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Judge Gorsuch and the Fourth Amendment

by  Sophie J. Hart & Dennis M. Martin  

Introduction Before Justice Scalia, pragmatic balancing tests dominated the Court’s Fourth Amendment doctrine. But by 2008, Justice Scalia had succeeded in reframing the Court’s analysis. In an opinion joined by seven other Justices, he wrote: “In determining whether a search or seizure is unreasonable, we begin with history. We look to the statutes and common…

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Restraint and the Rights of Criminal Defendants

Judge Gorsuch on the Sixth Amendment
by  Abbee Cox & Katherine Moy  

Introduction Whatever openness to the claims of criminal defendants Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch may have displayed in his Fourth Amendment decisions finds no counterpart in his opinions touching on Sixth Amendment rights. In each of the four cases in which Judge Gorsuch has dissented on Sixth Amendment grounds, his desired holding would have…

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Judge Gorsuch and the Future of Immigration Deference

by  Matthew Sellers  

Introduction If the first couple of months of the Trump Administration are any guide, immigration will be front and center before the Supreme Court in coming terms. How a future Justice Gorsuch might rule on the thorny questions of administrative law, due process, and executive power that these cases raise will turn on how much…

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Judge Gorsuch and Civil Rights

A Restrictive Reading
by  Maria Buxton, Hannah Kieschnick & Robyn D. Levin  

Introduction Upon the announcement of his nomination to the United States Supreme Court, Judge Gorsuch said that “[a] judge who likes every outcome he reaches is very likely a bad judge . . . stretching for results he prefers rather than those the law demands.” This notion is central to his jurisprudence. Judge Gorsuch hews closely to a…

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Judge Gorsuch on Qualified Immunity

by  Shannon M. Grammel  

Introduction In the wake of Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, there has been much buzz about his 2016 dissent in a case involving a seventh grader arrested for burping during gym class. The Tenth Circuit shielded the arresting officer from suit, granting him qualified immunity. Judge Gorsuch disagreed: “Respectfully, I…

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If Goliath Falls

Judge Gorsuch and the Administrative State
by  Trevor W. Ezell & Lloyd Marshall  

Introduction When it comes to Judge Gorsuch’s views on administrative law, the focus has been on one opinion—his concurrence in Gutierrez-Brizuela v. Lynch. In addition to authoring the majority opinion, Judge Gorsuch concurred separately to air concerns over Chevron’s rule requiring courts to defer to the judgments of executive agencies. “We managed to live with…

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Judge Gorsuch on Antitrust

by  Rachel Frank  

Introduction With a career spanning the Justice Department, private practice, and the bench, Judge Gorsuch would bring to the Supreme Court an antitrust background comparable to that of former Justice John Paul Stevens. His background demonstrates a suspicion of unilateral theories of liability and a preference for bright-line rules that points to him leading the…

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Justice Scalia’s Heir Apparent?

Judge Gorsuch’s Approach to Textualism and Originalism
by  Max Alderman & Duncan Pickard  

Introduction Numerous commentators argue that, if confirmed, Justice Neil Gorsuch would follow the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s signature methodological contributions: originalism and textualism. Indeed, Judge Gorsuch styles himself as a judge in Justice Scalia’s vein. In a tribute to the late Justice, he responded to Justice Scalia’s critics by arguing that “an assiduous focus on…

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Rights, Facts, and Relevant Inquiries

Surveying Judge Neil M. Gorsuch’s Employment Law Jurisprudence
by  Camille E. Peeples  

Introduction What consequences will the 2016 election have for employment and labor law? President Trump’s potential policies are uncertain, especially given Andrew Puzder’s withdrawal and Alexander Acosta’s nomination as Labor Secretary. Consequently, Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil M. Gorsuch’s past Tenth Circuit decisions may be increasingly of interest. This Essay presents a brief overview of…

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American Pipe Tolling, Statutes of Repose, and Protective Filings

An Empirical Study
by  David Freeman Engstrom & Jonah B. Gelbach  

I. American Pipe Tolling and the Problem of Protective Filings In American Pipe & Construction Co. v. Utah, the Supreme Court wisely rationalized class action law and policy under Rule 23 by holding that the filing of a class action complaint “suspends the applicable statute of limitations as to all asserted members of the class…

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Gotta Collect It All!

Surveillance Law Lessons of Pokémon Go
by  Brandon R. Teachout  

Days after the release of the mobile game Pokémon Go, a privacy flap ensued from press reports revealing that users on Apple phones who logged in through a Google account had unwittingly granted the developer, Niantic, access to their entire Google account. Moreover, the application’s (app’s) privacy policy allowed Niantic to disclose any information it…

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A Loophole Large Enough to Drive an Autonomous Vehicle Through

The ADA’s “New Van” Provision and the Future of Access to Transportation
by  Bryan Casey  

“If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family Anatidœ on our hands.” —Douglas Adams Introduction In August 2016, Uber startled the world by announcing that its customers would soon have a small chance of…

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The Genius of the Personal Benefit Test

by  Jonathan R. Macey  

Introduction On October 5, when the U.S. Supreme Court hears Salman v. United States, it will focus on the role of the “personal benefit” test in insider trading law for the first time since the test was established in the now iconic 1983 case Dirks v. SEC. Dirks reaffirmed the principle that trading on the…

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The SEC, Administrative Usurpation, and Insider Trading

by  A.C. Pritchard  

The history of insider trading law is a tale of administrative usurpation and legislative acquiescence. Congress has never enacted a prohibition against insider trading, much less defined it. Instead, the SEC has led in defining insider trading, albeit without the formality of rulemaking, and subject to varying degrees of oversight by the courts. The reason…

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Family Ties

Salman and the Scope of Insider Trading
by  Jill E. Fisch  

Introduction This fall, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear argument in Salman v. United States to consider the scope of insider trading liability under the federal securities laws. Specifically, the Court will consider the legal standard for tippee liability, a standard that it first articulated in its 1983 decision in Dirks v. SEC. Dirks considered…

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Informational Cronyism

by  Donald C. Langevoort  

I. The Issues in Salman If Maher Kara, the Citigroup analyst at the center of the Salman case now before the Supreme Court, was forbidden under SEC Rule 10b-5 from trading securities for his own account while in possession of the valuable secrets to which his job gave him access, should he instead be able…

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Salman v. United States

Insider Trading’s Tipping Point?
by  Donna M. Nagy  

The Supreme Court’s 2016 term officially begins on the first Monday in October. But corporate insiders, securities analysts, and professional traders (as well as securities lawyers and scholars) are focusing their attention on Wednesday, October 5, when the Court, for the first time in nearly two decades, will hear argument in an insider trading case.…

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Bakke to the Future

Affirmative Action After Fisher
by  Yuvraj Joshi  

Introduction On June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court announced its much-anticipated decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, allowing affirmative action in college admissions to continue. No single feature of Fisher surprised court watchers more than its author, Justice Anthony Kennedy. As Richard Primus wrote in the New York Times: “[T]he most deceptive…

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Data Institutionalism

A Reply to Andrew Woods
by  Zachary D. Clopton  

In Against Data Exceptionalism, Andrew Keane Woods explores “one of the greatest societal and technological shifts in recent years,” which manifests in the “same old” questions about government power. The global cloud is an important feature of modern technological life that has significant consequences for individual privacy, law enforcement, and governance. Yet, as Woods suggests,…

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Sexual Assault as a Law of War Violation and U.S. Service Members’ Duty to Report

by  Chris Jenks & Jay Morse  

Introduction This Essay considers when U.S. service members deployed to Afghanistan are obligated to report allegations of sexual assault by Afghan security forces (ASF) against Afghan nationals to the U.S. military. The answer requires applying a longstanding Department of Defense (DOD) policy for reporting law of war (LOW) violations and hinges on when sexual assault…

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