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Barring Judicial Review

Mar. 20, 2024—Laura E. Dolbow | 77 Vand. L. Rev. 307 Whether judicial review is available is one of the most hotly contested issues in administrative law. Recently, laws that prohibit judicial review have sparked debate in the Medicare, immigration, and patent contexts. These debates are continuing in challenges to the recently created Medicare price negotiation program....

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The Labor Gerrymander

Mar. 20, 2024—Joel Heller | 77 Vand. L. Rev. 401 The foundational metaphor of federal labor law is “industrial democracy.” But like any good metaphor, it is subject to overuse. The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) grants employees the right to have a say in the decisions that govern their working lives through union representation and collective...

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Too Stubborn to Care for: The Impacts of Discrimination on Patient Noncompliance

Mar. 20, 2024—Alice Abrokwa | 77 Vand. L. Rev. 461 The role of implicit racial biases in police interactions with people of color has garnered increased public attention and scholarly examination over time, but implicit racial bias in the healthcare context can be as deadly, particularly when it intersects with ableism and sexism. Researchers have found that...

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The Harms of Heien: Pulling Back the Curtain on the Court’s Search and Seizure Doctrine

Jan. 26, 2024—Wayne A. Logan | 77 Vand. L. Rev. 1 In Heien v. North Carolina, the Supreme Court held that individuals can be seized on the basis of reasonable police mistakes of law. In an opinion authored by Chief Justice Roberts, the eight-Justice majority held that the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition of “unreasonable” seizures does not bar...

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The Impact of Banning Confidential Settlements on Discrimination Dispute Resolution

Jan. 26, 2024—Blair Druhan Bullock & Joni Hersch | 77 Vand. L. Rev. 51 The #MeToo movement exposed how workplace harassment plagues employment in the United States. Several states responded by passing legislation aimed at curbing harassment and employment discrimination in the workplace. One of the most common legislative efforts was to ban confidentiality provisions in certain...

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Access to Justice for Black Inventors

Jan. 26, 2024—Jordana R. Goodman & Khamal Patterson | 77 Vand. L. Rev. 109 To receive a patent, an inventor must meet certain inventive and procedural standards. Their invention must be novel, nonobvious, and written in such a way that any person skilled in the inventive subject can make and use the invention without undue experimentation. This...

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Eavesdropping: The Forgotten Public Nuisance in the Age of Alexa

Jan. 26, 2024—Julia Keller | 77 Vand. L. Rev. 169 Always-listening devices have sparked new concerns about privacy while evading regulation, but a potential solution has existed for hundreds of years: public nuisance. Public nuisance has been stretched to serve as a basis of liability for some of the most prominent cases of modern mass-tort litigation, such...

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Introduction

Nov. 27, 2023—Edward K. Cheng | 76 Vand L. Rev. 1603 Prior to the eighteenth century, cartographers would often fill uncharted areas of maps with sea monsters, other artwork, or even rank speculation—a phenomenon labeled “horror vacui,” or fear of empty spaces. For example, in Paolo Forlani’s world map of 1565, a yet- to-be-discovered southern continent was...

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Ignorance of the Rules of Omission: An Essay on Privilege Law

Nov. 27, 2023—Rebecca Wexler | 76 Vand. L. Rev. 1609 Alton Logan spent twenty-six years in prison for a murder he did not commit, sleeping with a homemade metal shank under his pillow for protection. Meanwhile, attorney Dale Coventry kept the evidence that would ultimately exonerate Logan—another man’s confession—in a box beneath his bed. Coventry kept the...

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How Machines Reveal the Gaps in Evidence Law

Nov. 27, 2023—Andrea Roth | 76 Vand. L. Rev. 1631 This Symposium asks participants to reimagine the Federal Rules of Evidence on the fiftieth anniversary of their effective date. As part of that conversation, this short Essay argues that the Rules of Evidence contain critical gaps in terms of empowering litigants to meaningfully challenge the credibility of...

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On Proving Mabrus and Zorgs

Nov. 27, 2023—Michael S. Pardo | 76 Vand. L. Rev. 1653 An unfortunate disconnect exists in modern evidence scholarship. On one hand, a rich literature has explored the process of legal proof in general and legal standards of proof in particular. Call this the “macro level” of legal proof. On the other hand, a rich literature has...

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“Pics or It Didn’t Happen” and “Show Me the Receipts”: A Folk Evidentiary Rule

Nov. 27, 2023—Timothy Lau | 76 Vand. L. Rev. 1681 “Pics or It Didn’t Happen,” “Show Me the Receipts,” and related refrains are frequently encountered in online discussion threads today. They are typically invoked to demand corroboration in support of a claim or to declare from the outset that a claim is supported by some sort of...

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One Size Does Not Fit All: Alternatives to the Federal Rules of Evidence

Nov. 27, 2023—Henry Zhuhao Wang | 76 Vand. L. Rev. 1709 The Federal Rules of Evidence have been so successful that many people equate them to the whole field of evidence law. But this is a false equivalence. Our world is complicated, diversified, and dynamic. So, too, is evidence law, which is like a rainforest in which...

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Binding Hercules: A Proposal for Bench Trials

Nov. 27, 2023—Maggie Wittlin | 76 Vand. L. Rev. 1735 If you were a federal judge presiding over a bench trial, you probably would not want the Federal Rules of Evidence to apply to you. Sure, you might want to be insulated from privileged information. But you are, no doubt, capable of cool-headed, rational reasoning, and you...

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The Superfluous Rules of Evidence

Nov. 27, 2023—Jeffrey Bellin | 76 Vand. L. Rev. 1769 There are few American legal codifications as successful as the Federal Rules of Evidence. But this success masks the project’s uncertain beginnings. The drafters of the Federal Rules worried that lawmakers would not adopt the new rules and that judges would not follow them. As a result,...

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Evidence-Based Hearsay

Nov. 27, 2023—Justin Sevier | 76 Vand. L. Rev. 1799 The hearsay rule initially appears straightforward and sensible. It forbids witnesses from repeating secondhand, untested gossip in court, and who among us prefers to resolve legal disputes through untested gossip? Nonetheless, the rule’s unpopularity in the legal profession is well-known and far-reaching. It is almost cliché to...

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