Northwestern University Law Review

Scholarly journal that features legal commentary, emerging developments, topic analysis, and controversial issue debate.

Articles from Vol. 113, No. 4, 2019

Abolishing the Suicide Rule
IntroductionSuicide has been a controversial topic for centuries. But in recent years, the subject has garnered increased public attention. A 2018 study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that suicide rates increased...
Consequential Sex: #Metoo, Masterpiece Cakeshop, and Private Sexual Regulation
IntroductionOver the last sixty years, there has been a tectonic shift in American sexual culture. The combination of decriminalization, shifting social mores, and the recognition of constitutional privacy protections has given rise to what some have...
Fourth Amendment Gloss
INTRODUCTIONConstitutional rights supposedly constrain government actors.1 To restrain the state in some meaningful way, a right must place out of lawful bounds some activities that government would otherwise do or else require some action that government...
Housing, Healthism, and the Hud Smoke-Free Policy †
INTRODUCTIONOn July 23, 2018, six smokers sued the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and HUD Secretary Ben Carson.1 The plaintiffs are challenging HUD's recent smoke-free policy, a rule that requires public housing authorities (PHAs)2...
Redefining Workplace Speech after Janus
INTRODUCTIONIndividuals have a First Amendment right to criticize the government, even if their speech is insulting, vulgar, racist, or untrue.1 For government employees, however, this does not translate to freedom to criticize one's boss. over twenty...
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