The Many American Constitutions

Aziz Rana

93 Texas L. Rev. 1163

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Professor Rana reviews Professor Tsai’s book on the history of alternative constitutions in the United States.

Executing Justice

Robert Weisberg

93 Texas L. Rev. 1179

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Professor Weisberg reviews Professor Liebman’s book on the criminal investigation and subsequent conviction and execution of Carlos DeLuna.

Avoiding the Anchor: An Analysis of the Minimum-Payment and 36-Month Disclosures Mandated by the CARD Act and How to Improve Cardholder Repayment Patterns

Angela K. Daniel

93 Texas L. Rev. 1201

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Many credit card users find themselves in insurmountable credit card debt. In an attempt to help consumers avoid such situations, the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 requires that credit card issuers disclose the total costs of paying off a debt by paying the minimum payment each month and by paying the debt off in 36 months. Ms. Daniel explores the effectiveness of these disclosures in helping consumers get out of debt and concludes that these provisions could be improved in order better to protect consumers.

The New Cognitive Property: Human Capital Law and the Reach of Intellectual Property

Orly Lobel

93 Texas L. Rev. 789

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Contemporary law is expanding into the area of “cognitive property,” leading to the commodification of intellectual intangibles, including human capital. In this Article, Professor Lobel explores this phenomenon, focusing on the the increase in trade secret protection and the so-called “talent wars.” She uncovers the harms of this new cognitive property and analyzes these effects through the lens of new economic research about endogenous growth, labor-market search, and innovation networks. She argues that this rise in cognitive controls should be understood as the Third Enclosure Movement, which propertizes the intangibles of the human mind and stifles potential innovations.

Heart Versus Head: Do Judges Follow the Law or Follow Their Feelings?

Andrew J. Wistrich, Jeffrey J. Rachlinski & Chris Guthrie

93 Texas L. Rev. 855

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It is well established that juries are apt to convict or acquit a defendant based on how much sympathy they feel for the accused, but are Judges also susceptible to similar emotions? They certainly routinely espouse the adoption of a dispassionate perspective on litigants. In this Article, for the first time, experimental research is used in an attempt to measure whether judges allow their feelings to bias their decisions. Judge Wistrich and Professors Rachlinski and Guthrie collect data on over 1,800 state and federal trial judges and ultimately conclude that feelings do bias judges’ decisions.

Whither/Wither Alimony

June Carbone & Naomi Cahn

93 Texas L. Rev. 925

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Professors Carbone and Cahn review Professor Starnes’s book on alimony in current family law and how it should be analyzed like a modern partnership.

My Body, My Bank

I. Glenn Cohen

93 Texas L. Rev. 953

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Professor Cohen reviews Professor Swanson’s book on the history of the banking industries in milk, blood, and sperm in America from 1908 to the present.

Fraud on the Classroom: Why State False Claims Acts Are Not the Solution to All Fraud on State and Local Governments

Marianne W. Nitsch

93 Texas L. Rev. 1009

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As a result of the success of the federal False Claims Act, states have begun to enact their own versions of false claims acts. However, despite this increased legislation, states are still ineffective at combating some forms of fraud against state and local governments. In this Note, Ms. Nitsch surveys state false claims acts and discusses their effectiveness at combating a particular kind of fraud, fraud in public-education data reporting. She concludes that these new state laws are ineffective at preventing educators from participating in fraud.

Somebody’s Watching Me: Civilian Oversight of Data-Collection Technologies

Steven D. Seybold

93 Texas L. Rev. 1029

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As police departments have increasingly embraced emerging data collection technologies, questions have arisen as to how we can protect citizens’ privacy and prevent police abuse of these technologies. One suggestion has been to use civilian oversight mechanisms to regulate these techniques and provide much needed transparency. In this note, Mr. Seybold discusses these civilian oversight mechnisms, focusing on the Loyal Opposition Policy Review Board, in order to determine their efficacy as constraints on police power.