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 2009

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Presuming Innocence: Expanding the Confrontation Clause Analysis to Protect Children and Defendants in Child Sexual Abuse Prosecutions, Anna Richey-Allen

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Making Defendants Speak, Ted Sampsell-Jones

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Are Patents on Interfaces Impeding Interoperability?, Pamela Samuelson

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Sweetening the Deal: Strengthening Transnational Bribery Laws Through Standard International Corporate Auditing Guidelines, Timothy W. Schmidt

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Disappearing Districts: Minority Vote Dilution Doctrine as Politics, Terry Smith

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The Limits of Backlash: Assessing the Political Response to Kelo, Ilya Somin

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Reason-Giving and Accountability, Glen Staszewski

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Between the Possible and the Probable: Defining the Plausibility Standard after Bell Atlantic Corp. V. Twombly and Ashcroft V. Iqbal, Nicholas Tymoczko

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Judicial Nominations in an Umpireless Game: Trusted Sources, a Complaint, and a Proposal, Benjamin Wittes

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The Myth of Self-Regulation, Fred C. Zacharias

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In Re the Welfare of Due Process, Kristin K. Zinsmaster

Submissions from 2008

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Adaptive Federalism: The Case Against Reallocating Environmental Regulatory Authority, David E. Adelman and Kirsten H. Engel

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Avalanche or Undue Alarm? An Empirical Study of Subpoenas Received by the News Media, RonNell Andersen Jones

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The Constitution in the National Surveillance State, Jack M. Balkin

The Behavioral Economics of Consumer Contracts, Oren Bar-Gill

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Representing Low-Wage Workers in the Absence of a Class: The Peculiar Case of Section 16 of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Underenforcement of Minimum Labor Standards, Craig Becker and Paul Strauss

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Amending the Exceptions Clause, Joseph Blocher

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Modernizing Medicare: Protecting America's Most Vulnerable Patients from Predatory Health Care Marketing Through Accessible Legal Remedies, Elizabeth C. Borer

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Bonghits4Jesus.Com? Scrutinizing Public School Authority over Student Cyberspeech Through the Lens of Personal Jurisdiction, Kyle W. Brenton

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Reasonable Means: Unavailable Declarants after United States V. Yida, Damon Brinson

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The Quiet Revolution Revived: Sustainable Design, Land Use Regulation, and the States, Sara C. Bronin

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Toward a Functional Definition of Publication in Copyright Law, Thomas F. Cotter

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Counting What Matters: Privatization, People with Disabilities, and the Cost of Low-Wage Work, Ellen Dannin

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The Child Protection Pretense: States' Continued Consignment of Newborn Babies to Unfit Parents, James G. Dwyer

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The Neoclassical Economics of Consumer Contracts, Richard A. Epstein

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Horizontal Federalism, Allan Erbsen

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Preemption and Civic Democracy in the Battle over Wal-Mart, Catherine L. Fisk and Michael M. Oswalt

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Generous to a Fault? Fair Shares and Charitable Giving, Miranda Perry Fleischer

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A Mock Funeral for a First Amendment Double Standard: Containing Coercion in Secondary Labor Boycotts, Dan Ganin

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Claiming Innocence, Brandon L. Garrett

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Toward a Robust Separation of Powers: Recapturing the Judiciary's Role at Sentencing, Hans H. Grong

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Fighting Women: The Military, Sex, and Extrajudicial Constitutional Change, Jill Elaine Hasday

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Beyond Incoherence: The Roberts Court's Deregulatory Turn in FEC V. Wisconsin Right to Life, Richard L. Hasen

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Gagging on the First Amendment: Assessing Challenges to the Reauthorization Act's Nondisclosure Provision, Kyle Hawkins

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Property Rights and the Efficient Exploitation of Copyrighted Works: An Empirical Analysis of Public Domain and Copyrighted Fiction Bestsellers, Paul J. Heald

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Striking a Balance: An Open Courts Analysis of the Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act, Lindsey J. Hopper

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Blight and Its Discontents: Awarding Attorney's Fees to Property Owners in Redevelopment Actions, Noreen E. Johnson

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Capturing the Ghost: Expanding Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11 to Solve Procedural Concerns with Ghostwriting, Jeffrey P. Justman

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When the Invention Is an Inventor: Revitalizing Patentable Subject Matter to Exclude Unpredictable Processes, Peter M. Kohlhepp

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The Gift That Keeps on Taking: How Federal Banking Laws Prevent States from Enforcing Gift Card Laws, Y. Angela Lam

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Patent Licensing and Discretion: Reevaluating the Discretionary Prong of Declaratory Judgment Jurisdiction after Medimmune, Paul J. LaVanway Jr.

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Courtroom Demeanor: The Theater of the Courtroom, Laurie L. Levenson

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More Is Not Always Better Than Less: An Exploration in Property Law, Daphna Lewinsohn-Zamir

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How Wal-Mart Fights Unions, Nelson Lichtenstein

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Minimum Wages and Low-Wage Workers: How Well Does Reality Match the Rhetoric?, David Neumark and William Wascher

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Usury Law, Payday Loans, and Statutory Sleight of Hand: Salience Distortion in American Credit Pricing Limits, Christopher L. Peterson

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The Rules Enabling Act and the Procedural-Substantive Tension: A Lesson in Statutory Interpretation, Martin H. Redish and Dennis Murashko

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The Mythical Divide between Collateral and Direct Consequences of Criminal Convictions: Involuntary Commitment of "Sexually Violent Predators", Jenny Roberts

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Removing the Judicial Gag Rule: A Proposal for Changing Judicial Speech Regulations to Encourage Public Discussion of Active Cases, Michael D. Schoepf

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Protecting Financial Markets: Lessons from the Subprime Mortgage Meltdown, Steven L. Schwarcz

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Interpreting the Law of War: Rewriting the Rules of Engagement to Police Iraq, Karen P. Seifert

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Moving from "Broken Windows" to Healthy Neighborhood Policy: Reforming Urban Nuisance Law in Public and Private Sectors, Bryan M. Seiler

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The Low-Wage Worker: Legal Rights--Legal Realities, Bryan M. Seiler, Laura J. Cooper, and Catherine L. Fisk

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Holdup, Royalty Stacking, and the Presumption of Injunctive Relief for Patent Infringement: A Reply to Lemley and Shapiro, J. Gregory Sidak

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The Publicization of Home-Based Care Work in State Labor Law, Peggie R. Smith

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Why the Motion to Dismiss Is Now Unconstitutional, Suja A. Thomas

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The Legacy of Bryan V. Itasca County: How an Erroneous $147 County Tax Notice Helped Bring Tribes $200 Billion in Indian Gaming Revenue, Kevin K. Washburn

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Remedies for Undocumented Noncitizens in the Workplace: Using International Law to Narrow the Holding of Hoffman Plastic Compounds, Inc. V. NLRB, David Weissbrodt

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Labor Law after Legalization, Michael J. Wishnie

Submissions from 2007

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Immigration Law and the Regulation of Marriage, Kerry Abrams

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Hamdan and Common Article 3: Did the Supreme Court Get It Right?, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

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Foreword, Shana Bachman

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The Death of FISA, William C. Banks

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The Perfect Storm of Retirement Insecurity: Fixing the Three-Legged Stool of Social Security, Pensions, and Personal Savings, Stephen F. Befort

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Parental Support of Adult Children with Disabilities, Sande L. Buhai

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When Judges Lie (And When They Should), Paul Butler

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The Scientific Study of Judicial Activism, Frank B. Cross and Stefanie A. Lindquist

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The Untold Story of Al Qaeda's Administrative Law Dilemmas, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar

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Beyond Liability: Rewarding Effective Gatekeepers, Lawrence A. Cunningham

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How the Presumption Against Extraterritoriality Has Created a Gap in Environmental Protection at the 49Th Parallel, João C. J. G. de Medeiros

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Congress, the Supreme Court, and Enemy Combatants: How Lawmakers Buoyed Judicial Supremacy by Placing Limits on Federal Court Jurisdiction, Neal Devins

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No Free Parking: Obtaining Relief from Trademark-Infringing Domain Name Parking, Elizabeth M. Flanagan

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Integrating Investment Treaty Conflict and Dispute Systems Design, Susan D. Franck

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To Fix or Not to Fix: Copyright's Fixation Requirement and the Rights of Theatrical Collaborators, Carrie Ryan Gallia

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An Anti-Authoritarian Constitution? Four Notes, Patrick O. Gudridge

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The Executive Reports, We Decide: The Constitutionality of an Executive Branch Question and Report Period, Alex Hontos

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From Deference to Restraint: Using the Chevron Framework to Evaluate Presidential Signing Statements, David C. Jenson

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Immigration Reform, National Security after September 11, and the Future of North American Integration, Kevin R. Johnson and Bernard Trujillo

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Revisiting Dreyfus: A More Complete Account of a Trial by Mathematics, D.H. Kaye

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"Macro-Transparency" as Structural Directive: A Look at the NSA Surveillance Controversy, Heidi Kitrosser

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Punitive Damages and Valuing Harm, Alexandra B. Klass

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Can Our Culture Be Saved? The Future of Digital Archiving, Diane Leenheer Zimmerman

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The Preventive Paradigm and the Perils of Ad Hoc Balancing, Jules Lobel

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A Simple Statutory Solution to Minority Oppression in the Closely Held Business, John H. Matheson and R. Kevin Maler

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The Bill of Rights in the Early State Courts, Jason Mazzone

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An Unacceptable Exception: The Ramifications of Physician Immunity from Medical Procedure Patent Infringement Liability, Emily C. Melvin

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Clear Support or Cause for Suspicion? a Critique of Collective Scienter in Securities Litigation, Kevin M. O'Riordan

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Citizen Journalism and the Reporter's Privilege, Mary-Rose Papandrea

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State Habeas Relief for Federal Extrajudicial Detainees, Todd E. Pettys

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Sex Torts, Deana A. Pollard

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Concordance and Conflict in Intuitions of Justice, Paul H. Robinson and Robert Kurzban

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Crossing the Color Line: Racial Migration and the One-Drop Rule, 1600-1860, Daniel J. Sharfstein

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Rewriting Rule 68: Realizing the Benefits of the Federal Settlement Rule by Injecting Certainty into Offers of Judgment, Danielle M. Shelton

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Judicial Interpretation in the Cost-Benefit Crucible, Jonathan R. Siegel

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Why Supreme Court Justices Should Ride Circuit Again, David R. Stras

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Protecting Communities from Unwarranted Environmental Risks: A NEPA Solution for ICCTA Preemption, Shata L. Stucky

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The Political Constitution of Emergency Powers: Some Lessons from Hamdan, Mark Tushnet

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Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang: How Current Approaches to Guns and Domestic Violence Fail to Save Women's Lives, Jennifer L. Vainik

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A New Vision of Public Enforcement, Michael Waterstone

Submissions from 2006

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Continuing the Path to Excellence: University of Minnesota Law School Dean Alex M. Johnson, Jr., Edward S. Adams