Volume 53 Elections

Congratulations to the members that were recently elected to join the Editorial Board next year! We are excited to have these students continue their membership on the Law Journal for Volume 53. Please see the Volume 53 masthead attached. In addition, a special congratulations to all of our staff members for finishing their student articles. …
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Cause In Fact Problems in the Public Employee Speech Cases

In this Essay, Professor R. George Wright considers Lett v. City of Chicago, a recent Seventh Circuit opinion penned by Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Lett focuses on a quintessential question of cause in fact in the realm of public employee speech cases. This Essay further refines that question of cause in fact, extending beyond the factual speaker-role investigation …
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How Subsidizing Delayed Parenthood Will Let Children Lead the Way to a Fairer World

This Article proposes a new guaranteed minimum income (GMI) focused on women’s education, child welfare, and delayed childbearing, thereby creating environmentally and economically sustainable benefits which in turn allays concerns about the prohibitive costs of conventional GMI programs. The Article frames its GMI proposal from the perspective of the future child and explores what entitlements …
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The Road Less Traveled: Abolishing the Death Penalty on Substantive Due Process, Fundamental Right to Life Grounds

Michael Conklin is a Powell Endowed Professor of Business Law at Angelo State University. In this review, Conklin critiques Kevin M. Barry’s recent article, The Death Penalty and the Fundamental Right to Life, which lays out an often-overlooked argument against the death penalty. Barry posits that the death penalty is unconstitutional, not on Eighth Amendment cruel and unusual punishment grounds, but on a theory …
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