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The Human Capital Management Movement In U.S. Corporate Law, George S. Georgiev Jan 2021

The Human Capital Management Movement In U.S. Corporate Law, George S. Georgiev

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Corporations cannot exist without workers, yet workers are not part of the formal or informal governance structures established by U.S. corporate law. Commentators and policymakers have bemoaned this state of affairs for decades, to little avail. Since the mid-2010s, however, a concept related to workers, human capital management (HCM), has become an increasingly prominent part of U.S. corporate governance. HCM is premised on the notion that workers can be viewed as “assets” and ought to be managed just as carefully as firms manage physical and capital assets. In practice, HCM is an expansive concept that has been used ...


Taking Charge Of Court-Martial Charges: The Important Role Of The Commander In The American Military Justice System, David A. Schlueter, Lisa M. Schenck Jan 2021

Taking Charge Of Court-Martial Charges: The Important Role Of The Commander In The American Military Justice System, David A. Schlueter, Lisa M. Schenck

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Lech's Mess With The Tenth Circuit: Why Governmental Entities Are Not Exempt From Paying Just Compensation When They Destroy Property Pursuant To Their Police Powers, Emilio R. Longoria Jan 2021

Lech's Mess With The Tenth Circuit: Why Governmental Entities Are Not Exempt From Paying Just Compensation When They Destroy Property Pursuant To Their Police Powers, Emilio R. Longoria

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On June 29, 2020, the Supreme Court denied certiorari in Lech v. Jackson, a Tenth Circuit inverse condemnation case, which held that governmental entities are categorically exempt from paying just compensation when they destroy private property pursuant to their police powers. This denial of certiorari cements a highly controversial circuit court holding into our takings jurisprudence the effects of which will be serious and far reaching. This article dissects the Tenth Circuit's opinion in Lech and explains how and why this holding should be revisited. If it is not, we risk losing the protection that the Fifth Amendment's ...


Appraising Problems, Not Stuff, Chad J. Pomeroy Jan 2021

Appraising Problems, Not Stuff, Chad J. Pomeroy

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If you are a lawyer, you will deal with value. "Value," here, means the valuation of something. And all lawyers must concern themselves with this, in some way, at some point. Business lawyers, of course, help clients craft business plans, transactional strategies, and documents. Essentially, these are entirely directed to exchanges of value. Litigation lawyers, too, are effectively always contesting matters of value-lawsuits turn on the value of goods, opportunities, injuries, or any number of things. Family lawyers, government lawyers, criminal lawyers-all lawyers must deal with items or things of value at some point.


National, Military, And College Reports On Prosecution Of Sexual Assaults And Victims’ Rights: Is The Military Actually Safer Than Civilian Society?, David A. Schlueter, Lisa M. Schenck Jan 2021

National, Military, And College Reports On Prosecution Of Sexual Assaults And Victims’ Rights: Is The Military Actually Safer Than Civilian Society?, David A. Schlueter, Lisa M. Schenck

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Texas Supreme Court’S Failure To Offer Alternative Licensure Option Unnecessarily Hinders Our State’S Future Lawyers, Michael Ariens Jul 2020

Texas Supreme Court’S Failure To Offer Alternative Licensure Option Unnecessarily Hinders Our State’S Future Lawyers, Michael Ariens

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Contract Lore As Heuristic Starting Points, Colin P. Marks May 2020

Contract Lore As Heuristic Starting Points, Colin P. Marks

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What Professor Hillman labels as lore are better thought of as a series of heuristic starting points. I do not label them heuristics in and of themselves as they do not represent shortcuts to the ultimate answer. But, as I explain, all of the areas that Professor Hillman identifies as lore are actually quite nuanced, sometimes filled with exceptions; other times, they simply represent the first step in a long inquiry. Heuristics as a teaching device has been recognized in law and other disciplines as an effective tool in not only conveying information, but also prodding the student to conduct ...


A Comparative Study Of Trademarks: Usmca (U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement) And Nafta (North American Free Trade Agreement), Roberto Rosas Apr 2020

A Comparative Study Of Trademarks: Usmca (U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement) And Nafta (North American Free Trade Agreement), Roberto Rosas

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The definition of a trademark has expanded under the U.S. -Mexico-Canada Agreement ("USMCA "'), which provides more protection for rights holders. Currently, these three countries are bound by the North American Free Trade Agreement ("NAFTA"'), which has a narrow definition for trademarks. The North American Free Trade Agreement ("NAFTA"'), which came into effect on January 1, 1994, was a significant agreement between some of the largest, strongest, and well-developed economies in the world: United States and Canada. It also helped to invigorate Mexico's future economic development. NAFTA's broad purpose was to regulate the exchange of capital, goods, and ...


Pirates On The High Seas: An Institutional Response To Expanding U.S. Jurisdiction In Troubled Waters, Marshall B. Lloyd, Robert Summers Apr 2020

Pirates On The High Seas: An Institutional Response To Expanding U.S. Jurisdiction In Troubled Waters, Marshall B. Lloyd, Robert Summers

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Collective efforts among governments and regional organizations is a vital part of the fight against piracy that represents a security threat to all nation states with respect to freedom to navigate the high seas. This paper provides a concise overview of piracy, contemporary maritime drug laws, and cases among the circuit courts to illustrate the procedural concerns that affect fundamental constitutional principles of jurisdiction. A possible solution to existing substantive and procedural due process issues is establishment of a regional judicial institution with broad powers to preside over criminal prosecutions that include maritime crimes. The suggestion may be a viable ...


Terrible Touhy: Navigating Judicial Review Of An Agency's Response To Third-Party Subpoenas, Zoe Niesel Apr 2020

Terrible Touhy: Navigating Judicial Review Of An Agency's Response To Third-Party Subpoenas, Zoe Niesel

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The question of judicial review of a federal agency's response to a third-party subpoena is highly litigated and yet barely addressed in academic literature. For seventy years, this issue has been governed by the Supreme Court's holding in United States ex rel. Touhy v. Ragen, a case that spawned its own vocabulary, its own legal doctrine, and its own circuit split. The confusion has left four circuit courts entrenched, the remainder waffling, and the district courts largely on their own to sort out a workable standard.

This Article establishes that the circuit courts' approaches to judicial review of ...


The Army's G-Rap Fiasco: How The Lives And Careers Of Hundreds Of Innocent Soldiers Were Destroyed, Jeffrey F. Addicott Jan 2020

The Army's G-Rap Fiasco: How The Lives And Careers Of Hundreds Of Innocent Soldiers Were Destroyed, Jeffrey F. Addicott

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The purpose of this article is three-fold. First, this article seeks to explore the legal and policy ramifications of the CID's multi-year criminal investigation, which targeted vast numbers of innocent Army National Guard and Army Reserve personnel for alleged criminality as contract employees in the G-RAP or AR-RAP.

Second, this article aims to highlight the CID's longstanding practice referred to as "titling"-of refusing to delete from their system of records those individuals that are subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing by their commands. This highly dubious administrative practice was particularly devastating to the hundreds of innocent and fully ...


The Case For The Rodeo: An Analysis Of The Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo's Inverse Condemnation Case Against The City Of Houston, Emilio R. Longoria Jan 2020

The Case For The Rodeo: An Analysis Of The Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo's Inverse Condemnation Case Against The City Of Houston, Emilio R. Longoria

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This Article will explore questions at the frontier of eminent domain law using the Houston Rodeo's 2020 closure as its case study. In doing so, it will attempt to clear the muddied waters of the Court's jurisprudence on compensable takings. Because of the Rodeo's location, and because of the Supreme Court's recent decision in Knick v. Townshjp of Scott, this analysis will be done using both federal and Texas law. However, since many state jurisdictions either parallel federal takings law or have made their respective takings statutes more stringent - finding compensable takings more easily than Texas ...


Machine Learning And The New Civil Procedure, Zoe Niesel Jan 2020

Machine Learning And The New Civil Procedure, Zoe Niesel

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There is an increasing emphasis in the legal academy, the media, and the popular consciousness on how artificial intelligence and machine learning will change the foundations of legal practice. In concert with these discussions, a critical question needs to be explored-As computer programming learns to adjust itself without explicit human involvement, does machine learning impact the procedural practice of law? Civil procedure, while sensitive to technology, has been slow to adapt to change. As such, this Article will explore the impact that machine learning will have on procedural jurisprudence in two significant areas-service of process and personal jurisdiction.

The Article ...


Arthur C. Y. Yao (1906-2004): A Pioneer Chinese Professor At St. Mary's University School Of Law, Robert H. Hu Jan 2020

Arthur C. Y. Yao (1906-2004): A Pioneer Chinese Professor At St. Mary's University School Of Law, Robert H. Hu

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Confucius And The Chinese Legal Tradition, Chenglin Liu Jan 2020

Confucius And The Chinese Legal Tradition, Chenglin Liu

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More than two thousand years ago, Confucius transformed and perfected an institution for governing Chinese people, which has been religiously replicated by subsequent dynasties. Within the Confucian institution, the King, at the pinnacle of the pyramid, held absolute authority; regional lords were loyal to the King; and commoners were submissive to the privileged. Confucius held that peace and order could only be achieved when people acted according to their hierarchical worth assigned by the ruler. This article offers an overview of the transformation of Confucianism. It then examines competing schools of thought-Legalism and Taoism-and explains why Confucianism triumphed to become ...


An Intersection Of Gender, Race, And Sports: Guidelines For Universities Determining Whether Athletes Accused Of Title Ix Violations Should Be Removed From Their Teams, David A. Grenardo Jan 2020

An Intersection Of Gender, Race, And Sports: Guidelines For Universities Determining Whether Athletes Accused Of Title Ix Violations Should Be Removed From Their Teams, David A. Grenardo

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Sexual assault on college campuses remains an epidemic. As universities attempt to handle Title IX complaints regarding sexual misconduct, they must protect the academic environment and integrity of their schools. Since athletes are three times more likely to be accused of sexual assault than non-athletes, and schools have historically mishandled complaints against athletes, the proposed guidelines in this Article provide an equitable approach for determining when an athlete should be removed from his team based on accusations of a Title IX violation. The guidelines are based on the newly implemented Title IX regulations and take into account the interests and ...


Loopholes For The Affluent Bankrupt, David R. Hague Jan 2020

Loopholes For The Affluent Bankrupt, David R. Hague

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Recent bankruptcy cases are exposing a problem. Affluent individuals filing for bankruptcy are treated more favorably under the Bankruptcy Code than those debtors with little to no means of financial sustenance or income. Did Congress intend this result? The legislative history is unclear. But one thing seems certain: The United States Bankruptcy Code contains a set of loopholes that appear to be designed for the well-to-do segment of society. Courts throughout the United States are either overlooking these provisions or simply condoning their utilization under the defensible conviction that the Bankruptcy Code permits it.

In this Article, I argue that ...


The Trump Travel Ban: Rhetoric Vs Reality, Jeffrey F. Addicott Jul 2019

The Trump Travel Ban: Rhetoric Vs Reality, Jeffrey F. Addicott

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President Trump's "Muslim ban" set the nation afire with debate. Opponents to the ban were motivated by the President's underlying motivations. Three iterations of the travel ban were struck down by lower courts. Before the Supreme Court, however, the travel ban was upheld. First, the plain language of § 1182(f) granted broad discretion to the President. Second, it did not violate the prohibition of discrimination against selected categories in § 1152(a)(1)(A). Finally, it failed to violate the Establishment Clause because it is facially legitimate, satisfying rational basis review. The Court found no facial evidence demonstrating discriminatory ...


Mitigating Risk, Eradicating Slavery, Ramona Lampley Jun 2019

Mitigating Risk, Eradicating Slavery, Ramona Lampley

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For U.S. companies with forced labor or child labor in the supply chain, litigation is on the rise. This Article surveys the current litigation landscape involving forced labor in the supply chain. It ultimately concludes that domestic corporations that source from international suppliers should adopt the Model Contract Clauses drafted by the ABA Business Law Section Working Group to Draft Human Rights Protections in International Supply Contracts ("Working Group"). This Article traces the origins of cases involving supply chain forced labor, beginning with the early employee negligence cases that form the backdrop of existing case law and the cornerstone ...


Unsung Heroes In Sa And Beyond Help Immigrants Find Hope, Erica B. Schommer May 2019

Unsung Heroes In Sa And Beyond Help Immigrants Find Hope, Erica B. Schommer

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Disclosing Deviations: Using Guidelines To Nudge And Empower Physician-Patient Decision Making, Melissa Ballengee Alexander Apr 2019

Disclosing Deviations: Using Guidelines To Nudge And Empower Physician-Patient Decision Making, Melissa Ballengee Alexander

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Americans fail to receive recommended care roughly half the time, reflecting poor decision making that threatens their health. This Article offers an innovative solution: require physicians to disclose clinical practice guideline recommendations to patients during informed consent. Behavioral economics suggest that insisting physicians and patients discuss guidelines, before deviating from them, could be surprisingly effective at nudging more rational care choices. At the same time, such disclosure should also educate and empower patients, serving autonomy.

Previous scholarship on unwarranted variances in care has focused primarily on malpractice reforms, largely ignoring the role of cognitive bias and the importance of patients ...


A Lesson In Civility, David A. Grenardo Apr 2019

A Lesson In Civility, David A. Grenardo

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The inherent importance of civility in the legal profession necessitates teaching civility by law schools. This Article demonstrates how civility applies to advocacy and the practice of law, the efficiency of our justice system, lawyer well-being, obtaining a job and professional identity formation, and public confidence in the legal system. The Article can assist courts, attorneys, and professors in understanding civility and its significance. Most critically, this Article provides a turnkey lesson plan for law schools on civility that professors can employ in a variety of classes including, among others, Professional Responsibility, Civil Procedure, and Constitutional Law. Teaching law students ...


Reshaping American Jurisprudence In The Trump Era - The Rise Of Originalist Judges, Jeffrey F. Addicott Apr 2019

Reshaping American Jurisprudence In The Trump Era - The Rise Of Originalist Judges, Jeffrey F. Addicott

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One of the factors that is often cited as a key reason why President Donald J. Trump was elected as the forty-fifth president, was his pledge to the American people to "make America great again" by appointing "conservative judges" to the bench, particularly when it came to filling any vacancies that might open on the United States Supreme Court. Since the never ending fight for securing an ideological majority on the Supreme Court is always viewed with great concern by both political parties, many wondered whether then candidate Trump was simply telling potential voters what they wanted to hear, or ...


Fraud, Letters Of Credit, And The Uniform Commercial Code: It Is Time To Untether The Independence Principle, Richard Flint Jan 2019

Fraud, Letters Of Credit, And The Uniform Commercial Code: It Is Time To Untether The Independence Principle, Richard Flint

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The purpose of this Article is to evaluate the efficacy of the fraud exception to the independence principle in letters of credit law in the case of both commercial and standby letters of credit. In doing so, a primary focus will be to identify which of the various parties to a letter of credit transaction the present fraud exception "protects" and to evaluate the policy justifications for why these persons are viewed by the law to be eligible recipients of protection.


Developing Countries And International Economic Law: The Case Of Burma, Vincent R. Johnson Jan 2019

Developing Countries And International Economic Law: The Case Of Burma, Vincent R. Johnson

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Roughly a quarter of a century ago, developing countries, in large numbers, signed on to the 1994 revision of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade3 ("GKTT 1994") and to membership in its umbrella institution, the World Trade Organization ("WTO"). Notwithstanding their erstwhile reluctance to do business with and compete against developed countries that in many instances had been colonial oppressors, they took on substantial obligations under the WTO agreements. Developing countries did so, in part, because they feared being left behind economically in a world where free trade prospered.


Can God Create A Rock So Heavy That He Cannot Lift It?: Outlawing Pensions Under State Constitutions, Chad J. Pomeroy Jan 2019

Can God Create A Rock So Heavy That He Cannot Lift It?: Outlawing Pensions Under State Constitutions, Chad J. Pomeroy

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Public pensions are a problem. More than twenty-seven million people participate in state and local government pension plans. And those plans are in the hole trillions of dollars. This means that state and local governments are going to have to raise additional trillions in taxes (or shift those trillions away from schools, police, firemen, or other spending targets) to satisfy these obligations.

What can be done about such a large, seemingly intractable problem? A number of states have installed specific pension funding requirements within their constitutions. Most state constitutions contain some kind of balanced budget requirement, and a number of ...


Let My Arm Be Broken Off At The Elbow, Chad J. Pomeroy Jan 2019

Let My Arm Be Broken Off At The Elbow, Chad J. Pomeroy

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Though the American legal system is deferential toward religion and churches, it is undeniable that the Church of Latter-day Saints-and other like organizations-are not just churches. They are, instead, important participants in the market economy, some of them global business enterprises of major proportions. This twinning of profit and spirit is seamless for many religions, with numerous modem churches preaching a "prosperity gospel" that promises spiritual and temporal blessings in return for donations."' Still other churches-such as the Church of Scientology-directly charge for religious services that are "necessary" for spiritual improvement and advancement in the church hierarchy. And still others ...


#Personaljurisdiction: A New Age Of Internet Contacts, Zoe Niesel Jan 2019

#Personaljurisdiction: A New Age Of Internet Contacts, Zoe Niesel

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The Remarkable First 50 Women Law Graduates Of St. Mary's University: Part One, Regina Stone-Harris Jan 2019

The Remarkable First 50 Women Law Graduates Of St. Mary's University: Part One, Regina Stone-Harris

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The Texas Supreme Court's Evolving Mineral-Deed Jurisprudence In The Shale Era: The Implications Of Wenske V. Ealy, Laura H. Burney Jan 2019

The Texas Supreme Court's Evolving Mineral-Deed Jurisprudence In The Shale Era: The Implications Of Wenske V. Ealy, Laura H. Burney

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The twenty-first century oil and gas boom in the Lone Star State stimulated the industry and enriched Texas landowners. However, the technologies credited with igniting this boom, hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, could not prevent the historic boom-to-bust cycle. Instead, the production unleashed from shale plays in Texas and other states created a world-wide glut, sinking oil prices from highs above $100 to a low of $26 per barrel. Yet, thanks in part to plays in West Texas, "Shale 2.0" is underway. The booms have blessed and cursed Texas, leading to a variety of legal disputes. Disputes that have ...