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November | December 2005
Litmus Tests
By Lincoln Caplan


Leaving One-Child Behind
Chinese immigrants seek asylum in America from China's one-child policy.
By Michelle Chen

Display Cases
Ralph Nader's museum of tort law will include relics from famous lawsuits—if it ever gets built.
By Laura Longhine

Uneasy Riders
Myrtle Beach's separate and unequal biker rallies.
By Paul Wachter

Not Bloody Guilty
British lawyers are rushing to the defense of death-row inmates—in the American South.
By Dana Mulhauser

Oh, Behave!
Congress's recent efforts to punish federal judges flout the Constitution; it says so in the Good Behavior Clause.
By Todd David Peterson

Does a law firm have to keep your e-mail question confidential?
By William H. Simon

"Loser Pays" Doesn't
When lawsuit losers are forced to pay the legal fees of winners, the cost of litigation for everyone goes up.
By Herbert M. Kritzer

Tell baseball to dream on.
By Alan Schwarz

Outranked and Underrated
Rankings of law schools are inherently misleading. Ratings can reveal their strengths and weaknesses.
By Norman Bradburn

Behind the Hedge
In the untamed world of hedge funds, rigged deals and manipulated markets help the wealthy thrive while ordinary investors wither.
By David Skeel

The Enemy Among Us
They have grown smaller and quieter over the past decade, but citizen militias are still locked and loaded in rural America.

Is the FBI paying attention?
By Geoffrey Gagnon

A Blueprint for the Future
The federal government has embarked on the biggest courthouse building spree in history, hired the nation's finest architects to do the designing, and touched off a rancorous debate over what the courthouses of tomorrow should look like.
By Daniel Brook

Viagra Natural
Maca, a plant grown in the Andean highlands, is believed to boost male potency. The Quechua Indians cultivate it; a New Jersey company owns the patent on it. The Americans call the work that led to the patent bioprospecting. Others say it's stealing.
By Brendan I. Koerner

Artfully Made-up
Americans bought $6.4 billion worth of cosmeceutical skin care products last year. But customers who read between the fine lines discover that the most potent active ingredient is their own gullibility.
By Erika Kawalek

Fundamental Imports
The European origins of American civil liberties (and the American Civil Liberties Union).
By Mark Tushnet

Second Look at the Second City
Chicago lawyers changed a lot in 20 years.
By William Henderson

The taxonomy of lawyer jokes and other ideas from the nation's law reviews.

Born on the Fourth of July
America's Constitution was redeemed by the Declaration of Independence that came before it, not 75 years later by the Civil War.
By Murray Dry

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