Print Issue Volume 101 - Issue 6

Note: Stranger than Science Fiction: The Rise of A.I. Interrogation in the Dawn of Autonomous Robots and the Need for an Additional Protocol to the U.N. Convention Against Torture

As we approach the impending technological revolution of the proliferation of robots and weapons on the spectrum of autonomy, we run the risk of being “one technology behind” in anticipating the changing legal landscape in the next season of human-technology interaction. Specifically, the development and emergence of autonomous robots and weapons is likely to have […]

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SIRI-OUSLY 2.0: What Artificial Intelligence Reveals About the First Amendment

The First Amendment may protect speech by strong Artificial Intelligence (AI). In this Article, we support this provocative claim by expanding on earlier work, addressing significant concerns and challenges, and suggesting potential paths forward. This is not a claim about the state of technology. Whether strong AI—as-yet-hypothetical machines that can actually think—will ever come to […]

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The Consequences of Disparate Policing: Evaluating Stop and Frisk as a Modality of Urban Policing

Beginning in the 1990s, police departments in major American cities started aggressively deploying pedestrian stops and frisks in response to escalating violent crime rates. Today, high-volume use of “stop, question, and frisk” (SQF) is an acute point of friction between urban police and minority residents. In numerous cities, recent consent decrees or settlements have imposed […]

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Regulating Cumulative Risk

Chemicals and pesticides permeate the natural world. They are woven (sometimes quite literally) into the fabric of our lives. Because chemicals are everywhere, the key to protecting public health in the chemical age is regulating cumulative risk—that is, the combined risk from exposure to multiple chemicals and pesticides through various exposure pathways. While necessary, and […]

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Toward a Critical Race Theory of Evidence

Scholars, judges, and lawyers have long believed that evidence rules apply equally to all persons regardless of race. This Article challenges this assumption and reveals how evidence law structurally disadvantages people of color. A critical race analysis of stand-your-ground defenses, cross-racial eyewitness misidentifications, and minority flight from racially targeted police profiling and violence uncovers the […]

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Civil Rules Interpretive Theory

We claim that the proper method of interpreting the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (Rules)—civil rules interpretive theory—should be recognized as a distinct field of scholarly inquiry and judicial practice. Fundamentally, the Rules are not statutes. Yet the theories of statutory interpretation that are typically imported into Rules cases by the courts rely upon a […]

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A Conversation Between U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Professor Robert A. Stein

This piece was transcribed from a conversation between Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Professor Robert A. Stein held at the University of Minnesota Law School on October 17, 2016. Justice Sotomayor shares how her early life experiences, such as being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, shaped her worldview. She discusses the course of her legal career […]

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Balancing First Amendment Rights with an Inclusive Environment on Public University Campuses

How should public universities strike a balance between First Amendment values and their mission to establish a diverse and inclusive environment? Recent events from the University of Minnesota bring this question into focus.

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Note: Affirmative Action: The Constitutional Approach to Ending Sex Disparities on Corporate Boards

Women hold far fewer seats on U.S. corporate executive boards than men, despite composing nearly half of the workforce. In 2015, women held only 16.5% of the top five executive board positions in businesses on the S&P 500, and fourteen percent of all executive board positions. Internationally, governments are instituting quotas to combat this disparity. […]

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Academic Freedom To Deny the Truth: Beyond the Holocaust

The concept of academic freedom is so widely accepted and well established that it may even subvert a commitment to truth, and this freedom cannot be casually disregarded despite a speaker’s dissonance with scientific precept. So it was with Myron Ebell, then-President-elect Trump’s choice to lead the EPA transition team, despite the nearly universal disdain […]

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