Melissa F. Wasserman
93 Texas L. Rev. 625
Administrative agencies and law increasingly play a major role in the government of our society. However, certain legal and institutional aspects of administrative law have created deference asymmetries—differences in the level of deference given to an agency’s judgments based on the ruling of that judgment. These asymmetries have the potential to drive the development of regulatory law in a direction that benefits the entities that agencies are meant to regulate. In this article, Professor Wasserman identifies these asymmetries and explores the implications that they have for administrative law.
Joanna L. Grossman
93 Texas L. Rev. 681
Professor Grossman reviews Professor Hasday’s book on the development of the “family law canon.” which Hasday defines as a “series of overriding stories that purport to make sense of how the law governs family members and family life.”
Linda C. McClain
93 Texas L. Rev. 705
Professor McClain reviews Professor Huntington’s book on the impact that family law has on family relationships.
93 Texas L. Rev. 743
Cruises are big business, contributing nearly $44.1 billion to the US economy each year. The shows that cruise liners use to entertain their passengers are a major part of that industry. However, these shows are generally performed in international waters, without paying the proper royalties, and arguably outside the reach of the US Copyright laws. In this note, Mr. Pettit addresses this issue by first briefly explaining the relevant copyright and licensing provisions. He then recounts the only attempt to litigate high seas copyrights and applies the predicate-act doctrine to the facts of that case. He then urges the courts and legislators to tighten regulation on cruise ships by closing the many inequitable loopholes that exist.
Ethan J. Ranis
93 Texas L. Rev. 765
What does or does not constitute originalism continues to be important when drawing lines in legal academic debate. In order to cast some light on this issue, Mr. Ranis examines Lawrence B. Solum’s theory of originalism and seeks to identify the ‘bare minimum’ theory that Solum would consider to be originalist. Mr. Ranis concludes that Solum’s current definition of originalism is too vague to truly capture the state of current constitutional debate.
Joshua D. Hawley
93 Texas L. Rev. 275
Almost fifty years after the Supreme Court revived the doctrine, substantive due process remains a puzzle. In this Article, Professor Hawley excavates the intellectual origins of modern substantive due process and relates that history to the doctrine’s development. Ultimately, he offers a thoroughly revised account of the modern doctrine’s beginnings, development, and meaning. This revised account challenges a good deal of conventional wisdom, including the claims of recent Lochner revisionists who argue that modern substantive due process is in one way or another an intellectual extension of the Lochner era. It further challenges the claims that the modern doctrine can be linked directly to the Constitution’s original meaning. Instead, this Article shows modern substantive due process for what it is: an original, modern, and controversial reading of liberty.
David B. Spence
93 Texas L. Rev. 351
As the controversy over fracking continues to sweep the nation, many local communities have enacted ordinances banning the practice, creating conflicts between these ordinances and statewide regulation schemes. This has given rise to state–local preemption challenges within state courts. In this Article, Professor Spence analyzes these conflicts, focusing on the best way to distribute the costs and benefits of fracking and how courts have attempted to address these distributional concerns. He begins by describing the conflicts between state law and local ordinances and the court decisions that have resolved these preemption issues. He next discusses how future takings claims would affect the distribution of the costs and benefits of fracking.
Samuel R. Bagenstos
93 Texas L. Rev. 415
Professor Bagenstos reviews Professor Fishkin’s arguments for switching the focus of antidiscrimination law towards an antibottleneck theory.
Stephen M. Rich
93 Texas L. Rev. 437
Professor Rich reviews Professor Fishkin’s book analyzing the current focus of Equal Opportunity jurisprudence and his bold suggestions for how this focus should be changed.
Darryl K. Brown
93 Texas L. Rev. 487
Professor Brown reviews Professor Burns’ work analogizing the dystopian criminal justice system found in Franz Kafka’s novel, The Trial, with the contemporary American system.