Vol. 120 No. 4

Collegiate Athletics
CLR Forum

THE OLYMPIC-SIZED LOOPHOLE IN CALIFORNIA’S FAIR PAY TO PLAY ACT

Steven A. Bank*

On September 30, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 206, otherwise known as “The Fair Pay to Play Act.” When it goes into effect, the Fair Pay to Play Act will allow student-athletes enrolled in California colleges and universities to be compensated for the use of their name, images, and likenesses […]

FDA
Essay

THE COST OF NOVELTY

W. Nicholson Price II*

Patent law tries to spur the development of new and better innova­tive technology. But it focuses much more on “new” than “better”—and it turns out that “new” carries real social costs. I argue that patent law promotes innovation that diverges from existing technology, either a little (what I call “differentiating innovation”) or a lot (“exploring innova­tion”), at the expense of innovation that tells us more about existing[...]

Federal Reserve
Note

THE FEDERAL RESERVE’S QUESTIONABLE LEGAL BASIS FOR FOREIGN CENTRAL BANK LIQUIDITY SWAPS

Alexander R. Perry*

The 2008 financial crash precipitated a liquidity crisis of global proportions. With dollar funding shortages threatening the global financial system, the Federal Reserve turned to foreign central bank liquidity swaps as a key component of its crisis response. First used in the 1960s during the Bretton Woods era, foreign central bank liquidity swaps are essentially contracts between two central banks to lend each other currency.[...]

Employment Law
Article

KNOWLEDGE PAYS: REVERSING INFORMATION FLOWS AND THE FUTURE OF PAY EQUITY

Orly Lobel*

After years of stagnation, pay equity law is gaining spectacular momentum. In the past three years, over a dozen states have passed important new legislation with numerous other bills pending before the federal, state, and local legislatures and a rising number of class action suits underway. This Article, the first to study the emerging ecology of pay equity law, argues that the underlying logic of these reforms is to structurally change the ways[...]

Acting Officials
Article

ACTINGS

Anne Joseph O’Connell*

Temporary leaders in federal agencies—commonly known as “actings”—are a fixture of the modern administrative state. These acting officials have recently come under fire, particularly after President Trump ousted Jeff Sessions and installed Matthew Whitaker as acting Attorney General in November 2018. Yet despite their ubiquity and the fervent criticism we know almost nothing about them.

This Article examines open questions about[...]

Federal Courts
CLR Forum

ORTIZ AND THE PROBLEM OF INTRABRANCH LITIGATION

Andrea Nishi*

Introduction In September 2017, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Ortiz v. United States, a case challenging the appointment of a military judge. The case, which had come to the Court on appeal from the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF), was quickly complicated by an amicus brief arguing that the Court lacked […]