Standing to Sue in the Myriad Genetics Case

Megan M. La Belle  “¢ 23 Nov 2011 A short time ago, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its decision in Ass’n for Molecular Pathology v. USPTO (Myriad Genetics), one of the most important patent cases in recent history. The Myriad case addresses the controversial question […]

Failing Failed States: A Response to John Yoo

James Thuo Gathii  “¢ 03 Oct 2011 In Fixing Failed States, John Yoo shows why intervening states that seek to massively transform the social, economic, and political framework of failed states aim to do too much and ultimately fail. Yoo proposes that the role of intervening states should be minimal-enforcing power-sharing agreements between competing groups within failed […]

Regulating Offensiveness: Snyder v. Phelps, Emotion, and the First Amendment

  Christina Wells “¢ 05 Oct 2010 IntroductionSince 2005, the Reverend Fred Phelps and other members of the Westboro Baptist Church have outraged almost everyone by protesting near military funerals.[1] In Snyder v. Phelps the Supreme Court will finally decide whether that outrage is actionable.[2] Few people will lose sleep if the Court finds that […]

Liability and the Health Care Bill: An “Alternative” Perspective

  Amy Widman “¢Â 21 Sep 2010 The recently passed health care bill1 contains many provisions that deserve celebration. Improving access to care is an important first step. Enhancing patient safety and accountability is an important second step, one that proponents of medical malpractice reform often undermine with attempts to restrict the liability of health care […]

Right Problem; Wrong Solution

  Joseph L. Hoffmann and Nancy J. King “¢Â 14 Aug 2010 For the Great Writ of habeas corpus, these are the best of times and the worst of times.In Boumediene v. Bush, the Supreme Court, in a powerful and eloquent majority opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy, vindicated the right of a non-U.S. citizen, held in […]

Self-Represented Litigants in Family Law: The Response of California’s Courts

  Bonnie Hough  “¢ 10 Feb 2010 Approximately two hundred thousand divorce petitions are filed annually in California. Seventy percent of those cases involve at least one self-represented litigant at the beginning of the case.[1] That figure increases to 80 percent by the time of judgment.[2]This is not simply a California issue. Utah, for example, […]