Fordham Urban Law Journal

A bimonthly legal book published by the law school at Fordham University. Each issue focuses on a single topic, and publishes original research, critical pieces, and long-form essays related to that topic.

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 5, October

Arrested Development: Bob Dylan, Held for Questioning under Suspicion of "Autism"
This Article discusses an encounter Bob Dylan had with the law and its meaning in the context of the social constructions of mental disability, in general, and on autism in particular. I do not, need not, and should not speculate on Dylan's autism...
Bob Dylan on Lenny Bruce: More of an Outlaw Than You Ever Were
This Essay seeks to compare and contrast two contemporary performing artists: Bob Dylan and Lenny Bruce. An Essay that "compares and contrasts" is a traditional academic exercise. The genre may seem artificial, even corny, because it arbitrarily takes...
Bob Dylan's Lawyers, a Dark Day in Luzerne County, and Learning to Take Legal Ethics Seriously
"Some of us'll wind up to be lawyers and things." (1) Introduction I. Where's Bob, Chronicles, and Learning to Be like Him II. Woody Guthrie, The Lost Land, and Seeking a Poet in Lawyers III. Archibald MacLeish, The New Morning, and Providing...
Dylan and the Last Love Song of the American Left
I want to begin by thanking a great University for its contribution to my love of music. When I was a fifteen-year-old kid and a student at Regis High School, the Jesuits did not think that the school day ended at 3:00 PM. Instead, they insisted...
Dylan's Judgment on Judges: Power and Greed and Corruptible Seed Seem to Be All That There Is
Introduction Indictment A. Summary of Allegations B. Background C. Count One: Abuse of Power D. Count Two: Greed E. Count Three: Corruptible Seed F. Conclusion Brady Letter INTRODUCTION I am neither an academic nor a life-long...
Funding Port-Related Infrastructure and Development: The Current Debate and Proposed Reform
Introduction I. Constitutional and Statutory Restrictions on Port Operations A. The Tonnage Clause B. The Shipping Act C. Plaquemines. Courts' Exacting Standard Under the Shipping Act II. Addressing the Funding Problem ...
Life Cycles of American Legal History through Bob Dylan's Eyes
Introduction I. First Crucifixion: The Pre-Civil War Period II. First Death: The Civil War and the Birth of the Modern Corporation III. Reconstruction I: The Resurrection of America During the Post-Civil War Period IV. America's...
"No Older 'N Seventeen": Defending in Dylan Country
Introduction I. The Iron Range II. Black Kid in a White Institution III. East Coast Lawyer in a Northern Minnesota Courthouse Conclusion: What Would Dylan Think Oh, the age of the inmates I remember quite freely: No younger than twelve ...
Symposium: Bob Dylan and the Law Foreword
Introduction I. Dylan's Jurisprudence II. Dylan and Judges III. Dylan in American Law and Culture IV. Dylan and the Practice of Law Conclusion INTRODUCTION On April 4-5, 2011, Fordham Law School hosted a Symposium on Bob Dylan and the Law,...
Tangled Up in Law: The Jurisprudence of Bob Dylan
Introduction I. Civil Rights II. Inequality of the Criminal Justice System III. Institutions IV. Governmental/Judicial Corruption V. Equality and Emancipation VI. Poverty, Environment, and Inequality of the Civil Justice System VII. Role...
The Freewheelin' Judiciary: A Bob Dylan Anthology
Introduction I. Why Dylan? II. A Dylan Legal Anthology A. Percy's Song B. "You Don't Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Wind Blows". 1. Of Weathermen, Expert Witnesses, and Obvious Conclusions 2. Of Weathermen...
When the Law Doesn't Work
Introduction I. Dylan's Traditional Songs II. The Finger-Pointing Songs A. The Ballad of Donald White B. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll C. Hurricane III. Bad Judge Ballads A. Percy's Song B. Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic...
Why the Law Needs Music: Revisiting NAACP V. Button through the Songs of Bob Dylan
Introduction I. NAA CP v. Button II. On Music History and the Law III. Revisiting NAA CP v. Button Through the Songs of Bob Dylan, or Why the Law Needs Music History A. Music's Influence in Advancing Law: Blowin 'in the Wind B....