In January 1917, Professor Henry J. Fletcher launched the Minnesota Law Review with lofty aspirations: “A well-conducted law review . . . ought to do something to develop the spirit of statesmanship as distinguished from a dry professionalism. It ought at the same time contribute a little something to the systematic growth of the whole law.” For the next forty years, in conjunction with the Minnesota State Bar Association, the faculty of the University of Minnesota Law School directed the work of student editors of the Law Review. Despite their initial oversight and vision, however, the faculty gradually handed the editorial mantle over to law students.
During 1954 and 1955, the “faculty” editors left the masthead of the journal, affiliation with the State Bar was severed, and the faculty Editor-in-Chief quietly assumed the role of “advisor.” From April 1955 through June 1989, a student President oversaw the publication. Then, in October of 1989, the student staff revived the role of Editor-in-Chief, a title now worn by a student. Today, the Board of Editors, consisting of up to thirty-nine editors, governs the Law Review and determines its policies and procedures. Along with thirty-eight student staff members, each Board of Editors strives to rise to the challenge of Professor Fletcher to “contribute a little something to the systematic growth of the whole law.”

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Submissions from 2013

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Branding Privacy, Paul Ohm

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The Merchants of Wall Street: Banking, Commerce, and Commodities, Saule T. Omarova

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What's My Age Again? the Immigrant Age Problem in the Criminal Justice System, Ross Pearson

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Tattoos & IP Norms, Aaron Perzanowski

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Death by Arugula: How Soil Contamination Stunts Urban Agriculture, and What the Law Should Do About It, Steven A. Platt

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If It's in the Game, Is It in the Game?: Examining League-Wide Licensing Agreements after American Needle, Talon Powers

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A More Perfect Union? Democracy in the Age of Ballot Initiatives, Tom Pryor

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Turner V. Rogers, the Right to Counsel, and the Deficiencies of Mathews V. Eldridge, Tom Pryor

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Casual Ostracism: Jury Exclusion on the Basis of Criminal Convictions, Anna Roberts

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Health Law as Disability Rights Law, Jessica L. Roberts

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State Enforcement of National Policy: A Contextual Approach (With Evidence from the Securities Realm), Amanda M. Rose

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Going Back in Time: The Search for Retroactive Rulemaking Power in Statutory Deadlines, Chris Schmitter

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The Political Morality of Voting in Direct Democracy, Michael Serota and Ethan J. Leib

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The Presumption of Patentability, Sean B. Seymore

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Mind, Body, and the Criminal Law, Francis X. Shen

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Protecting Property Through Politics: State Legislative Checks and Judicial Takings, Stephanie Stern

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Challenging the Plausibility Standard under the Rules Enabling Act, Edwin W. Stockmeyer

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Reclaiming Equality to Reframe Indigent Defense Reform, Lauren Sudeall Lucas

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Government Nonendorsement, Nelson Tebbe

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Inflammatory Speech: Offense Versus Incitement, Alexander Tsesis

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Are State Constitutions Constitutional?, Timothy M. Tymkovich

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Amending Title VII to Safeguard the Viability of Retaliation Claims, Brandon Wheeler

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That's My Baby: Why the State's Interest in Promoting Public Health Does Not Justify Residual Newborn Blood Spot Research without Parental Consent, Allison M. Whelan

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It's the Reply, Not the Comment: Observations About the Bierschbach and Bibas Proposal, Ronald F. Wright

Submissions from 2012

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A Shareholders' Put Option: Counteracting the Acquirer Overpayment Problem, Afra Afsharipour

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Judicial Review of Sec Rules: Managing the Costs of Cost-Benefit Analysis, Rachel A. Benedict

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Notice-And-Comment Sentencing, Richard A. Bierschbach and Stephanos Bibas

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Super PACs, Richard Briffault

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Beyond Best Interests, I. Glenn Cohen

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In Defense of Judicial Empathy, Thomas B. Colby

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Juveniles Locked in Limbo: Why Pretrial Detention Implicates a Fundamental Right, Shana Conklin

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New Evidence on Appeal, Jeffrey C. Dobbins

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Technological Leap, Statutory Gap, and Constitutional Abyss: Remote Biometric Identification Comes of Age, Laura K. Donohue

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It Can Do More Than Protect Your Credit Score: Regulating Social Media Pre-Employment Screening with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Nathan J. Ebnet

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What Have I Opted Myself Into? Resolving the Uncertain Status of Opt-In Plaintiffs Prior to Conditional Certification in Fair Labor Standards Act Litigation, Carl Engstrom

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That's Not Discrimination: American Beliefs and the Limits of Anti-Discrimination Law, Katie R. Eyer

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Conviction without Conviction, Talia Fisher

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Loaded Questions: A Suggested Constitutional Framework for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Reid Golden

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Lessons Learned: Political Advertising and Political Law, Kenneth Goldstein, David A. Schweidel, and Mike Wittenwyler

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An Immigration Crisis in a Nation of Immigrants: Why Amending the Fourteenth Amendment Won't Solve Our Problems, Alberto R. Gonzales

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Ugly on the Inside: An Argument for a Narrow Interpretation of Employer Defenses to Appearance Discrimination, Mila Gumin

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Armchair Jury Consultants: The Legal Implications and Benefits of Online Research of Prospective Jurors in the Facebook Era, Adam J. Hoskins

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Making Pesticides Public: A Disclosure-Based Approach to Regulating Pesticide Use, Brian Jacobson

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Patent Law's Audience, Mark D. Janis and Timothy R. Holbrook

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Forum Competition and Choice of Law Competition in Securities Law after Morrison V. National Australia Bank, Wulf A. Kaal and Richard W. Painter

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Water Bankruptcy, Christine A. Klein

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Class Certification as a Prerequisite for Cafa Jurisdiction, Kevin Lampone

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The Interagency Marketplace, Jason Marisam

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What "Being a Watchdog" Really Means: Removing the Attorney General from the Supervision of Charitable Trusts, Kelly McNabb

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Donor Disclosure: Undermining the First Amendment, Cleta Mitchell

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Lawyers, Not Widgets: Why Private-Sector Attorneys Must Unionize to Save the Legal Profession, Melissa Mortazavi

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Matching Political Contributions, Spencer Overton

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Plausible Defenses: Historical, Plain Meaning, and Public Policy Arguments for Applying Iqbal and Twombly to Affirmative Defenses, Matthew J.M. Pelikan

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Copyright Exhaustion and the Personal Use Dilemma, Aaron Perzanowski and Jason Schultz

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Daubert Rises: The (Re)Applicability of the Daubert Factors to the Scope of Forensics Testimony, Geoffrey M. Pipoly

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Jurisprudential Innovation or Accountability Avoidance? the International Criminal Court and Proposed Expansion of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights, Kristen Rau

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When Copyright Law and Science Collide: Empowering Digitally Integrated Research Methods on a Global Scale, Jerome H. Reichman and Ruth L. Okediji

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Stifled Justice: The Unauthorized Practice of Law and Internet Legal Resources, Mathew Rotenberg

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The Political Economy of Climate Change Winners, J.B. Ruhl

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The Use and Abuse of Special-Purpose Entities in Public Finance, Steven L. Schwarcz

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Veblen Brands, Jeremy N. Sheff

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Originalism and Political Ignorance, Ilya Somin

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Warrantless Search Cases Are Really All the Same, Will Stancil

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Dissent without Disloyalty: Expanding the Free Speech Rights of Military Members under the "General Articles" of the UCMJ, Jason Steck

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Too Much for Too Little: The Restatement's Measure of Damages Where the Trustee Sells a Trust Asset for an Insufficient Price, Richard Thomson

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Citizens United: Democracy Realized--Or Defeated?, Margaret E. Wade

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Waiving Innocence, Samuel R. Wiseman

Submissions from 2011

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Legitimate Absenteeism: The Unconstitutionality of the Caucus Attendance Requirement, Heather R. Abraham

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Dodd-Frank: Quack Federal Corporate Governance Round Ii, Stephen M. Bainbridge

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Conundrum, Derek E. Bambauer

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Insufficient Government Protection: The Inescapable Element in Domestic Violence Asylum Cases, Elsa M. Bullard

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Fiduciary-Based Standards for Bailout Contractors: What the Treasury Got Right and Wrong in Tarp, Kathleen Clark

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Regulating Reproduction: The Problem with Best Interests, I. Glenn Cohen

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Tort Law and the American Economy, Frank B. Cross

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Rights for Sale, Tsilly Dagan and Talia Fisher

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Children's Constitutional Rights, Anne C. Dailey

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Uncomfortable Embrace: Federal Corporate Ownership in the Midst of the Financial Crisis, Steven M. Davidoff

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Government Ethics and Bailouts: The Past, Present, and Future, Nicole Elsasser Watson

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Tortured Language: "Individuals," Corporate Liability, and the Torture Victim Protection Act, Brad Emmons

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Constitutional Spaces, Allan Erbsen

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Government Governance and the Need to Reconcile Government Regulation with Board Fiduciary Duties, Lisa M. Fairfax

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Hold Fast the Keys to the Kingdom: Federal Administrative Agencies and the Need for Brady Disclosure, Justin Goetz

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Erie's Suppressed Premise, Michael Steven Green

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Federalism in Bankruptcy: Relocating the Doctrine of Substantive Consolidation, R. Benjamin Hanna

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Money Talks but It Isn't Speech, Deborah Hellman

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Compromised Fiduciaries: Conflicts of Interest in Government and Business, Claire Hill and Richard Painter

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Freedom of Testation / Freedom of Contract, Adam J. Hirsch

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Combating Joint Ventures in Suppression: Taking Inventory of the Legal Arsenal, Daniel J. Iden

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Blowing Up the Pipes: The Use of (C)(4) to Dismantle Campaign Finance Reform, Cory G. Kalanick

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The Problem with Waste: Delaware's Lenient Treatment of Waste Claims at the Demand Stage of Derivative Litigation, Jamie L. Kastler

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Who Benefited from the Bailout?, Jonathan G. Katz

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UNCLOS, but No Cigar: Overcoming Obstacles to the Prosecution of Maritime Piracy, Ryan P. Kelley

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Beyond Crime and Commitment: Justifying Liberty Deprivations of the Dangerous and Responsible, Kimberly Kessler Ferzan

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In Deep Water: A Common Law Solution to the Bulk Water Export Problem, Elise L. Larson

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On the Edge: Declining Marginal Utility and Tax Policy, Sarah B. Lawsky

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Judicial Review of Judicial Lawmaking, Amnon Lehavi

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Special Incentives to Sue, Margaret H. Lemos

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The Financial Crisis of 2008-2009: Capitalism Didn't Fail, but the Metaphors Got a "C", Jeffrey M. Lipshaw

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Substantive Equality: A Perspective, Catharine A. MacKinnon

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Successor Liability, John H. Matheson