportunists And Obligationists, William W. Van Alstyne

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Property As/And Constitutional Settlement, Timothy Zick Nov 2009

Property As/And Constitutional Settlement, Timothy Zick

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Displacement, Timothy Zick Nov 2009

Displacement, Timothy Zick

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Speech And The Identity Crisis, Timothy Zick Nov 2009

Speech And The Identity Crisis, Timothy Zick

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Section 5: Individual Rights, Institute Of Bill Of Rights Law At The College Of William & Mary School Of Law Oct 2009

Section 5: Individual Rights, Institute Of Bill Of Rights Law At The College Of William & Mary School Of Law

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Pole Dancing Reprise/Reprieve, Timothy Zick Oct 2008

Pole Dancing Reprise/Reprieve, Timothy Zick

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