Ruth Bader Ginsburg

IN MEMORIAM:
JUSTICE RUTH
BADER GINSBURG

A series of tributes honoring the life and legacy of
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Vol. 122 No. 3

Supreme Court Agenda-Setting
Essay

THE ORIGINS OF SUPREME COURT QUESTION SELECTION

Benjamin B. Johnson*

Arbitrary control over its own docket is the hallmark of the modern Supreme Court. While the Court’s power to choose its cases is a frequent subject of study, its practice of preselecting questions for review has received almost no attention. This is particularly surprising since the Court openly adds or subtracts questions in some of its most consequential and politicizing cases. Yet despite the significance of this practice, its origins are[...]

Property Law
Article

SHARING THE CLIMATE

Rashmi Dyal-Chand*

Property law responds poorly to the lived reality of the climate crisis. In particular, it fails to address the uncontrollable negative externalities endemic to this crisis. Today, we need and share resources from which it would be ineffective and harmful to exclude our neighbors. Yet exclusion remains the cornerstone of much of American property law. In turn, the principle of autonomy—broadly defined to signify privacy, self-sufficiency, and[...]

Constitutional Law
Note

LAUNDERING DATA: HOW THE GOVERNMENT’S PURCHASE OF COMMERCIAL LOCATION DATA VIOLATES CARPENTER AND EVADES THE FOURTH AMENDMENT

Dori H. Rahbar*

In 2018, the Supreme Court decided in Carpenter v. United States that the government requires a search warrant to access seven days or more of certain location data that comes from mobile devices. In 2020, however, news broke that different government agencies had purchased location data from data brokers and used them for law enforcement purposes. Because the Fourth Amendment does not regulate open market transactions, it is now an open[...]

Environmental Law
CLR Forum

CLIMATE-SMART AGRICULTURE CERTIFICATION: A CALL FOR FEDERAL ACTION

MacKenzie Thurman*

Agriculture systems are extremely susceptible to the consequences of climate change. Extreme weather events, changing temperature patterns, and invasive pests and weeds threaten our nation’s crop yields and food security. U.S. agriculture is also a leading contributor to climate change, as industrial farming and land management practices emit around a third of nationwide greenhouse gases. Certain climate-friendly agriculture practices have the[...]

Criminal Law
Note

VIOLENCE AGAINST PROPERTY: THE BREAKING POINT OF FEDERAL CRIME OF VIOLENCE CLASSIFICATIONS

Connor Sunderman*

The federal criminal code provides enhanced penalties for offenses that qualify as crimes of violence. This Note concerns a basic question: What qualifies as a crime of violence? The code offers two seemingly clear definitions, classifying as violent any crime that either (1) includes the use of physical force against the person or property of another as an element of the crime or (2) by its nature involves a substantial risk of the use of physical[...]

Family Law
Article

FAMILY SEPARATION CONDITIONS

Alexis Karteron*

America’s mass incarceration crisis does not end at the prison gates. While an estimated two million people are presently incarcerated, nearly twice that number of people are subject to probation, parole, and other forms of community supervision. This Article documents one particularly troubling aspect of this system of “nonincarceration mass incarceration”: the widespread use of supervision conditions that separate people on parole, probation,[...]