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On November 16, 2012 the Connecticut Law Review hosted its annual 2012 Symposium. This year’s event was titled Examining the Demands and Limitations of the Legal Education Market and took a critical look at [...]
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Volume 46 of the Connecticut Law Review is proud to announce the topic for its 2013 Symposium: The Second Amendment and Gun Control. We will explore the history of the Second Amendment, current legal trends in the area of gun control, and what to expect as we move forward from the recent tragedies in Connecticut and across the country.
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Vulnerable Victims: Increasing Animal Cruelty Sentences to Reflect Society’s Understanding of the Value of Animal Lives
When Michael Vick pleaded guilty to masterminding a dogfighting operation that resulted in the intentional killing of six to eight dogs—some by hanging or drowning—he was sentenced to only twenty-three months imprisonment. Alarmingly, Vick’s sentence was among the harshest imposed at the federal level for animal cruelty offenses that routinely involve the torture, maiming, and [...]
National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius: The Constitutionality of Health Care Reform and the Spending Clause
The United States Supreme Court recently upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” as a valid exercise of congressional authority. The decision, which was one of the most anxiously anticipated in years, caught many people by surprise when Chief Justice Roberts sided with the liberal wing of the Court and [...]
Dangerousness and the Civil–Criminal Distinction: Another Reason to Rethink the Indefinite Detention of Sex Offenders
This Essay builds upon the conclusions of Professor Vars in his Article, Rethinking the Indefinite Detention of Sex Offenders. Focusing on the faultiness of an actuarial tool often used to assess dangerousness, Vars argues convincingly that the predictions of future dangerousness in sex offender civil commitment hearings are deeply flawed. This Essay contends that Vars’s [...]
Drafted decades before the advent of the personal computer and the digital age, Form 18 of the Federal Rules of Procedure, which sets forth a fill-in-the-blank template for a patent infringement complaint, has come under increasing scrutiny from litigants and courts around the country in the wake of Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly and Ashcroft [...]