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An Essay Concerning Toleration
(Minnesota Law Review, 1987)
This essay has suggested, through review of two recent works, how toleration theory can and cannot be used to provide a viable alternative to both moribund liberal ideas and the increasingly successful program of the new ...
Selective Judicial Activism in the Equal Protection Context: Democracy, Distrust, and Deconstruction
(Georgetown Law Journal, 1984)
The equal protection clause, ambiguous in its language and its history,' has over the last three decades been transformed from the "last resort of constitutional arguments' into a significant force in shaping the American ...
The Early Virginia Tradition of Extra-Textual Interpretation
(Albany Law Review, 1989)
Hogs Get Slaughtered at the Supreme Court
(The Supreme Court Review, 2011)
Class action plaintiffs lost two major five-to-four cases last Term, with potentially significant consequences for future class litigation: AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion and Wal-Mart v. Dukes. The tragedy is that the impact ...
The Four Pillars of Constitutional Doctrine
(Cardozo Law Review, 2011)
Constitutional interpretation, and thus constitutional doctrine, is inevitably controversial. Judges, scholars, lawyers, politicians, and the American public all disagree among themselves, not only about the correct ...
Wrong, Out of Step, and Pernicious: Erie as the Worst Decision of All Time
(Pepperdine Law Review, 2011)
This essay was written for “Supreme Mistakes: Exploring the Most Maligned Decisions in Supreme Court History.” A symposium on the worst Supreme Court decision of all time risks becoming an exercise best described by Claude ...
Foundational Facts and Doctrinal Change
(University of Illinois Law Review, 2011)
Doctrine is at the center of law and legal analysis. This Article argues that we have fundamentally misunderstood its nature. The conventional approach to legal doctrine focuses on theory and applications. What is the ...
Irresponsibility Breeds Contempt
(Green Bag 2D, 2002)
Everyone is picking on the Supreme Court these days. To be sure, some of the criticism is warranted: the Court has butchered history - to say nothing of constitutional text - in its attempt to interpret the Eleventh ...
Why We Need More Judicial Activism
(Green Bag, 2013)
Too much of a good thing can be bad, and democracy is no exception. In the United States, the antidote to what the drafters of the Constitution called “the excess of democracy” is judicial review. Lately, however, judicial ...
Hard Cases Make Good Judges
(Northwestern University Law Review, 2004)
Not every constitutional case requires recourse to first principles, and indeed, most require more subtlety than such recourse can produce. The Rehnquist Court's free speech cases provide an example of the benefits of a ...