Articles in ‘Constitutional Law’

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.