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Friday, May 17, 2013

New In Print: The Law Review Review

The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law''s Wintere 2013 issue includes their Winter Issue of Gender and Sexuality Law with articles by Seletha R. Butler (Georgia Tech College of Business), Julie Goldscheid (CUNY Law) and Jody M. Prescott (Vermont).  There is also what appears to be a potentially interesting student note titled, "Islamic Marriage Contracts as Simple Contracts Governed by Islamic Law: A Roadmap for U.S. Courts," by Emily C. Sharp.  This strikes me as a particularly timely topic and I look forward to reading the note.  One further aside on this journal - The GJGL charges for online content - content that in many instances is available free on SSRN.  I wonder how this model works for the journal.

The Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review's Winter 2013 issue includes several interesting articles inc luding one near and dear to me as a state trial judge with criminal jurisdiction - "Beyond 'Life and Liberty:' The Evolving Right to Counsel," by John D. King (Washington & Lee). The key lines from the Abstract read: "This Article argues that current Sixth Amendment jurisprudence on the right to counsel has not adequately adapted to the changed realities within which misdemeanor prosecutions take place today. Because of the dramatic changes in the cultural meaning and real-life consequences of low-level convictions, there is no longer a useful or constitutionally significant line between those cases resulting in actual imprisonment and those cases not resulting in imprisonment."  Because I believe the combined effect of Padilla, Frye and Lafler will be greater judicial involvement in plea bargaining processes (but not plea bargain negotiations), contributions such as King's are valuable to gaining understanding into this "evolving" area. 

The new edition of Syracuse Law Review (Vol. 63, No. 2) includes Symposium: The Age of Social Media and It's Impact on the Law.  The symposium includes an article on judicial use of social media by Helia Garrido Hull (Barry).  I have not found the article online yet, however the title suggests Professor Hull reaches a different conclusion than I did in my essay on a similar subject published last year in the St. Mary's Journal of Legal Malpractice & Ethics.   I hope to obtain Professor Hull's article soon and my a comment further on it here.

Volume 55, No. 1, Arizona Law Review includes a collection of articles under the title "Financial Reform During the Great Recession: Dodd-Frank, Executive Compensation and the Card Act."   The issue includes articles by Lisa M. Fairfax (George Washington), Kimberly D. Krawiec (Duke), MIra Ganor (Texas) and Andrea Freeman (Hawai'i).

St. Mary's Law Review's newest issue includes "Secured Transactions History: Protecting Holmes' Notes Through the Conditional Sales Acts," by George Lee Flint, Jr. (St. Mary's).  Scholar: St. Mary's Law Review on Race and Social Justice's newest issue includes articles by Donna McKneelen (Cooley) and Chauntelle Ann Tibbals, Ph.D.

Craig Estlinbaum

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