Articles in ‘Constitutional Law’

IP Law and Innovation with Mark A. Lemley and A. Douglas Melamed

November 14, 2014 | Issue 91

Two of IP law’s top scholars and practitioners discuss recent U.S. Supreme Court cases and challenges facing the field.

The Hobby Lobby Decision

November 13, 2014 | Issue 91

Of all its cases last term, the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby attracted the most strident criticism. The Court held that Hobby Lobby, a family-owned, for-profit corporation that operates a successful chain of craft stores, could not be compelled to pay for health insurance covering abortion-inducing contraceptive [...]

A River Runs Through It: Buzz Thompson’s Stint as a Special Master

May 27, 2014 | Issue 90

There is a saying in the West, sometimes attributed to Mark Twain: “Whiskey is for drinking. Water is for fighting over.” Indeed, Westerners have been fighting over this scarce resource for decades, whether in intrastate conflicts like the “California water wars,” famously depicted by Jack Nicholson in Chinatown, or in [...]

Michael W. McConnell

November 8, 2013 | Issue 89

Michael McConnell has a keen interest in how history can help us understand current 
constitutional issues. His research frequently begins with unearthing early controversies over constitutional provisions and then analyzing how those discussions could inform 
contemporary debates. Moving past the politically charged debate over “originalism,” and whether we should be [...]

An Insider’s View: Studying the U.S. Senate with Senator Feingold

June 7, 2013 | Issue 88

Extreme partisanship seems to come in waves—the current one all but crushing compromise in the nation’s capitol. While political rancor may be hitting new heights, amplified by the advent of partisan talk shows, it has been building, according to former U.S. Senator Russell D. Feingold, a 
lecturer at Stanford Law School this year.