Challenges by for-profit corporations to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employers provide their employees with medical insurance packages that include coverage for contraceptives have raised questions under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the Constitution. This Essay discusses a threshold question in the constitutional challenges: Do for-profit corporations have rights of religious conscience protected by the Free Exercise Clause? I do not offer a definitive answer but instead mostly enumerate considerations that counsel hesitation before concluding that they do. I originally thought that I could address the question posed in the title without dealing with the RFRA, but—as will appear below—perhaps the answer lies in the statutory accommodations legislatures choose to enact, which might, but only might, include RFRA.
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In 2013, the Supreme Court showed an unusually high rate of unanimous decisions—the highest, in fact, since 1940. This increase in unanimity, long favored by Chief Justice John Roberts, places a spotlight on an insufficiently appreciated fact: in 1941, the Supreme Court experienced a radical transformation. Almost immediately, it changed from a court that had operated by consensus, with very […]
This Article intervenes in a burgeoning literature on “administrative constitutionalism,” the phenomenon of federal agencies—rather than courts—assuming significant responsibility for elaborating the meaning of the U.S. Constitution. Drawing on original historical research, I document and analyze what I call “administrative equal protection”: interpretations of the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause in a key federal agency at a time when the Clause’s […]
May government officials restrict the display of “gruesome images” (in the words of one injunction), chiefly of aborted fetuses but also of slaughtered or injured animals? How about gruesome words, for instance signs accusing abortion providers of being “murderers” or “killers”? Some courts have upheld such restrictions, chiefly relying on the perceived need to shield […]
Symposium on Reassessing the Restatement of Employment Law
The Cornell Law Review hosted a Symposium on Reassessing the Restatement of Employment Law on Friday, November 21, 2014, at Cornell Law School. The Symposium offered the first commentary on Restatement of Employment Law, a twelve-year project, which the American Law Institute approved in 2014. Click for Symposium Agenda
Symposium on Extraterritorialism
The Cornell Law Review will publish its annual Symposium issue for Volume 99 with a focus on extraterritorialism in September 2014. The flurry of recent Supreme Court decisions turning on a revived door-closing territorialism is attracting the attention of legal scholars in various substantive as well as methodological fields of federal law, and the lines […]
Cornell Law Review Submissions Box Is Now Open
The Cornell Law Review is currently accepting article, essay, or book review submissions. The Cornell Law Review Online is also accepting submissions for volume 100.
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Welcome to CornellLawReview.org, the new online home of the Cornell Law Review. In the spirit of its mission as a student-run journal, the Law Review is launching this site to provide greater access to its top-notch legal scholarship and more publishing opportunities for legal academics. The website will host all of the content that the Law Review publishes in print […]