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 2011

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Turning Winners into Losers: Ponzi Scheme Avoidance Law and the Inequity of Clawbacks, Karen E. Nelson

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Expanding the Role of Trade Preference Programs, Monica Patel

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Diversity Jurisdiction and Injunctive Relief: Using a "Moving-Party Approach" to Value the Amount in Controversy, Christopher A. Pinahs

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Public Choice and International Law Compliance: The Executive Branch Is a "They," Not an "It", Neomi Rao

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Arrest Efficiency and the Fourth Amendment, L. Song Richardson

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Corporate Governance in an Age of Separation of Ownership from Ownership, Usha Rodrigues

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Privatization and the Sale of Tax Revenues, Julie A. Roin

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Rule 14A-11 and the Administrative Procedure Act: It's Better to Have Had and Waived, Than Never to Have Had at All, Reed T. Schuster

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When Sosa Meets Iqbal: Plausibility Pleading in Human Rights Litigation, Jordan D. Shepherd

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The Cloying Use of Unallotment: Curbing Executive Branch Appropriation Reductions During Fiscal Emergencies, Tyler J. Siewert

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Whose Claim Is This Anyway? Third-Party Litigation Funding, Maya Steinitz

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Executive Compensation in the Courts: Board Capture, Optimal Contracting, and Officers' Fiduciary Duties, Randall S. Thomas and Harwell Wells

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Who Are They to Judge?: The Constitutionality of Delegations by Courts to Probation Officers, Mark Thomson

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Regulation in the Behavioral Era, Michael P. Vandenbergh, Amanda R. Carrico, and Lisa Schultz Bressman

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The Sartorial Dilemma of Knockoffs: Protecting Moral Rights without Disturbing the Fashion Dynamic, Margaret E. Wade

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The Role of the United States Supreme Court in Interpreting and Developing Humanitarian Law, David Weissbrodt and Nathaniel H. Nesbitt

Submissions from 2010

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Who's Afraid of Law and the Emotions?, Kathryn Abrams and Hila Keren

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The Visible Hand: Coordination Functions of the Regulatory State, Robert B. Ahdieh

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Defining Unpatented Article: Why Labeling Products with Expired Patent Numbers Should Not Be False Marking, Laura N. Arneson

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Reconciling the Public Employee Speech Doctrine and Academic Speech after Garcetti V. Ceballos, Darryn Cathryn Beckstrom

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Cybermarks, Dan L. Burk

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Impeachment and Assassination, Josh Chafetz

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Trading-Off Reproductive Technology and Adoption: Does Subsidizing Ivf Decrease Adoption Rates and Should It Matter?, I. Glenn Cohen and Daniel L. Chen

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Anticompetitive Effect, Richard D. Cudahy and Alan Devlin

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Revising the Organizational Sentencing Guidelines to Eliminate the Focus on Compliance Programs and Cooperation in Determining Corporate Sentence Mitigation, Lindsay K. Eastman

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Property Rhetoric and the Public Domain, David Fagundes

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The Implications for Law of User Innovation, William W. Fisher III

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American Trust Law in a Chinese Mirror, Frances H. Foster

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Challenging Peremptories: Suggested Reforms to the Jury Selection Process Using Minnesota as a Case Study, Maisa Jean Frank

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The Role of Dissenting Opinions, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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The Due Process Rights of Parents to Cross-Examine Guardians Ad Litem in Custody Disputes: The Reality and the Ideal, Emily Gleiss

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Litigating the Contours of Constitutionality: Harmonizing Equitable Principles and Constitutional Values When Considering Preliminary Injunctive Relief, Ryan Griffin

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Corporate Control and the Need for Meaningful Board Accountability, Michelle M. Harner

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Born (Not So) Free: Legal Limits on the Practice of Unassisted Childbirth or Freebirthing in the United States, Anna Hickman

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Concepts, Categories, and Compliance in the Regulatory State, Kristin E. Hickman and Claire A. Hill

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Speaking of Silence: A Reply to Making Defendants Speak, Donald P. Judges and Stephen J. Cribari

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The Voices of Victims: Debating the Appropriate Role of Fraud Victim Allocution under the Crime Victims' Rights Act, Julie Kaster

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Vagueness Challenges to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Orin S. Kerr

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Mask, Shield, and Sword: Should the Journalist's Privilege Protect the Identity of Anonymous Posters to News Media Websites?, Jane E. Kirtley

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Deterring Fraud to Increase Public Confidence: Why Congress Should Allow Government Employees to File Qui Tam Lawsuits, Barry M. Landy

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Identity Scripts & Democratic Deliberation, Holning Lau

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Strategic Enforcement, Margaret H. Lemos and Alex Stein

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Constitutional Dictatorship: Its Dangers and Its Design, Sanford Levinson and Jack M. Balkin

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Legislative Prayer and the Secret Costs of Religious Endorsements, Christopher C. Lund

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The Protective Scope of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act: Providing Mortgagors the Protection They Deserve from Abusive Foreclosure Practices, Eric M. Marshall

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Judicial Discipline and the Appearance of Impropriety: What the Public Sees Is What the Judge Gets, Raymond J. McKoski

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Dual Illegality and Geoambiguous Law: A New Rule for Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Law, Jeffrey A. Meyer

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Embryo Adoption: The Solution to an Ambiguous Intent Standard, Molly Miller

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Cyberspace & the Law: Privacy, Property, and Crime in the Virtual Frontier, Nicole M. Murphy

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Meeting Boumediene's Challenge: The Emergence of an Effective Habeas Jurisprudence and Obsolescence of New Detention Legislation, Nathaniel H. Nesbitt

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Probably Probable Cause: The Diminishing Importance of Justification Standards, Paul Ohm

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From Exclusivity to Concurrence, Mark D. Rosen

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Adaptive Management in the Courts, J.B. Ruhl and Robert L. Fischman

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Google Book Search and the Future of Books in Cyberspace, Pamela Samuelson

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The Need for Review: Allowing Defendants to Appeal the Factual Basis of a Conviction after Pleading Guilty, Steven Schmidt

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Regulating Insurance Sales or Selling Insurance Regulation?: Against Regulatory Competition in Insurance, Daniel Schwarcz

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Fiduciaries with Conflicting Obligations, Steven L. Schwarcz

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Hard Vs. Soft Law: Alternatives, Complements, and Antagonists in International Governance, Gregory C. Shaffer and Mark A. Pollack

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Proportionality, Privacy, and Public Opinion: A Reply to Kerr and Swire, Christopher Slobogin

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Immunity for Vaccine Manufacturers: The Vaccine Act and Preemption of Design Defect Claims, Eva B. Stensvad

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Federal Preemption and the Rating Agencies: Eliminating State Law Liability to Promote Quality Ratings, Timothy M. Sullivan

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Relative Futility: Limits to Genetic Privacy Protection Because of the Inability to Prevent Disclosure of Genetic Information by Relatives, Trevor Woodage

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Administration by Treasury, David Zaring

Submissions from 2009

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Prosecutorial Use of Forensic Science at Trial: When Is a Lab Report Testimonial?, Joe Bourne

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The Political Economy of Judging, Thomas Brennan, Lee Epstein, and Nancy Staudt

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The Fatally Flawed Theory of the Unbundled Executive, Steven G. Calabresi and Nicholas Terrell

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Shaping Supreme Court Policy Through Appointments: The Impact of a New Justice, Charles Cameron, Jee-Kwang Park, and Deborah Beim

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Clawbacks: Prospective Contract Measures in an Era of Excessive Executive Compensation and Ponzi Schemes, Miriam A. Cherry and Jarrod Wong

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Defogging the Cloud: Applying Fourth Amendment Principles to Evolving Privacy Expectations in Cloud Computing, David A. Couillard

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Unexpected Consequences: The Constitutional Implications of Federal Prison Policy for Offenders Considering Abortion, Claire Deason

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Privatizing Ethics in Corporate Reorganizations, A. Mechele Dickerson

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Accepting Justice Kennedy's Challenge: Reviving Race-Conscious School Assignments in the Wake of Parents Involved, Charles E. Dickinson

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Natural Laws and Inevitable Infringement, Alan L. Durham

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Against Permititis: Why Voluntary Organizations Should Regulate the Use of Cancer Drugs, Richard A. Epstein

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Dissents Against Type, Ward Farnsworth

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How a Judge Thinks, Michael J. Gerhardt

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Shortcuts to Reform, Heather K. Gerken

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Murder and the Military Commissions: Prohibiting the Executive's Unauthorized Expansion of Jurisdiction, Joseph C. Hansen

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Aggregating Probabilities Across Cases: Criminal Responsibility for Unspecified Offenses, Alon Harel and Ariel Porat

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From the Inside Out: Reforming State and Local Prostitution Enforcement to Combat Sex Trafficking in the United States and Abroad, Moira Heiges

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United States Competition Policy in Crisis: 1890-1955, Herbert Hovenkamp

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Wartime Judgments of Presidential Power: Striking Down but Not Back, William G. Howell

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Hear Me Roar: What Provokes Supreme Court Justices to Dissent from the Bench?, Timothy R. Johnson, Ryan C. Black, and Eve M. Ringsmuth

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Withdrawal: The Roberts Court and the Retreat from Election Law, Ellen Katz

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Separation of Powers During the Forty-Fourth Presidency and Beyond, Brett M. Kavanaugh

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The National Surveillance State: A Response to Balkin, Orin S. Kerr

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The Accountable Executive, Heidi Kitrosser

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Beyond the Article I Horizon: Congress's Enumerated Powers and Universal Jurisdiction over Drug Crimes, Eugene Kontorovich

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Do Courts Create Moral Hazard?: When Judges Nullify Employer Liability in Arbitrations, Michael H. LeRoy

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Cramming Down the Housing Crisis: Amending 11 U.S.C. § 1322(B) to Protect Homeowners and Create a Sustainable Bankruptcy System, Nina Liao

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Why Did the Incorporation of the Bill of Rights Fail in the Late Nineteenth Century?, Gerard N. Magliocca

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Reconfiguring Estate Settlement, John H. Martin

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Inequitable-Conduct Doctrine Reform: Is the Death Penalty for Patents Still Appropriate?, Nicole M. Murphy

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Credit Rating Agencies and the First Amendment: Applying Constitutional Journalistic Protections to Subprime Mortgage Litigation, Theresa Nagy

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Specific Performance and the Thirteenth Amendment, Nathan B. Oman

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Reclaiming International Law from Extraterritoriality, Austen L. Parrish

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Defacing Democracy?: The Changing Nature and Rising Importance of As-Applied Challenges in the Supreme Court's Recent Election Law Decisions, Nathaniel Persily and Jennifer S. Rosenberg

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Counsel and Confrontation, Todd E. Pettys

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The Curious Case of Disparate Impact under the Adea: Reversing the Theory's Development into Obsolescence, R. Henry Pfutzenreuter IV

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Native American Rape Victims: Desperately Seeking an Oliphant-Fix, Marie Quasius