Online Companion to Mitchell Hamline Law Review
In 2014, the William Mitchell Law Review began publishing an online-only issue called Sua Sponte. The original purpose of Sua Sponte was to make dialogue and scholarship surrounding exciting legal issues accessible to all; the issue focused on work by William Mitchell faculty and students.
After the 2016 combination of the William Mitchell Law Review and Hamline Law Review, the new-yet-old Mitchell Hamline Law Review revamped Sua Sponte. As of 2017, the online-only issue publishes a larger roster of articles than in previous years and is broadly “Minnesota”-themed, featuring articles on Minnesota topics and/or by Minnesota authors. This theme allows Sua Sponte to continue to publish work by Mitchell Hamline School of Law faculty and students while engaging more deeply with topics of interest to the local community. Whether an article gets its “Minnesota” credentials through its topic or its author, Sua Sponte aims to showcase the vibrancy of the Minnesota legal community in a format that is easily accessible to all.
The Mitchell Hamline Law Review is pleased to announce the publication of the first Sua Sponte article of Volume 43.
The first article fits with Sua Sponte’s “Minnesota” theme by highlighting a very important figure in legal history with very local connections: Chief Justice Warren Burger grew up in St. Paul and graduated from St. Paul College of Law, one of the predecessor schools to Mitchell Hamline School of Law, in 1931. From Warren to Burger: Race Relations Inside the Court by Robert Fabrikant provides a unique and personal look at Chief Justice Burger’s contributions to racial equality in the United States by describing the United States Supreme Court as a workplace under Chief Justice Burger. The author clerked for Chief Justice Burger on the D.C. Circuit Court and then at the Supreme Court; he is currently an attorney in Washington, D.C. and a Professor in the Practice at Howard University School of Law. The Law Review thanks Mr. Fabrikant for publishing this piece with Chief Justice Burger’s alma mater!
Volume 43 will publish five articles in Sua Sponte beginning in April 2017.
- Robert Fabrikant, From Warren to Burger: Race Relations Inside the CourtPosted April 11
- Jacob B. Shoop, The Rise of Renewables and Distributed Generation in MinnesotaPosted May 22
- Michael Sheran, Diverging Paths: The Minnesota Supreme Court’s Decision to Reject the “Plausibility” Pleading Standard in Walsh v. U.S. BankPosted May 22
- Allira Sharma, Protecting Victims of Domestic Abuse from an Overly Rigid Interpretation of the Implied Consent Law—Axelberg v. Commissioner of Public SafetyPosted May 22
- Douglas R. Heidenreich, The Ol’ Perfesser’s Guide for the First-Year Law StudentPosted May 23
- John Sonsteng et al., The Unfulfilled Promise of Law Schools to Prepare Students for the Practice of Law: An Empirical Study Demonstrating the Effectiveness of General Law School Curriculum in Preparing Lawyers for the Practice of LawPosted May 23
- Lindsey R. Wheeler, Driving Privilege Cards for Undocumented Minnesotans: Addressing Constitutional Concerns and Promoting Public SafetyPosted May 23
- Jennifer Johnson, Transgender Youth in Public Schools: Why Identity Matters in the RestroomPosted May 23