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The American University Law Review is proud to announce our Volume 64 Annual Symposium, titled "Bordering on Legal Limits? A Symposium on Immigration Enforcement, Executive Action, and Prosecutorial Discretion."

The event will take place from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM at Mayer Brown LLP. We hope you will join us for discussion and debate about recent developments in Immigration Enforcement!

Symposium agenda coming soon!

Questions? Please email aulrsymposium@gmail.com.

Federal Circuit Issue

Federal Circuit Issue

The American University Law Review is the only law review in the country to publish an issue exclusively dedicated to the Federal Circuit.  Each year, practitioners and academics provide a synopsis of the Federal Circuit's caseload from the previous year in five major areas of the court's jurisdiction:  patent law, trademark law, government contracts, international trade, and veterans' benefits.  Click here to learn more about the federal circuit issue and click here to read the 2013 Federal Circuit Issue.

The 2014 Federal Circuit panel event, "Warning, the Following Material May be Explicit: Addressing the Efficacy of §2(a) of the Lanham Act" will be held April 11, 2014 at the offices of Arent Fox from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

Symposium Issue

Symposium Issue

This year's Symposium is titled "Climate Power Play: Financial, Legislative, and Regulatory Moves Toward a New Energy Economy." The keynote speakers will be The Honorable Sheldon Whitehouse, United States Senator from Rhode Island, and Carol Browner, former Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy and Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. It will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 18, 2013, at the law offices of McDermott Will & Emery, 500 N. Capitol Street, N.W., Washington, DC, 20001. A reception will follow the program. Click here to view the programClick here for the agenda; and register here.


Current Issue, Volume 64.1

Public-Private Contracting and the Reciprocity Norm

 By Wendy Netter Epstein | 64 Am. U. L. Rev. 1 (2014)

When governments outsource work to private entities—running prisons and schools, administering state benefits, and the like—they tend to write extremely detailed contracts.  The conventional thinking is that these private entities need to be constrained lest they act opportunistically.  Therefore, governments write contracts that highly specify tasks, contain robust monitoring provisions, and financially reward task compliance.  This detailed contracting approach, viewing agents as selfish, profit-driven, and looking for opportunities to shirk, finds support in both the agency cost and public law literatures.

To Read or Not To Read: Privacy within Social Networks, the Entitlement of Employees to a Virtual “Private Zone,” and the Balloon Theory

Dr. Shlomit Yanisky-Ravid | 64 Am. U. L. Rev. 53 (2014)

Social networking has increasingly become the most common venue of self-expression in the digital era.  Although social networks started as a social vehicle, they have recently become a major source for employers to track personal data (“screening”) of applicants, employees, or former employees.

COMMENT: Putting a Hold on ICE: Why Law Enforcement Should Refuse to Honor Immigration Detainers

By Alia Al-Khatib | 64 Am. U. L. Rev. 109 (2014)

Beginning in the 1980s, immigration law began to place greater emphasis on noncitizens’ past criminal convictions as grounds for deportation.  This shift led to the deportation of many noncitizens with strong ties to the United States.  In its effort to deport noncitizens with criminal convictions, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has developed various programs through which local law enforcement can partner with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

NOTE: Beyond Puffery: Providing Shareholder Assurance of Societal Good Will in Crowdfunded Benefit Corporations

By Kevin Ercoline | 64 Am. U. L. Rev.  169 (2014)

Going “green” has become a very big business.  Companies are filling the store shelves with environmentally conscious, eco-friendly alternatives.  The organic food market has shown the strongest “green” growth with revenue increasing 238% from 2002 to 2011 as compared with an overall food market revenue growth of only 33% during the same period.  Whole Foods, a leader in organic products, saw its stock price rise from $4.27 in late 2008 to $51.55 as of the first quarter of 2014.  This surging growth, coupled with consumers’ admitted willingness to pay a premium for “green” products, naturally explains why big corporate players are trying to establish market share in the “green” market. 



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Founded in 1952, the Law Review is the oldest and largest student-run publication at the Washington College of Law and publishes six issues each year.  The Law Review is consistently ranked among the top fifty law journals in the nation and is the most-cited journal at WCL, according to the Washington and Lee University Law Library.

Rather than focus on a particular area of law, the Law Review publishes articles, essays, and student notes and comments on a broad range of issues.  Recent topics have included the Second Amendment right to bear arms; the Freedom of Information Act; electronic copyright infringement; attorney-client privilege; immigration law; international trade law; and many other timely legal issues.

The Law Review receives approximately 2,500 submissions annually and publishes articles from professors, judges, practicing lawyers, and renowned legal thinkers.  The Law Review has published articles or commentary by Supreme Court Chief Justices Warren Burger, William Rehnquist, and Earl Warren, as well as Associate Justices Hugo Black, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Arthur Goldberg.

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Forthcoming, Vol. 64.1

In Memoriam: Professor Andrew E. Taslitz

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