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Scientific Evidence: Grand Theories and Basic Methods

Curtis E.A. Karnow, Judge of The California Superior Court (County of San Francisco)

California law requires judges to admit expert scientific testimony without resolving scientific controversies, which are left to juries. But case law does not provide a definition of “science” verses inadmissible pseudoscience. And typically juries are asked to resolve ‘scientific’ controversies based on studies never provided to them. The Essay discusses three common definitions of science,…

Aug 2022

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Countering the Big Lie: The Role of the Courts in the Post Truth World

Edward D. Cavanagh, Professor of Law, St. John’s University School of Law

This Essay analyzes the role of the courts in handling Trump’s election lie.  It argues that the courts were certainly correct in giving short shrift to Trump’s lawsuits, but further that the courts should have done more than simply dismiss Trump’s claims.  Had the courts aggressively utilized existing tools to identify and punish prosecution of…

Jun 2022

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Localizing Minimum Wage Laws: A Rural Perspective

Travis S. Andrews, J.D., University of Virginia, 2016

Since launching in 2012, the Fight for 15 movement has successfully lobbied for a $15 per hour minimum wage in many urban localities.[1]  Today, more than 50 localities have their own minimum wage laws that set a rate higher than state or national pay floors.[2]  Two of the primary justifications for raising the minimum wage…

Jun 2022

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Racial Reckoning With Economic Inequities

Lisa M. Fairfax,  Alexander Hamilton Professor of Business Law, George Washington University School of Law

In response to the racial reckoning sparked by the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other unarmed Black men and women during the summer of 2020, many corporations publicly expressed their commitment to not only grapple with racial inequities in the economic sphere, but also increase racial diversity on their board, with particular…

Feb 2022

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Toward a Law and Politics of Racial Solidarity

Luis Fuentes-Rohwer, Class of 1950 Herman B. Wells Endowed Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Guy-Uriel Charles, Edward & Ellen Schwarzman Professor of Law, Co-Director, Center on Law, Race, and Politics, Duke Law School

The killings of George Floyd, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and others have occurred under different factual circumstances, in different states, at the hands of both state and private actors, and have engendered different levels of outrage on the basis of their perceived egregiousness. Collectively and cumulatively, they have forced Americans to, once again, wrestle with…

Feb 2022

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Mitigating the PSLF Disaster: Building a Borrower-Friendly Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Michael Slomovics, J.D., Yale Law School, 2021

In 2007, Congress promised student loan forgiveness to our teachers, public defenders, nurses, and other public servants. The bargain was simple: spend ten years in public service and your debt will be eliminated. Unfortunately for borrowers, the program turned out to be a disaster, with loan forgiveness denial rates as high as 99%. Individuals frequently…

Nov 2021

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Do Reason-Based Abortion Bans Prevent Eugenics?

Sital Kalantry, Associate Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law

This Essay discusses a lesser‑known case through which Roe v. Wade could be gutted—by declaring reason‑based bans constitutional.  If the Court finds that one reason‑based abortion ban is constitutionally permissible, it will open the door for states to destroy the fundamental right to abortion by enacting many more reasons for why abortion is impermissible.

Oct 2021

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COVID, Sex Discrimination, and Medical Research

Lori Andrews, J.D., is the Director of the Institute for Science, Law and Technology and Distinguished Professor of Law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Bora Ndregjoni, third-year law student at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

This Article analyzes the burgeoning medical research literature about COVID-19 and finds that the historical failure to take women’s symptoms and needs into account continues to this day.

Apr 2021

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Unequal Representation: Women in Clinical Research

Allison M. Whelan

Associate, Covington & Burling LLP, Washington D.C.; J.D., University of Minnesota Law School; M.A. Bioethics, University of Minnesota.  Special thanks to Professor Michele Goodwin and the editors of the Cornell Law Review.  The views expressed in this article are the author’s and do not represent those of any past, current, or future employer.

Much progress has been made to increase women’s overall representation in clinical trials, but there is far more work to be done with respect to the representation of women of color, and people of color in general. The primary focus of this Article is the inadequate representation of women of color, and people of color more generally, in clinical trials.

Apr 2021

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Copyright Silencing

Cathay Y. N. Smith, Associate Professor of Law, University of Montana Blewett School of Law. Thanks to Aman Gebru, Jennifer Sturiale, Jacob Victor, Xiyin Tang, for comments and Nicholson Price and Alex Roberts for organizing the 2020 virtual JIPSA summer workshop. Thanks also to Orly Lobel and her students at University of San Diego School of Law for inviting me to talk about this Essay and Tiger King. Finally, thank you to the diligent law review editors at Cornell Law Review.

Copyright has been weaponized to suppress speech,11.  See David S. Olson, First Amendment Based Copyright Misuse, 52 WILLIAM & MARY L. REV. 537, 547–48 (2010) (describing examples of “the Estate of James Joyce’s history of aggressive use of copyright claims to stifle the speech of others”). frustrate competition, 22. See, e.g., Adi Robertson, The EFF…

Jan 2021

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