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Volume 2014, Number 3

The Board of Editors is pleased to present Issue 3 of the 2014 Volume of the Illinois Law Review.

First, Professor Geis provides insight into the functionality of third-party beneficiaries in contract law. He argues that a mindful promisor should be able to recruit a willing counterparty to make a binding gift promise in any context. It demonstrates this third-party beneficiary technique, evaluates the implications for the borders of contract law, and concludes that vested third-party beneficiary rights are a feasible (though unexpected) device for moving gift promises comfortably in-to the realm of contract law.

Next, Professor Grewal suggests that tax refund determinations by the Joint Committee on Taxation raises separation of power issues. This Article argues that the absence of a statutory veto does not
automatically validate the JCT refund review function, and that § 6405(a)’s thirty-day holding period instead violates the separation of powers.

Third, Professor Rosen challenges existing frameworks by arguing that that religious institutions cannot be reduced to the individuals who compose them, but instead that the protections they deserve may be “greater than the sum of the parts” of their constituent members. To reach this conclusion Professor Rosen applies the Religious Institution Principle.

Next, Professor Hyman examines the potential oversights made by elite legal academics when dismissing the notion that the Affordable Care Act might be unconstitutional. After considering three possible defenses/justifications, this Article identifies five factors that help explain the erroneous predictions of our nation’s elite law professors,who were badly wrong, but never in doubt.

In this Issue’s final article, Professor Laycock examines the ever present relationship between religious liberty and culture wars. The Article argues that we can and should protect the liberty of both sides in the culture wars; that conservative churches would do well to concede the liberty of the other side, including on same-sex marriage, and concentrate on defending their own liberty as conscien-tious objectors; and similarly, that supporters of rights to abortion, contraception, gay rights, and same-sex marriage would do well to concentrate on securing their own rights and to concede that consci-entious objectors should rarely be required to support or facilitate practices they view as evil.

Issue 3 concludes with notes by Kristen Hosack, Laura Meli, and Marisa Young.


Volume 2014, Number 2

The Board of Editors is pleased to present Issue 2 of the 2014 Volume of the Illinois Law Review.

First, Professor Owens et al. furthers the scholarship on Senatorial obstruction of federal court nominations by examining archival data and empirical evidence to shed light on the underlying friction between the legislative and executive branches. By specifically examining blue slip obstruction the authors discover blocking of both unqualified and ideologically distant nominees. Furthermore, the authors find that nominees to federal circuit courts are blocked just as frequently for ideological reasons as they are for their qualification. Ultimately, “stellar qualifications do not appear to mitigate the negative effects of ideological distance.”

Next, Professor Hoffman addresses recent concerns regarding private contracting around the rules of civil procedure. After an exploration into a large number of agreement databases, the pervasiveness of contracting around procedural defaults appears to be minimal. Professor Hoffman draws from the recent scholarship pertaining to contract innovation to explain this counter-intuitive result.

Next, Professor Koppelman provides a novel presentation and critique of both consequentialist and nonconsequentialist arguments against same-sex marriage. Do either of their arguments have merit?

In the final article, Professor Myers presents new empirical evidence demonstrating that serious intra-corporate disputes at public companies now attract lawsuits in multiple fora. This Article proposes to fix multi-forum shareholder litigation by creating a clear and simple mechanism for coordinating similar cases in different court systems.

The issue concludes with notes by Nicholas R. Battey, Kristin Isaacson, and Jeremy D. Roux.


2014 Note Selections Announced

Please join us in congratulating the  following students whose notes have been chosen for publication:
  • Best Note:  Nathaniel Wackman, Historical Cellular Location Information and the Fourth Amendment
  • Nisha Chandran, The Privilege of PR: An Analysis of Applying the Attorney-Client Privilege to Crisis Communications Consultants
  • Alexis Dyschkant, Legal Personhood: How We Are Getting It Wrong
  • Brian Enright, The Constitutional “Terra Incognita” of Discretionary Concealed Carry Laws
  • Alyssa Falk, As Easy as Shooting Fish in a Barrel? Why Private Game Reserves Offer a Chance to Save the Sport of Hunting and Conservation Practices
  • Alex Garel-Frantzen, CERCLA § 309 and Beyond: Statutes of Limitations, Rules of Repose, and the Broad Implications of Waldburger v. CTS Corp. Outside    the Context of Environmental Law
  • Anika Hermann, Demolishing the Schoolhouse Gate: Tinkering with the Constitutional Boundaries of Punishing Off-Campus Student Speech
  • Jamie Johnson, Removing the Cloak of Amateurism: Employing College Athletes & Creating Optional Education
  • John Motylinski, E-Discovery Realpolitik: Why Rule 37(e) Must Embrace Sanctions to Ensure Lower E-Discovery Costs
  • Thanhan Nguyen, It’s About Time: Reconsidering Whether Laches Should Lie Against the Government
  • Kristal Petrovich, Extending Batson to Sexual Orientation: A Look at Smithkline Beecham Corp. v. Abbott Labs
  • Bryce Pfalzgraf, Taxing the Keg: An Analysis on the Potential Effects of Changing the Federal Excise Tax on Beer
  • Jared Pickman, Checking Faith at the Door: For-Profit Corporations, Religious Exercise, and the HHS Mandate
  • Kate Poorbaugh, Security Protocol: A Procedural Analysis of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts
  • Benjamin Sunshine & Victor Pereyra, Access-to-Justice v. Efficiency: An Empirical Study of Settlement Rates After Twombly & Iqbal
  • Nicholas Vallorano, Illinois Constitution Revisited, Time to Merge the State Treasurer and Comptroller