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 2006

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Giving Lawrence Its Due: How the Eleventh Circuit Underestimated the Due Process Implications of Lawrence V. Texas in Lofton V. Secretary of the Department of Children & Family Services, Megan Backer

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It's a Bird, It's a Plane, No, It's Super Precedent: A Response to Farber and Gerhardt, Randy E. Barnett

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Establishing a Substantial Limitation in Interacting with Others: A Call for Clearer Guidance from the EEOC, Lisa M. Benrud-Larson

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Pharmacist Refusals: Dispensing (With) Religious Accommodation under Title VII, Amy Bergquist

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Reintroducing Circuit Riding: A Timely Proposal, Steven G. Calabresi and David C. Presser

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"Don't Read This If It's Not for You": The Legal Inadequacies of Modern Approaches to E-Mail Privacy, Joshua L. Colburn

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A Certain Mongrel Court: Congress's Past Power and Present Potential to Reinforce the Supreme Court, Ross E. Davies

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Should the Supreme Court Fear Congress?, Neal Devins

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The Jurisdictional Heritage of the Grand Jury Clause, Roger A. Fairfax Jr.

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The Rule of Law and the Law of Precedents, Daniel A. Farber

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Juveniles' Competence to Exercise Miranda Rights: An Empirical Study of Policy and Practice, Barry C. Feld

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An Embedded Options Theory of Indefinite Contracts, George S. Geis

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Super Precedent, Michael J. Gerhardt

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Reformulating the Miranda Warnings in Light of Contemporary Law and Understandings, Mark A. Godsey

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Permissive Rules of Professional Conduct, Bruce A. Green and Fred C. Zacharias

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Compulsory Process and the War on Terror: A Proposed Framework, Megan A. Healy

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The Need for Mead: Rejecting Tax Exceptionalism in Judicial Deference, Kristin E. Hickman

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The Limits of Their World, Robert Hockett

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The "Duty" to Be a Rational Shareholder, David A. Hoffman

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A Psychology of Emotional Legal Decision Making: Revulsion and Saving Face in Legal Theory and Practice, Peter H. Huang and Christopher J. Anderson

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From House to Home: Creating a Right to Early Lease Termination for Domestic Violence Victims, Anne C. Johnson

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The Police Power Revisited: Phantom Incorporation and the Roots of the Takings "Muddle", Bradley C. Karkkainen

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Government Regulation of Irrationality: Moral and Cognitive Hazards, Jonathan Klick and Gregory Mitchell

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Terms of Use, Mark A. Lemley

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The Anticompetitive Effects of Unenforced Invalid Patents, Christopher R. Leslie

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In Defense of Redistribution Through Private Law, Daphna Lewinsohn-Zamir

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Evaluating the Integraty of Biotechnology Research Tools: Merck V. Integra and the Scope of 35 U.S.C. § 271(E)(1), Michael R. Mischnick

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Fruit of the Poison Tree: A First Amendment Analysis of the History and Character of Intelligent Design Education, Todd R. Olin

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Representative Government, Representative Court? The Supreme Court as a Representative Body, Angela Onwuachi-Willig

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The Problem of Authority: Revisiting the Service Conception, Joseph Raz

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The Supreme Court, the Rules Enabling Act, and the Politicization of the Federal Rules: Constitutional and Statutory Implications, Martin H. Redish and Uma M. Amuluru

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Embracing Equity: A New Remedy for Wrongful Health Insurance Denials, E. Daniel Robinson

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Why the Defense of Marriage Act Is Not (Yet?) Unconstitutional: Lawrence, Full Faith and Credit, and the Many Societal Actors That Determine What the Constitution Requires, Mark D. Rosen

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Determining a Corporation's Principal Place of Business: A Uniform Approach to Diversity Jurisdiction, Lindsey D. Saunders

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The Marshall Court and the Originalist's Dilemma, Peter J. Smith

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What Doth It Profit? Pelikan's Parallels, Steven D. Smith

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The Supreme Court and Its Shrinking Docket: The Ghost of William Howard Taft, Kenneth W. Starr

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The Future of the Legal Profession, Robert A. Stein

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The Incentives Approach to Judicial Retirement, David R. Stras

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Foreword, David R. Stras and Karla Vehrs

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Increasing E-Quality in Rural America: U.S. Spectrum Policy and Adverse Possession, Lindsey L. Tonsager

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When Is Knowing Less Better Than Knowing More? Unpacking the Controversy over Supreme Court Reference to Non-U.S. Law, Mark Tushnet

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Political Constraints on Supreme Court Reform, Adrian Vermeule

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Third-Party Copyright Liability after Grokster, Alfred C. Yen

Submissions from 2005

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A Theory of Copyright's Derivative Right and Related Doctrines, Michael Abramowicz

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Meet Me at the (West Coast) Hotel: The Lochner Era and the Demise of Roe V. Wade, Jason A. Adkins

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Grading Justice Kennedy: A Reply to Professor Carpenter, Randy E. Barnett

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Deconstructing the Law Library: The Wisdom of Meredith Willson, Robert C. Berring

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The First Amendment on the Tracks: Should Justice Breyer Be at the Switch?, Lillian R. BeVier

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Playing with "Monopoly Money": Phony Profits, Fraud Penalties and Equity, Craig M. Boise

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Retaliation, Deborah L. Brake

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The Value of Institutions and the Values of Free Speech, Dale Carpenter

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Marriage Licenses, Mary Anne Case

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Arresting DNA: Privacy Expectations of Free Citizens Versus Post-Convicted Persons and the Unconstitutionality of DNA Dragnets, Aaron B. Chapin

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Mastering Eliot's Paradox: Fostering Cultural Memory in an Age of Illusion and Allusion, Jim Chen

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The Genius of One Million Volumes, Kathleen Chen

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Viewing September 11 Through the Lens of History, Carol L. Chomsky

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Federalizing Foreign Relations: The Case for Expansive Federal Jurisdiction in Private International Litigation, Andrew W. Davis

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Conflicting Visions and Contested Baselines: Intellectual Property and Free Speech in the "Digital Millennium", Daniel A. Farber

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Earthquakes and Tremors in Statutory Interpretation: An Empirical Study of the Dynamics of Interpretation, Daniel A. Farber

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Excessive Prison Sentences, Punishment Goals, and the Eighth Amendment: "Proportionality" Relative to What?, Richard S. Frase

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An Economic Theory of Infrastructure and Commons Management, Brett M. Frischmann

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The First Amendment's Biggest Threat, Michael J. Gerhardt

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What Does "Religion" Mean in the Public Square?, Marci A. Hamilton

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Synergy and Serendipity, Joan S. Howland

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Crisis at Sea: Strengthening Government Regulation to Save Marine Fisheries, Nicola Kieves

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Respecting Religious Liberty: Why Rluipa Does Not Violate the Establishment Clause, Matthew D. Krueger

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Lawyers, Justice, and the Challenge of Moral Pluralism, Katherine R. Kruse

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Evaluating Bundled Discounts, Thomas A. Lambert

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Generic Constitutional Law, David S. Law

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Adding Insult to Injury: ERISA, Knudson, and the Error of the Possession Theory, David D. Leishman

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Re-Marking the Progress in Frischmann, Lawrence Lessig

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Substantive Due Process as a Source of Constitutional Protection for Nonpolitical Speech, Gregory P. Magarian

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Socratic Method and the Irreducible Core of Legal Education, Donald G. Marshall

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Approximately Speech, David McGowan

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Monopolization, Exclusion, and the Theory of the Firm, Alan J. Meese

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Taxing the Promise to Pay, Gregg D. Polsky and Brant J. Hellwig

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Foreign Affairs and the Jeffersonian Executive: A Defense, Saikrishna B. Prakash and Michael D. Ramsey

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Towards an Institutional First Amendment, Frederick Schauer

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Temporal Perspectives: Resolving the Conflict between Current and Future Investors, Steven L. Schwarcz

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Taking Riggs Seriously: The ATCA Case Against a Corporate Abettor of Pinochet Atrocities, Shaw W. Scott

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Justice Holmes, Buck V. Bell, and the History of Equal Protection, Stephen A. Siegel

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Unsubsidizing Suburbia, Nicole Stelle Garnett

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Tax Increment Financing: Public Use or Private Abuse?, Alyson Tomme

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Minnesota Rails-To-Trails on the Line in State V. Hess, Karla Vehrs

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Introduction to Socratic Method and the Irreducible Core of Legal Education, David Weissbrodt

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Setting Sail with the Charming Betsy: Enforcing the International Court of Justice's Avena Judgment in Federal Habeas Corpus Proceedings, Laura A. Young

Submissions from 2004

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Abandonments in Bankruptcy: Unifying Competing Tax and Bankruptcy Policies, Michelle Arnopol Cecil

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The Positive in the Fundamental Right to Marry: Same-Sex Marriage in the Aftermath of Lawrence V. Texas, Carlos A. Ball

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Voting--Not Quite a Fundamental Right? a Look at Legal and Legislative Challenges to Felon Disfranchisement Laws, Angela Behrens

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Pipeline Gathering in an Unbundled World: How FERC's Response to "Spin Down" Threatens Competition in the Natural Gas Industry, David V. Bryce

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Giving Repose to the Exhaustion Doctrine: An Argument for More Exceptions to Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies in the Context of the University of Minnesota Grievance Procedure, Jennifer Callahan Berry

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Is Lawrence Libertarian?, Dale Carpenter

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A Vision Softly Creeping: Congressional Acquiescence and the Dormant Commerce Clause, Jim Chen

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Mayteenth, Jim Chen

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Seeking Truth for Power: Informational Strategy and Regulatory Policymaking, Cary Coglianese, Richard Zeckhauser, and Edward Parson

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Ease over Accuracy in Assessing Patent Settlements, Daniel A. Crane

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Arming the Gun Industry: A Critique of Proposed Legislation Shielding the Gun Industry from Liability, Elizabeth T. Crouse

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The Dormant Commerce Clause Doctrine: Prolegomenon to a Defense, Brannon P. Denning

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Lawrence's Jurisprudence of Tolerance: Judicial Review to Lower the Stakes of Identity Politics, William N. Eskridge Jr.