Boston College Law Review

Articles from Vol. 56, No. 85, 2015

Fear and Loathing in Colorado: Invoking the Supreme Court's State-Controversy Jurisdiction to Challenge the Marijuana-Legalization Experiment
INTRODUCTIONLouis Brandeis famously observed that "[i]t is one of the happy incidents of the federal system that a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk...
Financial Rewards for Whistleblowing Lawyers
INTRODUCTIONThe federal government increasingly relies on whistleblowers to assist in the enforcement of legal norms. This reliance is reflected not just in statutes promising protection for whistleblowers that experience retaliation, but also in other...
Further and Further,amen: Expanded National Labor Relations Board Jurisdiction over Religious Schools
INTRODUCTIONAcross the United States, thousands of elementary and high schools affiliated with the Catholic Church educate approximately two million students each year.1 It is a fundamental aspect of these schools' educational and spiritual mission to...
Legitimate Families and Equal Protection
INTRODUCTIONWhy is it unconstitutional for the law to treat legitimate and illegitimate children differently? This Article argues that usually it is not, but in recent federal same-sex marriage litigation, amici briefs repeatedly argued that legitimacy...
Protecting the Privacies of Digital Life: Riley V. California, the Fourth Amendment's Particularity Requirement, and Search Protocols for Cell Phone Search Warrants
INTRODUCTIONAs of January 2014, ninety percent of American adults own a cell phone.1 In 2013, Americans used their cell phones to send 1.9 trillion text messages, talk for 2.6 trillion minutes, and view 3.2 trillion megabytes worth of data from the Internet.2...
Reaching within Silk Road: The Need for a New Subpoena Power That Targets Illegal Bitcoin Transactions
INTRODUCTIONIn the increasingly public digital age, virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin, have become very attractive to those seeking online privacy.1 Although some users purchase Bitcoin for the novelty value, others opt in because of the heightened...
The Efficiency Norm
INTRODUCTIONAs even the most novice student of economics knows, the term efficient is not synonymous with inexpensive. Yet, if we conceive of the rules and doctrines governing procedure as a product, the Judiciary, Congress, and federal civil rulemakers...
We Need Professional Help: Advocating for a Consistent Standard of Review When Regulations of Professional Speech Implicate the First Amendment
INTRODUCTIONOn August 19, 2013, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey signed a bill that prohibited licensed therapists in the state of New Jersey from using sexual orientation change efforts, also known as conversion therapy, to treat minors.1 Conversion...
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