Carl Tobias, Citation: Carl Tobias, Combating the Ninth Circuit Judicial Vacancy Crisis, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 687 (2017)
When Donald Trump became President, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit had four judicial vacancies that the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AO) identified as “judicial emergencies.” The court also faces a larger caseload than all the other regional circuits, and has frequently decided appeals the least swiftly. The 2016 […]
Susan McCarter, Elisa Chinn-Gary, Louis A. Trosch Jr., Ahmed Toure, Abraham Alsaeedi, Jennifer Harrington, Citation: Susan McCarter et al., Bringing Racial Justice to the Courtroom and Community: Race Matters for Juvenile Justice and the Charlotte Model, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 641 (2017)
This article describes regional institutional organizing efforts to bring racial justice to the Charlotte courts and community through a collaborative called Race Matters for Juvenile Justice (RMJJ). The authors explain community and institutional organizing in-depth using the example of minority overrepresentation in the juvenile justice system, but recognize the pervasiveness of racial and ethnic disparities. […]
Andrew F. Tuch, Citation: Andrew F. Tuch, The Limits of Gatekeeper Liability, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 619 (2017)
Paul Rosenzweig, Citation: Paul Rosenzweig, The Quality of Mercy, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 609 (2017)
Harold J. Krent , Citation: Harold J. Krent, Post-Trial Plea Bargaining and Predictive Analytics in Public Law, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 595 (2017)
Adam Gershowitz’s article calling for post-trial plea bargaining in capital cases reasons that governors should commute sentences to life in prison, in exceptional cases, to limit the costs of protracted post-trial litigation over imposition of the death penalty. The commutation power, in his view, resembles pre-trial plea bargaining in that both the state and the […]
Valena Beety , Citation: Valena Beety, Changing the Culture of Disclosure and Forensics, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 580 (2017)
This Essay responds to Professor Brandon Garrett’s Constitutional Regulation of Forensic Evidence, and, in particular, his identification of the dire need to change the culture of disclosing forensic evidence. My work on forensics is—similarly to Garrett’s—rooted in both scholarship and litigation of wrongful convictions. From this perspective, I question whether prosecutors fully disclose forensics findings […]
Sonja R. West, Citation: Sonja R. West, The Supreme Court's Limited Public Forum, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 572 (2017)
When discussing the issue of transparency at the United States Supreme Court, most commentators focus on the line between public and private. Yet, transparency is not always such a black-or-white issue. There are, in fact, a surprising number of significant Court moments that occur neither wholly in public nor completely in private. Through policies that […]
Jenia I. Turner & Allison D. Redlich, Citation: Jenia I. Turner & Allison D. Redlich, Reply to Miriam Baer and Michael Doucette’s Reviews of Two Models of Pre-Plea Discovery in Criminal Cases, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 471 (2016)
Fredrick E. Vars, Citation: Fredrick E. Vars, Prosecutorial Misconduct: The Best Defense Is a Good Defense, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 465 (2016)
Carl Tobias, Citation: Carl Tobias, Confirm Judge Koh for the Ninth Circuit, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 449 (2016)
On February 25, 2016, President Barack Obama appointed United States District Court Judge Lucy Haeran Koh for a judicial emergency vacancy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The jurist has served professionally for more than six years in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, ably […]
Kevin Golembiewski , Citation: 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 433 (2016)
This term, the Supreme Court will consider Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools. Fry implicates a circuit split on the proper scope of the exhaustion requirement in 20 U.S.C. § 1415(l) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). That section requires parents of students with disabilities to exhaust state administrative remedies “before the filing of […]
Michael R. Doucette, Citation: Michael R. Doucette, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 415 (2016)
In their article, Two Models of Pre-Plea Discovery in Criminal Cases: An Empirical Comparison, Professors Turner and Redlich ostensibly compare North Carolina’s “open-file” criminal discovery with Virginia’s “closed-file” discovery. Based on their survey results, they conclude that open-file discovery is “a better guarantor of informed decisions and efficient process in criminal cases.” While we appreciate the […]
Jennifer Wriggins, Citation: Jennifer Wriggins, Response to Keeping Cases from Black Juries: An Empirical Analysis of How Race, Income Inequality, and Regional History Affect Tort Law, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 401 (2016)
Issues of race and racism in the U.S. torts system continue to deserve much more attention from legal scholarship than they receive, and Keeping Cases from Black Juries is a valuable contribution. Studying racism as it infects the torts system is difficult because explicit de jure exclusions of black jurors are in the past; race […]
James M. Oleske, Jr., Citation: James M. Oleske, Jr., Grand Theory or Discrete Proposal? Religious Accommodations and Health Related Harms, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 387 (2016)
More than a quarter-century has passed since the Supreme Court decided inEmployment Division v. Smith that religious accommodations are primarily a matter of legislative grace, not constitutional right. In that time, barrels of ink have been spilled over the merits of the Smith decision. But comparatively little attention has been given to the issue of […]
David H. Moore, Citation: David H. Moore, United States Courts and Imperialism, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 338 (2016)
When U.S. Courts adjudicate transnational matters, they risk two forms of judicial imperialism. The first—unilateral imperialism—involves adjudication by a single state at the expense of multilateral forms of resolution or global governance. The second—sovereigntist imperialism—threatens the sovereignty of other states who might wish to resolve the controversy themselves. The risk of imperialism may lead U.S. […]
Doriane Lambelet Coleman, Citation: Doriane Lambelet Coleman, Religiously-Motivated Medical Neglect: A Response to Professors Levin, Jacobs, and Arora, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 359 (2016)
This Response to Professors Levin, Jacobs, and Arora’s article, To Accommodate or Not to Accommodate: (When) Should the State Regulate Religion to Protect the Rights of Children and Third Parties?, focuses on their claim that the law governing religious exemptions to medical neglect is messy, unprincipled, and in need of reform, including because it violates […]
Miriam H. Baer, Citation: 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 347 (2016)
This Response addresses Jenia Turner and Alison Redlich’s comparative analysis of criminal discovery practices in two neighboring states, Virginia and North Carolina. Whereas Virginia adheres to the traditional, category-driven approach, North Carolina requires its prosecutors to disclose the contents of their “file,” with some notable exceptions. Open-file discovery has quickly become a fertile source of […]
Peter G. Strasser, Citation: Peter G. Strasser, An Anti-Corruption Bureau’s Inexorable Endeavor: A Study of Malawi’s Cashgate Scandal, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 303 (2016)
The “Cashgate” scandal has had far-reaching consequences for the southern African nation of Malawi and its people. Western donors suspended budgetary aid—circa $150 million annually—upon learning that civil servants and senior cabinet ministers in former President Joyce Banda’s administration had manipulated the government’s financial management system to embezzle more than $45 million over an eighteen-month […]
Kevin R. Johnson, Citation: 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 269 (2016)
Jenny-Brooke Condon’s article The Preempting of Equal Protection for Immigrants?analyzes important issues surrounding the constitutional rights of immigrants. Professor Condon in essence contends that the current legislative, executive, and scholarly focus on the distribution of immigration power between the state and federal governments has undermined the Equal Protection rights of legal immigrants in the United […]
Mark Glover, Citation: 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 289 (2016)
In Irresolute Testators, Clear and Convincing Wills Law, Professor Jane Baron draws attention to a conflict between the mechanics of the law of wills and the realities of testation. Baron observes that the law of wills is designed to be used as a tool by resolute and rationale testators to communicate their intent regarding the […]
Naomi Cahn, Citation: Naomi Cahn, Incomplete Dispositions, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 259 (2016)
In Irresolute Testators, Professor Jane Baron provocatively suggests the existence of two distinct types of testators: the rational, autonomous testator who has made deliberate choices about the contents of her will and whose errors, if any, are minor; and the more vulnerable, less resolute testator who may not have actually made the final decisions enshrined […]
Anne M. Anderson, Citation: Anne M. Anderson, How Much Are You Worth?: A Statutory Alternative to the Unconstitutionality of Experts’ Use of Minority-Based Statistics, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 206 (2016).
Wee Jin Yeo, Citation: Wee Jin Yeo, Belmora LLC v. Bayer Consumer Care AG—The Well-Known Marks Doctrine Reconsidered, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 188 (2016).
The territoriality principle, basic to United States trademark law, provides that foreign uses of a trademark do not give the user trademark rights in the United States. An important exception to this principle is the well-known marks doctrine, which allows a foreign user to obtain priority rights in the United States over a mark used […]
Colin Miller, Citation: Colin Miller, Sovereign Impunity: Why Double Jeopardy Should Apply in Puerto Rico, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 174 (2016),
On January 13th, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Puerto Rico v. Sanchez Valle. The question that the Court must decide is whether the federal government and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico are separate sovereigns for purposes of the Double Jeopardy Clause. This essay argues that the Supreme Court […]
Candace Johnson & Mae C. Quinn, Citation: Candace Johnson & Mae C. Quinn, Chaining Kids to the Ever Turning Wheel: Other Contemporary Costs of Juvenile Court Involvement, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 159 (2016).
In this essay, Candace Johnson and Mae Quinn respond to Tamar Birckhead’s important article The New Peonage, based, in part, on their work and experience representing youth in St. Louis, Missouri. They concur with Professor Birckhead’s conclusions about the unfortunate state of affairs in 21st century America— that we use fines, fees, and other prosecution […]
Arthur R. Vorbrodt, Citation: Arthur R. Vorbrodt, Clapper Dethroned: Imminent Injury and Standing for Data Breach Lawsuits in Light of Ashley Madison, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 61 (2016).
Radu Mares, Citation: Radu Mares, A Rejoinder to G. Skinner's Rethinking Limited Liability of Parent Corporations for Foreign Subsidiaries' Violations of International Human Rights Law, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 117 (2016).
Mitchell D. Diles, Citation: Mitchell D. Diles, Condemning Clothes: The Constitutionality of Taking Trademarks in the Professional Sports Franchise Context, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 1 (2016).
The resurgence in franchise free agency in the National Football League (NFL) potentially implicates the loss of a significant source of local identity and tradition for multiple cities. In January 2016, NFL owners approved the relocation of the Rams franchise from St. Louis, Missouri, to Los Angeles, California, by a vote of thirty-to-two. The owners’ […]