Duke Law Journal

A bimonthly law journal edited by a student board. A third of each issue consists of student notes dealing with current legal developments, and the remaining content is devoted to articles and comments by professors and practitioners. Generally one issue

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 2, November

Leaving the House: The Constitutional Status of Resignation from the House of Representatives
ABSTRACT Do members of the House of Representatives have a constitutional right to resign their seats? This Article uses that question as a window onto broader issues about the relationship between legislators and citizens and the respective roles...
The Development and Failure of Social Norms in Second Life
ABSTRACT This Note analyzes the development and efficacy of social norms in maximizing the welfare of participants in the virtual community of Second Life. Although some of these norms developed appropriately in response to the objectives and purposes...
The Newest Spectator Sport: Why Extending Victims' Rights to the Spectators' Gallery Erodes the Presumption of Innocence
ABSTRACT A criminal defendant in the United States is innocent until proven guilty and has a Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial and an impartial jury. Although the American criminal justice system generally goes to great lengths to afford defendants...
Victims' Rights in an Adversary System
ABSTRACT The victims' rights movement argues that because the outcome of criminal prosecutions affects crime victims, the justice system should consider their interests during proceedings. In 2004, Congress passed the Crime Victims' Rights Act (CVRA),...