Chen, Jim, Constitutional Commentary
Twenty years ago Daniel Farber cofounded Constitutional Commentary. (1) Dan's essay on McCulloch v. Maryland, (2) "Banking on National Power," concludes the twentieth volume of this journal. (3) Among his many achievements in twenty-two years on the faculty of the University of Minnesota Law School, Dan helped secure Constitutional Commentary's place as one of America's preeminent law journals. As of 2004, Dan will be teaching full-time at the University of California at Berkeley. Once again, glitzy California has snagged one of gritty Minnesota's best. (4) Though we hope that Dan will continue writing for Constitutional Commentary, "Banking on National Power" represents the last time he will appear in these pages as a member of the Minnesota law faculty and as an editor of this journal. As much as we wish we could travel back in time, change history, and thereby prevent Dan's departure, (5) we must accept the truth. Adios amigo, y viva Las Vegas: Elvis has left the building.
It is altogther fitting and proper that Dan's farewell to Constitutional Commentary and to Minnesota should address the enduring legacy of a decision that is arguably the most important case in American law. At least one empirical study of citation counts ranks McCulloch the most influential Supreme Court decision of all time. (6) McCulloch's relative importance is fiercely contested, of course. Some observers consider Brown v. Board of Education (7) "the most important decision in the history of the Court." (8) The iconic Marbury v. Madison (9) has its fans, (10) too, but Dan casts his favor elsewhere. By his own admission, Dan has reached the "unromantic" conclusion that …
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Publication information: Article title: Brilliance Remembered. Contributors: Chen, Jim - Author. Journal title: Constitutional Commentary. Volume: 20. Issue: 3 Publication date: Winter 2003. Page number: 717+. © 1998 Constitutional Commentary, Inc. COPYRIGHT 2003 Gale Group.
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