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Legal Theory Blog

Covers constitutional theory, feminist legal theory, law and economics, normative legal theory and more. By University of Illinois Professor Lawrence B. Solum.

http://lsolum.typepad.com/legaltheory/
  • May 25

    Kovvali on Seminole Rock Reform

    Kovvali on Seminole Rock Reform
    Aneil Kovvali (Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz) has posted Context-Specific Seminole Rock Reform (Florida State University Law Review, Forthcoming) on SSRN. Here is the abstract: Under Bowles v. Seminole Rock, courts will defer to an…
  • May 25

    Bustamante on Postema & Dworkin on Interpretation

    Bustamante on Postema & Dworkin on Interpretation
    Thomas Bustamante (Federal University of Minas Gerais (Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG)) has posted Revisiting the Idea of Protestant Interpretation: Towards Reconciliation between Dworkin and Postema on SSRN. Here is the abstract:…
  • May 25

    Allan on the Hart-Devlin Debate

    Allan on the Hart-Devlin Debate
    James Allan (The University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law) has posted Revisiting the Hart-Devlin Debate on SSRN. Here is the abstract: The article reconsiders the Hart-Devlin debate. It begins with some peripheral observations not…
Rank this Week: 19

The Right Coast

The Right Coast

Thoughts from San Diego on law, politics, and culture. By Thomas A. Smith.

http://rightcoast.typepad.com/rightcoast/
  • May 25

    The Real Constitutional Crisis - WSJ

    The Real Constitutional Crisis - WSJ
    Democrats and their media allies are again shouting “constitutional crisis,” this time claiming President Trump has waded too far into the Russia investigation. The howls are a diversion from the actual crisis: the Justice…
  • May 21

    The Zipf Mystery

    The Zipf Mystery
  • May 21

    Did Obama Admin Spy On Trump Using Flimsy Evidence? Let's Find Out

    Did Obama Admin Spy On Trump Using Flimsy Evidence? Let's Find Out
    If the Justice Department and FBI are, as we’ve been told incessantly over the past year, not merely patriots but consummate professionals incapable of being distracted by partisanship or petty Washington intrigues, why are Donald…
Rank this Week: 58

Point of Law Forum

Point of Law Forum

Provides information and opinion on the U.S. litigation system. By the Manhattan Institute and AEI Liability Project. Contributors include Professors Michael Krauss, David Bernstein, Lester Brickman, Michael DeBow, Richard Epstein, Daniel P. Kessler and Stephen Presser.

http://www.pointoflaw.com/
  • Nov 27

    Chairman Schapiro's Troubled Tenure at the SEC

    Chairman Schapiro's Troubled Tenure at the SEC
    Chairman Schapiro announced yesterday that she will be stepping down as head of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in several weeks. Accompanying her announcement, was a nine-page list of her accomplishments during her nearly…
  • Nov 26

    The Philadelphia Story

    The Philadelphia Story
    The success of trial lawyers in Philadelphia has come at the expense of the Pennsylvania economy. Our own Jim Copland explains in an op-ed and at great detail in Trial Lawyers Inc. - Philadelphia....
  • Nov 25

    Senator-elect Warren's Quandary

    Senator-elect Warren's Quandary
    There has been a lot of speculation about whether Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren will get a seat on the Senate Banking Committee, a perfect forum to go after the financial industry. If Ms. Warren does get the coveted spot, she may...
Rank this Week: 92

Tillers on Evidence and Inference

Tillers on Evidence and Inference

The evidence blog of Professor Peter Tillers of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.

http://tillerstillers.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 28

    Reproducibility of Social Science Experiment

    Reproducibility of Social Science Experiment
    Ian Sample, Study delivers bleak verdict on validity of psychology experiment results The Guardian (August 27, 2015) &&& The dynamic evidence page Evidence marshaling software MarshalPlan
  • Aug 26

    Racial Profiiling & Gangsta Rap as Evidence in Criminal Investigations & Trial

    Racial Profiiling & Gangsta Rap as Evidence in Criminal Investigations & Trial
    Wishful thinking pervades discussions of the evidentiary use of both racial profiling and "gangsta rap" in criminal investigations and trials. Compare, e.g., Holmes v. State,  306 P.3d 415  (2013) (gangsta rap lyrics held…
  • Aug 13

    "As [Peter Tillers] explains, among the…

    "As [Peter Tillers] explains, among the reasons character evidence is excluded is that such evidence 'violates a social commitment to the thesis that each person remains mentally free and autonomous at every point in [his] life.'" Andrew…
Rank this Week: 371

BlawgConomics

BlawgConomics

Explores the intersection of law and economics. By Joshua Sturtevant.

http://blawgconomics.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 5

    The Problem with Libertarianism

    The Problem with Libertarianism
    Libertarianism has created some excitement among the American masses recently in lock-step with the perception that government interference in citizens' lives is on the rise. However, opponents like to point out that libertarianism…
  • Nov 4

    Obamacare Proving My Point Better Than I Ever Could

    Obamacare Proving My Point Better Than I Ever Could
    I have spoken unfavorably about Obamacare many times on this page. While I didn't like the voting process related to it, the forced coverage language or the taxes and the rising costs that would necessarily be associated…
  • Nov 2

    The Price of Liberty...

    The Price of Liberty...
    I had to make a quick stop into the office this morning. Unfortunately, part of the Metro system I would have taken was closed. Fear not dear readers - this was due to weekend track work, not a lesser-reported government…
Rank this Week: 436

Journal of Law, Economics & Policy

Journal of Law, Economics & Policy

From George Mason University School of Law.

http://jlep.net/home/
  • Mar 4

    JLEP Congratulates Its 2018-2019 Incoming Masthead

    JLEP Congratulates Its 2018-2019 Incoming Masthead
    2018-2019 Editorial Board   Editor-in-Chief Emily Yu   Executive Editor Brandon Howell   Managing Editor Rebecca Jodidio Publications Editor Chris Marchese Submissions Editor Katherine McKerall Senior Notes Editors Casey Hunt…
  • May 25

    JLEP Congratulates Its 2017-2018 Incoming Masthead

    JLEP Congratulates Its 2017-2018 Incoming Masthead
    2017-2018 Editorial Board Editor-in-Chief Bonnie Kelly Executive Editor Steven Horn Managing & Publications Editor Erich Grome Articles Editor Samantha Trussel Notes Editor Brian Silver Research & Articles Selection Editor…
  • Sep 4

    JLEP Welcomes its New Candidate Member

    JLEP Welcomes its New Candidate Member
    The Journal of Law, Economics & Policy would like to announce and welcome its 2015-2016 Candidate Members.  Congratulations! Abby Chestnut Allison Curry Anshika Mehrotra Blake Browning Christian Nee David Showalter…
Rank this Week: 851

Federalist Society Multimedia…

Federalist Society Multimedia Archive

Audio of recent events, speeches and conferences of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.

http://www.fed-soc.org/publications/page/multimedia-from-past-federalist-society-events-2014
  • Aug 14

    Occupational Licensing, Antitrust, and Innovation 8-9-2017

    Occupational Licensing, Antitrust, and Innovation 8-9-2017
    Regulatory Transparency ProjectEvery state has laws or regulations that require individuals seeking to offer a certain service to the public first to obtain approval from the state before they may operate in the state. Recent years have seen…
  • Jul 28

    2017 Annual Supreme Court Round Up 7-13-2017

    2017 Annual Supreme Court Round Up 7-13-2017
    Washington, DC Lawyers ChapterOn July 13, 2017, Miguel Estrada of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP delivered the Annual Supreme Court Round Up at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.Featuring:Mr. Miguel Estrada, Gibson Dunn…
  • Jul 13

    The Constitutional War Powers of the Executive and Legislative Branches 7-7-2017

    The Constitutional War Powers of the Executive and Legislative Branches 7-7-2017
    Article I InitiativeWhat kind of war power does the Constitution grant the President and Congress? What limitations apply to each branch concerning the power to declare war and the use of military force? Over time, how has the Framers’…
Rank this Week: 1025

Nexus

Nexus

Chapman's Journal of Law and Public Policy

http://www.lawschoolblog.org/
  • Jan 10

    How to Choose a Law School

    How to Choose a Law School
    How to Choose a Law School So by now you’ve wrapped up your undergrad and passed your LSAT. Now it’s time to find a law school, which in and of itself is a daunting task. Everyone and their mother is still clawing their way to an…
  • Jan 10

    The Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court
    The Supreme Court…
  • Jan 10

    All about Law School

    All about Law School
    Here is where I will be writing all about law school.
Rank this Week: 474

The Becker-Posner Blog

The Becker-Posner Blog

A law and economics blog by University of Chicago Law School Professors Gary Becker and Senior Lecturer Judge Richard Posner

http://uchicagolaw.typepad.com/beckerposner/
  • May 10

    Farewell

    Farewell
    In memoriam: Gary S. Becker, 1930-2014. The Becker-Posner blog is terminated. Richard A. Posner
  • Mar 14

    Sabbatical Notice

    Sabbatical Notice
    Starting this weekend, we will be taking a one-month sabbatical from blogging. We will resume at the end of that period.
  • Mar 3

    The Embargo of Cuba: Time to Go- Becker

    The Embargo of Cuba: Time to Go- Becker
    The US embargo of Cuba began in 1960, a year after Fidel Castro turned this island toward communism. It was extended to food and medicines in 1962, the same year as the showdown with Russia over the installation of missiles there. The embargo…
Rank this Week: 748

Religious Left Law

Religious Left Law

Politically progressive law professors from various religious traditions discuss law and cognate subjects from their unique perspectives: Legal theory, politics, and comparative theology.

http://www.religiousleftlaw.com/
Rank this Week: 4191

Law and Humanities Blog

Law and Humanities Blog

An independent blog supporting law and humanities activities and scholarship, including the work of the Law and Humanities Institute. Posts discuss law and the arts, law and history, and occasionally law and social sciences, and law and science. The blog posts calls for papers, news of conferences, special events, and other items of interest to those in the field.

http://lawlit.blogspot.com/
  • May 25

    Mirow on Spanish Law and Its Expansion

    Mirow on Spanish Law and Its Expansion
    M. C. Mirow, Florida International University, College of Law, is publishing Spanish Law and Its Expansion in the Oxford Handbook of European Legal History (Pihlajamäki, Dubber & Godfrey, eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018)…
  • May 25

    Shaviro on Gilded Age Literature and Inequality @DanielShaviro

    Shaviro on Gilded Age Literature and Inequality @DanielShaviro
    Daniel Shaviro, New York University School of Law, has published Gilded Age Literature and Inequality. Here is the abstract. We are an intensely social species, and often a rivalrous one, prone to measuring ourselves in terms of others, and…
  • May 23

    Nijman on Seeking Change By Doing History

    Nijman on Seeking Change By Doing History
    Janne Elisabeth Nijman, T. M. C. Asser Institut, Amsterdam Center for International Law, University of Amsterdam, has published Seeking Change by Doing History (2018). Here is the abstract. In her Inaugural Lecture Janne E. Nijman explores…
Rank this Week: 1787

Dorf on Law

Dorf on Law

By Cornell Law School Professor Michael Dorf and his friends.

http://www.dorfonlaw.org/
  • May 25

    Reporters Have Learned Nothing, Even While Being Attacked Every Day

    Reporters Have Learned Nothing, Even While Being Attacked Every Day
    by Neil H. Buchanan Is the American press corps -- the very same reporters and editors whom Donald Trump has called "the enemy of the American people" who are supposedly inventing "fake news" to bring him down -- going to doom us all? …
  • May 24

    Generic Washington Post/New York Times Political News Article

    Generic Washington Post/New York Times Political News Article
    by Neil H. BuchananFor years, the pundit Thomas L. Friedman has been the butt of jokes, rightly mocked for his pompously trivial writing.  From his op-eds in The New York Times to his books with silly/catchy titles (The World is Flat,…
  • May 23

    Trans Identity and Truth

    Trans Identity and Truth
    By Sherry F. ColbMy column this week is about the strange hostility that some people, including conservatives, routinely exhibit toward trans people. Though so much of what we call "masculine" and "feminine" has more to do with culture than…
Rank this Week: 3995

Written Description

Written Description

Reviews recent scholarship in patent law, intellectual property theory, and innovation. By Christopher Suarez, Sarah Tran, and Tan Mau Wu.

http://writtendescription.blogspot.com/
  • May 24

    Brian Soucek on Aesthetic Judgment in Law

    Brian Soucek on Aesthetic Judgment in Law
    As noted in my last post, one of the most quoted lines in copyright law is from Justice Holmes's 1903 opinion in Bleistein: "It would be a dangerous undertaking for persons trained only to the law to constitute themselves final judges of the…
  • May 22

    Examining the Role of Patents in Firm Financing

    Examining the Role of Patents in Firm Financing
    Just this morning, an interesting new literature review came to my mailbox via SSRN. In Is There a Role for Patents in the Financing of New Innovative Firms?, Bronwyn Hall (Berkeley economics) provides an extremely thorough, extremely helpful…
  • May 20

    Barton Beebe on Bleistein

    Barton Beebe on Bleistein
    Barton Beebe’s recent article, Bleistein, the Problem of Aesthetic Progress, and the Making of American Copyright Law, was already highlighted on this blog by Shyamkrishna Balganesh, but I wanted to add a few thoughts of my own because…
Rank this Week: 2794

Juris Diversitas

Juris Diversitas

An international, interdisciplinary community for the study of legal and normative mixtures and movements.

http://jurisdiversitas.blogspot.com/
  • May 22

    Secured Credit in Europe. From Conflicts to Compatibility

    Secured Credit in Europe. From Conflicts to Compatibility
    Secured Credit in Europe From Conflicts to Compatibility by Teemu JuutilainenThis monograph seeks the optimal way to promote compatibility between systems of proprietary security rights in Europe, focusing on security rights over…
  • Apr 15

    THE LAW OF THE SOMALIS: A Stable Foundation for Economic Development in the Horn of Africa

    THE LAW OF THE SOMALIS: A Stable Foundation for Economic Development in the Horn of Africa
    THE LAW OF THE SOMALIS: A Stable Foundation for Economic Development in the Horn of Africa by Michael van Notten, Edited by Spencer Heath MacCallumWritten by a trained and sympathetic observer, this book shows how Somali customary law differs…
  • Mar 10

    Race, Criminal Justice, and Migration Control

    Race, Criminal Justice, and Migration Control
    Race, Criminal Justice, and Migration Control.  Enforcing the Boundaries of Belonging Edited by Mary Bosworth, Alpa Parmar, and Yolanda VazquezA collection of essays that considers how societal practices, laws, and…
Rank this Week: 4294

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life

A blog about social, and legal issues that cause me to take pause. By Paul Hunt.

http://www.inthelife.net
  • Dec 5

    When Using Technology is The Crime

    When Using Technology is The Crime
    Hello again Dear Reader,Today I’d like to follow up on a Blog from October titled ‘Fantasising Online. Is it a Crime?’. If you haven’t read it, might be worth hitting pause here and going back for a read. I can…
  • Nov 16

    Same sex Marriage and Teen Suicide Prevention

    Same sex Marriage and Teen Suicide Prevention
    Hello again Dear Reader,Today I’d like to take the opportunity to follow up on yesterday’s Blog ‘Where is the Love’, which begged the question...when is a loving relationship wonderful and acceptable to society and…
  • Oct 14

    Fantasising online. Is it a crime?

    Fantasising online. Is it a crime?
    Hello again Dear Reader,Today I would like to start by offering you a hypothetical. Let's pretend that you are a senior judge in your country's judicial system (and if you really are, just go along with it!).A person has been brought before…
Rank this Week: 1999

Psychology of Law and Criminal…

Psychology of Law and Criminal Behavior

By Kenneth Padowitz.

http://www.psychology-criminalbehavior-law.com/
  • Aug 2

    How “Expert” is Expert Testimony?

    How “Expert” is Expert Testimony?
    The Eye-Opener The legal system as we know it, places considerable emphasis on expert testimony. On a reasonable scale, there is no expectation that such testimony would be accurate at all times and in all instances. However, digging deep…
  • Feb 4

    Cultural Influence On Crime

    Cultural Influence On Crime
    One can take many different stances when asked to determine the causes of criminal activity. One area of research that has been gaining popularity views crime as a product of the culture or subculture to which one belongs, rather than…
  • Jan 28

    Rational Choice as a Theory of Crime

    Rational Choice as a Theory of Crime
    Rational choice is a prominent theoretical model in many fields of research, though many criminologists continue to doubt its applicability as a general theory of crime. Much of this skepticism can be attributed to the over-simplification of…
Rank this Week: 2648

Law & Economics Prof Blog

Law & Economics Prof Blog

Edited by Murat C. Mungan, David Gamage, Eric Rasmusen, Ben Depoorter, Gerrit de Geest, Shi-Ling Hsu, Manuel A. Utset, Jr., Brian Galle and Yuval Feldman.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/law_econ/
  • May 17

    Law & Economics Prof Blog Seeks New Editor

    Law & Economics Prof Blog Seeks New Editor
    The Law & Economics Prof Blog is on hiatus while we try to put together a new team of editors. The Law Professor Blogs Network offers law professors the premier blogging platform and the opportunity to share in growing sponsorship...
  • Feb 18

    Comma Heterodoxy

    Comma Heterodoxy
    In my last post I wrote: A. “This is an ingenious, and, after a bit of thought, plausible, justification.” An alternative is: B. “This is an ingenious, and after a bit of thought plausible, justification.” The conventional punctuation…
  • Feb 18

    "To Each According to His Need," Including Opera

    "To Each According to His Need," Including Opera
    Taxprof reports on Miranda Fleischer's latest: Miranda Perry Fleischer (San Diego), How is the Opera Like a Soup Kitchen?, in The Philosophical Foundations of Tax Law (Oxford University Press, 2016): The charitable tax subsidies are, at…
Rank this Week: 3792

Jurisdynamics

Jurisdynamics

Describes the interplay between legal responses to exogenous change and the law's own endogenous capacity for adaptation. By Louis D. Brandeis Dean Jim Chen.

http://jurisdynamics.blogspot.com/
  • Dec 17

    Fables of the Reconstruction: Human Emotion and Behavioral Heuristics in Environmental Economic

    Fables of the Reconstruction: Human Emotion and Behavioral Heuristics in Environmental Economic
    James Ming Chen, Fables of the Reconstruction: Human Emotion and Behavioral Heuristics in Environmental Economics, available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2705196 or http://bit.ly/FablesReconstruction: Environmental economics provides an…
  • Nov 3

    Momentary Lapses of Reason: The Psychophysics of Law and Behavior

    Momentary Lapses of Reason: The Psychophysics of Law and Behavior
    James Ming Chen, Momentary Lapses of Reason: The Psychophysics of Law and Behavior, available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2683557 or http://bit.ly/MomentaryLapses: The conventional capital asset pricing model (CAPM) remains the preferred…
  • Aug 29

    Law on the market

    Law on the market
    Daniel Martin Katz, Michael James Bommarito, Tyler Soellinger & James Ming Chen, Law on the Market? Evaluating the Securities Market Impact of Supreme Court Decisions, available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2649726 or…
Rank this Week: 1494

Lawyers are boring.

Lawyers are boring.

Covers Taxonomy, Open Access, Free Legal Sources, Plain Language, BigData, IT to create new law and new lawyers.

http://lawyersareboring.tumblr.com
Rank this Week: 2320

The Albany Government Law Review…

The Albany Government Law Review Fireplace

The Albany Government Law Review runs this student written and edited law blog engaged in substantive law review-like legal analysis and academic speculation.

http://aglr.wordpress.com/
Rank this Week: 2954

Respondeat

Respondeat

Covers New York state law specifically, and law and philosophy generally.

http://respondeat.wordpress.com
Rank this Week: 4449

Zeugma

Zeugma

Covers legal education, technology, rhetoric and legal theory. By Lancaster University's Sefton Bloxham, University of Warwick's Patricia McKellar, University of Strathclyde's Karen Barton and Glasgow Graduate School of Law's Paul Maharg.

http://zeugma.typepad.com/zeugma/
  • Jul 18

    Moving on...

    Moving on...
    I'm moving blog host, from Typepad to Wordpress.  I hadn't expected to go, but Typepad's recent newsletters on their company policies are making me edgy and, having been stung, like many academics, by Ning's recent policy changes (Dropbox…
  • May 17

    Ross Priory, 2011

    Ross Priory, 2011
    Spent two days at the invitation of Alan Paterson (Strathclyde) and Richard Susskind discussing legal practice and legal education at Ross Priory, Strathclyde's retreat house on Loch Lomond, which has one of the best views anywhere in…
  • Apr 29

    New book series: Emerging Legal Learning - call for title

    New book series: Emerging Legal Learning - call for title
    Over the past six months or so, amongst much else I've been involved in putting together a couple of book series.
Rank this Week: 1541

The TransAtlantic Assembly

The TransAtlantic Assembly

Blog of American and European Practitioners and Academics on European and American Constitutional Law (with an eye to the European Constitution), International Law, European Law, and Law and Philosophy.

http://transatlanticassembly.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 4

    Italy's tragic future

    Italy's tragic future
    Silvio Berlusconi is a modern dictator. He controls all the most important functions of the state and is THE key player in the private sphere. Modern dictators are characterized by an ability to disguise their authoritarianism through subtle…
  • Sep 2

    No to Barroso

    No to Barroso
    Does anyone out there know who Barroso is? More importantly does anybody know what was his best achievement during his four years as President of the European Commission, the highest institution within the EU? Very few will be able to answer…
  • Jul 25

    Obama's Transatlantic Speech

    Obama's Transatlantic Speech
    Berlin was like a honeymoon between America and Europe. But Obama's honey words, were a little too sweet:
Rank this Week: 1279

Brian Leiter's Legal Philosophy…

Brian Leiter's Legal Philosophy Blog

Covers jurisprudence, legal realism, and legal theory. By Professor Brian R. Leiter and Prof. Daniel Filler

http://leiterlegalphilosophy.typepad.com/leiter/
  • Apr 14

    Green on Legal Realism and Naturalized Jurisprudence

    Green on Legal Realism and Naturalized Jurisprudence
    Via Solum, I learn that my (part-time) colleague Les Green's (long-gestating) paper on "Law and the Causes of Judicial Decision" is finally on SSRN (it will appear in final form in Green's forthcoming collection of papers from OUP).  I have…
  • Mar 28

    Jurisprudence II: Objectivity

    Jurisprudence II: Objectivity
    My tentative Spring Quarter Syllabus (Download Jurisprudence II Syllabus 2009), for those who might be interested.
  • Mar 12

    Which journals publish the highest quality work in philosophy of law?

    Which journals publish the highest quality work in philosophy of law?
    A new poll, which might provide some useful information for younger scholars figuring out where to submit their work.
Rank this Week: 3793

Federalist Society - University of…

Federalist Society - University of Washington Chapter

Covers limited government, freedom, federalism and judicial restraint.

http://uwfedsoc.blogspot.com/
  • Dec 25

    Somebody bless us, or something

    Somebody bless us, or something
    This is an encouraging sign. The freedom to worship whatever God we find most pleasing is perhaps the most fundamental freedom; it signifies freedom of thought. The fact that Iraqis are now free to worship Jesus if the mood strikes them…
  • Dec 15

    Fifth Amendment Victory

    Fifth Amendment Victory
    Saw an interesting post over on The Volokh Conspiracy about a first dip into a murky 5th Amendment issue - can the gov't compel a suspect to enter a computer password? A man was detained at the Vermont-Canada border on suspicion of…
  • Nov 22

    Holiday (Second Amendment) Reading

    Holiday (Second Amendment) Reading
    The Supreme Court's grant of cert. in DC v. Heller reminded me of an entertaining article on the Supreme Court's last Second Amendment ruling in 1939. I recommend Brian Frye, The Peculiar Story of United States vs. Miller, NYU Journal of Law…
Rank this Week: 1358