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Volume 62, Issue 5


The Subjects of the Constitution

by  Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz

Two centuries after Marbury v. Madison, there remains a deep confusion about quite what a court is reviewing when it engages in judicial review. Conventional wisdom has it that judicial review is the review of certain legal objects: statutes, regulations. But strictly speaking, this is not quite right. The Constitution prohibits not objects but actions.…


The Pleading Problem

by  Adam Steinman

Federal pleading standards are in crisis. The Supreme Court's recent decisions in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly and Ashcroft v. Iqbal have the potential to upend civil litigation as we know it. What is urgently needed is a theory of pleading that can bring Twombly and Iqbal into alignment with the text of the Federal…


Dispatch from the Supreme Court Archives

Vagrancy, Abortion, and What the Links Between Them Reveal About the History of Fundamental Rights
by  Risa L. Goluboff

The title of this Essay is somewhat misleading. First of all, by Supreme Court archives, I do not mean the official documents of the Supreme Court as an institution. Rather, my dispatch heralds from the archives of individual Justices who have deposited their papers in a variety of institutions, most notably the Library of Congress.…


Modern Threats and the United Nations Security Council

No Time for Complacency (A Response to Professor Allen Weiner)
by  Alexander Benard & Paul J. Leaf

In a recent Article, Stanford Law School Professor Allen Weiner argues that the existing United Nations (U.N.) framework for authorizing the use of force adequately empowers the United States to deal with challenges presented by international terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). According to Professor Weiner, "the interests of the Permanent…


Risk, Everyday Intuitions, and the Institutional Value of Tort Law

by  Govind C. Persad

This Note offers a normative critique of cost-benefit analysis, one informed by deontological moral theory, in the context of the debate over whether tort litigation or a non-tort approach is the appropriate response to mass harm. The first Part argues that the difference between lay and expert intuitions about risk and harm often reflects a…


“No Taxation Without Representation” in the American Woman Suffrage Movement

by  Juliana Tutt

"No taxation without representation" has lasting appeal as a political catchphrase. But the impact of the motto is limited if it is not accompanied by striking actions or persuasive arguments. In this Note, I examine the problems that American woman suffragists encountered when they tried to put "no taxation without representation" to use, both in…