Christopher Serkin—The politics of property is being turned on its head. Nowhere is that more evident than at the intersection of public power and private rights. That intersection—defined in part by the Takings Clause—has a conventional political valence. Liberals and progressives favor broad regulatory power. Conservatives and libertarians favor strong protection for private property. Those […]READ MORE
Joshua Ulan Galperin—In the spring of 2017, the United States Senate considered a bill that would significantly change healthcare policy in the country. This began in 2009 and 2010 when Democrats in Congress and from President Obama’s White House crafted the Affordable Care Act. That process was the subject of criticism for its lack of […]READ FULL ARTICLE
Ellen S. Podgor—Throughout history, there has been a long line of cases where prosecutors have attempted to stretch statutes to cover conduct that they consider criminal. Clearly, prosecutors have enormous discretion to pick and choose whom to charge, what to charge, when to charge, and whether to proceed against individuals or entities. Likewise, prosecutors decide […]READ FULL ARTICLE
Mark Osler—There is a broad consensus in the United States that we incarcerate too many people for non-violent narcotics crimes. One way to address that issue, at least within the federal system, is through the use of federal clemency. While President Obama used the Pardon Power in a significant way to grant commutations to 1,715 […]READ FULL ARTICLE
Sabrina Camboulives—In 2015, approximately 1.3 million refugees crossed into Europe in hopes of seeking asylum. They arrived by sea and also crossed devastated lands. The majority of the refugees in 2015 hailed from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq—war-torn countries whose violence has spurred an exodus to the proverbial Promised Land. But is Europe indeed a continent […]READ FULL ARTICLE
Jaime Neary—The interactions between Earth’s oceans and land bodies make up one of the oldest natural cycles on the planet. Unfortunately, events on land have had a disproportionately negative effect on the oceans since the evolution of humans. One example that demonstrates this interaction is ocean acidification. Over the last 200 years alone, there has […]READ FULL ARTICLE
Submissions The Vermont Law Review continually seeks articles, commentaries, essays, and book reviews on any subject concerning recent developments in state, federal, Native American, or international law.