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 2004

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Morals-Based Justifications for Lawmaking: Before and after Lawrence V. Texas, Suzanne B. Goldberg

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Contracting Around Finality: Transforming Price V. Neal from Dictate to Default, Christopher M. Grengs and Edward S. Adams

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Are Torture Warrants Warranted? Pragmatic Absolutism and Official Disobedience, Oren Gross

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Balancing Ease and Accuracy in Assessing Pharmaceutical Exclusion Payments, Herbert Hovenkamp, Mark D. Janis, and Mark A. Lemley

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Living with Lawrence, Nan D. Hunter

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"New Governance" in Legal Thought and in the World: Some Splitting as Antidote to Overzealous Lumping, Bradley C. Karkkainen

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"Pricking the Lines": The Due Process Clause, Punitive Damages, and Criminal Punishment, Pamela S. Karlan

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Lawrence's Penumbra, Andrew Koppelman

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All Sports Are Not Created Equal: College Football and a Proposal to Amend the Title IX Proportionality Prong, Jay Larson

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Setting the Agenda for New Governance Research, Orly Lobel

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The Renew Deal: The Fall of Regulation and the Rise of Governance in Contemporary Legal Thought, Orly Lobel

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Against Mercy, Dan Markel

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Balancing State Budgets at a Cost to Fairness in Delinquency Proceedings, Andrea L. Martin

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Was Death Different Then Than It Is Now? the Opportunity Presented to the Supreme Court by Summerlin V. Stewart, Sarah C.S. McLaren

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Can't Cap Corporate Greed: Unintended Consequences of Trying to Control Executive Compensation Through the Tax Code, Ryan Miske

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The Age of Aquarius Or, How I (Almost) Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Free Markets, Lawrence E. Mitchell

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Reflections on Fifty Years of Progress in Civil Rights, Liberties, and Participation, Walter F. Mondale

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Double Crossed: Why the Newspaper/Broadcast Cross-Ownership Ban Remains Necessary in the Public Interest, Daniel C. Moore

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"Willful Blindness" to Gender-Based Violence Abroad: United States' Implementation of Article Three of the United Nations Convention Against Torture, Lori A. Nessel

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From Outlaws to Ingroup: Romer, Lawrence, and the Inevitable Normativity of Group Recognition, Miranda Oshige McGowan

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Regulating Oligopoly Conduct under the Antitrust Laws, Thomas A. Piraino Jr.

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Should "Un-American" Foreign Judgments Be Enforced?, Mark D. Rosen

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Exhumation Through Burial: How Challenging Casket Regulations Helped Unearth Economic Substantive Due Process in Craigmiles V. Giles, Anthony B. Sanders

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The Amazing, Elastic, Ever-Expanding Exportation Doctrine and Its Effect on Predatory Lending Regulation, Elizabeth R. Schiltz

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Minimum Contacts, No Dog: Evaluating Personal Jurisdiction for Nonparty Discovery, Ryan W. Scott

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Counteracting Theft and Fraud: The Applicability of Rico to Organized Retail Crime, Ryan Stai

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Moral Heuristics and Moral Framing, Cass R. Sunstein

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Clear Control: An Antitrust Analysis of Clear Channel's Radio and Concert Empire, Adam J. van Alstyne

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Reexamining Arbitral Immunity in an Age of Mandatory and Professional Arbitration, Maureen A. Weston

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Introduction, David B. Zucco

Submissions from 2003

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Dean E. Thomas Sullivan: Building a Stronger Foundation, Edward S. Adams

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Risk, Death and Harm: The Normative Foundations of Risk Regulation, Matthew D. Adler

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Patently Unconstitutional: The Geographical Limitation on Prior Art in a Small World, Margo A. Bagley

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Still Patently Unconstitutional: A Reply to Professor Nard, Margo A. Bagley

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Lessons of Yugoslav Rape Trials: A Role for Conspiracy Law in International Tribunals, Richard P. Barrett and Laura E. Little

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After Warren: Revisiting Taxpayer Standing and the Constitutionality of Parsonage Allowances, Phil Bednar

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Free Speech, Strict Scrutiny, and Self-Help: How Technology Upgrades Constitutional Jurisprudence, Tom W. Bell

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Why Antitrust Should Defer to the Intellectual Property Rules of Standard-Setting Organizations: A Commentary on Teece and Sherry, Michael A. Carrier

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Changing Scientific Evidence, Edward K. Cheng

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The Pragmatic Ecologist: Environmental Protection as a Jurisdynamic Experience, Jim Chen

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Beyond the Multiple Punishment Problem: Punitive Damages as Punishment for Individual, Private Wrongs, Thomas B. Colby

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Refining the "Presumptive Illegality" Approach to Settlements of Patent Disputes Involving Reverse Payments: A Commentary on Hovenkamp, Janis and Lemley, Thomas F. Cotter

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Why the Privileges and Immunities Clause of Article Iv Cannot Replace the Dormant Commerce Clause Doctrine, Brannon P. Denning

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Ecosystem Restoration: The New New Thing, Richard A. Duncan

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Building Bridges over Troubled Waters: Eco-Pragmatism and the Environmental Prospect, Daniel A. Farber

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Why (And How) Fairness Matters at the IP/Antitrust Interface, Daniel A. Farber and Brett H. McDonnell

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Race, Politics, and Juvenile Justice: The Warren Court and the Conservative "Backlash", Barry C. Feld

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Antitrust's Troubled Relations with Intellectual Property, Daniel J. Gifford

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Holmes and the Erosion of Exclusive Federal Jurisdiction over Patent Claims, Timothy E. Grimsrud

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The Paradox of (Eco)Pragmatism, Jamie A. Grodsky

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Bowling for Certainty: Picking Up the Seven-Ten Split by Pinning Down the Reasonableness of Reassignment after Barnett, Jared Hager

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The Life of the Party: Analyzing Political Parties' First Amendment Associational Rights When the Primary Election Process Is Construed Along a Continuum, Lauren Hancock

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Prosecution Laches in the Wake of Symbol Technologies: What Is "Unreasonable and Unexplained" Delay?, Michael T. Hawkins

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Mowing the Playing Field: Addressing Information Distortion and Asymmetry in the Trips Game, Paul J. Heald

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Minnesota Wild, Lisa Heinzerling

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A Rebuttable Presumption of Dedication: Protecting the Hard-Luck Patentee from Johnson & Johnston's Dedication Rule, Thomas R. Hipkins

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Returning to the Roots of Environmental Justice: Lessons from the Inequitable Distribution of Municipal Services, Sten-Erik Hoidal

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Anticompetitive Settlement of Intellectual Property Disputes, Herbert Hovenkamp, Mark Janis, and Mark A. Lemley

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Grade "A" Certified: The First Amendment Significance of Grading by Public University Professors, Jennifer L.M. Jacobs

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Frye Versus Daubert: Practically the Same?, Pamela J. Jensen

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Adaptive Ecosystem Management and Regulatory Penalty Defaults: Toward a Bounded Pragmatism, Bradley C. Karkkainen

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NEPA and Scientific Uncertainty: Using the Precautionary Principle to Bridge the Gap, Melanie E. Kleiss

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Environmental Tribalism, Douglas A. Kysar and James Salzman

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A Different Kind of "Republican Moment" in Environmental Law, Richard J. Lazarus

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The Economists' New Arguments, Brett H. McDonnell

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Has Java Changed Anything? The Sound and Fury of Innovation Litigation, David McGowan

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Vertical Restraints and Intellectual Property Law: Beyond Antitrust, Michael J. Meurer

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In Defense of Geographic Disparity, Craig Allen Nard

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An Incentives Approach to Patent Settlements: A Commentary on Hovenkamp, Janis and Lemley, Maureen A. O'Rourke and Joseph F. Brodley

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Antitrust and the Costs of Standard-Setting: A Commentary on Teece and Sherry, Mark R. Patterson

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A Fire without Smoke: The Elimination of the Direct Evidence Requirement for Mixed-Motive Employment Discrimination Cases in Costa V. Desert Palace, Inc., Kelly Pierce

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The End of Sham Issue Advocacy: The Case to Uphold Electioneering Communications in the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, Andrew Pratt

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The Extent of a Corporation's Ability to Constitute an Original Source under the False Claims Act--Minnesota Ass'n of Nurse Anesthetists V. Allina Health System Corp., Emily R. D. Pruisner

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Is the Endangered Species Act Eco-Pragmatic?, J.B. Ruhl

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Prophets, Priests, and Pragmatists, Christopher H. Schroeder

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Valuation Averaging: A New Procedure for Resolving Valuation Disputes, Keith Sharfman

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Slouching Toward Eden: The Eco-Pragmatic Challenges of Ecosystem Revival, A. Dan Tarlock

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Standards Setting and Antitrust, David J. Teece and Edward F. Sherry

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Reconsidering Legalism, Robin West

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Eco-Pragmatism and Ecology: What's Leopold Got to Do with It?, Amy J. Wildermuth

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Super-Sized with Fries: Regulating Religious Land Use in the Era of Megachurches, David B. Zucco

Submissions from 2002

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Power, Privacy and Thermal Imaging, Susan Bandes

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The Three Faces of Eve: Tortious Interference Claims in the Employment-at-Will Setting, Rebecca Bernhard

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Party Admissions in Criminal Cases: Should the Government Have to Eat Its Words?, Anne Bowen Poulin

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Same-Sex Marriage in South Africa: A Constitutional Possibility, Mary Patricia Byrn

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Introduction--Keeping Secrets, Dale Carpenter

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Lurking in the Shadows of Judicial Process: Special Masters in the Supreme Court's Original Jurisdiction Cases, Anne-Marie C. Carstens

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Collateral Estoppel of Claim Interpretation after Markman, Rachel Marie Clark

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The Freedom to Spend: The Case for Cash-Based Public Assistance, Martha B. Coven

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Crime and Consciousness: Science and Involuntary Acts, Deborah W. Denno

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Why Keep the Provocation Defense: Some Reflections on a Difficult Subject, Joshua Dressler

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Giving Full Faith and Credit to Punitive Damages Awards: Will Florida Rule the Nation, Michael Finch

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Facilitating Boycotts of Discriminatory Organizations Through an Informed Association Statute, Jennifer Gerarda Brown

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Personal Privacy and Common Goods: A Framework for Balancing under the National Health Information Privacy Rule, Lawrence O. Gostin and James G. Hodge Jr.

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HIPAA: Commercial Interests Win Round Two, Mike Hatch

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Surviving the View through the Lochner Looking Glass: Tahoe-Sierra and the Case for Upholding Development Moratoria, Dan Herber

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Medical Records and HIPAA: Is It Too Late to Protect Privacy, Peter D. Jacobson

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The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Information Privacy, and the Limits of Default Rules, Edward J. Janger and Paul M. Schwartz

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Payday Loans: Shrewd Business or Predatory Lending?, Creola Johnson

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Is This Really the End of Duty?: The Evolution of the Third Restatement of Torts, Jordan K. Kolar