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About the Law Review

By publishing an annual volume of legal writing containing both professional and student work, the Law Review provides a forum for academic treatment of legal issues, offers a unique educational opportunity for its student members, and aids practitioners in understanding recent developments in the law. Members of the legal community generally consider law reviews persuasive reference sources and significant avenues to effect legal and social reform. During the last decade, state and federal courts, including the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeal, have cited the William & Mary Law Review more than two hundred times.  In 2005, Justice Scalia cited the William & Mary Law Review in his dissent from the United States Supreme Court's decision finding that the posting of the Ten Commandments in a Kentucky courthouse violated the Establishment Clause. See McCreary County v. American Civil Liberties Union, 545 U.S. 844, 887 (2005) (Scalia, J., dissenting). More recently, in 2008, Justice Stevens cited the William & Mary Law Review in his dissent from the Supreme Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570, 666 (2008) (Stevens, J., dissenting), where the Court struck down a handgun ban under the Second Amendment.

History

Since 1957, the William and Mary Law Review has published important scholarly work and has become one of the top general interest law journals in the country. Published six times per year—in October, November, February, March, April, and May—the Review has featured the work of noted scholars in all areas of the law. The Chair of Law at the College of William & Mary is the oldest in the United States and one of the oldest in the English-speaking world. Through the efforts of Thomas Jefferson, the College of William & Mary created a professorship of Law and Police on December 4, 1779. The College chose as the first occupant of the Chair George Wythe, in whose offices Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, James Monroe, and Henry Clay studied. From 1779 until the beginning of the Civil War, the study of law at William & Mary continued to develop. Due to the outbreak of hostilities in 1861 and the commencement of military campaigns on the Virginia Peninsula, the College was compelled to close its doors. Sixty years later, however, the historic priority in law was revived in a modern program that is now more than eighty years old. And, as of 2016, the William and Mary Law Review has expanded to include an online supplement that publishes additional original scholarship.

Membership Info

The Review extends membership invitations to approximately forty members of the first-year class.  The Review requires that all prospective members participate in the Joint Journal writing competition in the spring of their first year or, if the candidate is a joint degree student, in the spring of the year preceding his or her second-to-last year of law school.  Transfer students are also eligible to compete for membership on the Review. The competition begins after the last first-year final examination is completed. Upon acceptance of a membership invitation, the student becomes a staff member.

Membership on the Review is a two-year commitment. Early in the spring semester, the outgoing Editorial Board members select their successors after all second-year staff members interested in Editorial Board positions have completed the Editorial Board competition.

Noteworthy Articles

William & Mary Law Review articles cited in Supreme Court decisions:

2010-2011

Michael W. McConnell, Coercion: The Lost Element of Establishment, 27 WM. & MARY L. REV. 933 (1986), cited in  Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn, No. 09-978, slip op. at 14 (U.S. Apr. 4, 2011); Lee v. Weisman, 505 U.S. 577, 618 (1992) (Souter, J., concurring); County of Allegheny v. American Civil Liberties Union Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, 492 U.S. 573, 597, n.47 (1989).

Douglas Laycock, “Nonpreferential” Aid to Religion: A False Claim About Original Intent, 27 WM. & MARY L. REV.875 (1986), cited in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn, No. 09-978, slip op. at 23 (U.S. Apr. 4, 2011) (Kagan, J., dissenting); Rosenberger v. Rector and Visitors of University of Virginia, 515 U.S. 819, 854 (1995) (Thomas, J., concurring); Lee v. Weisman, 505 U.S. 577, 614, n.2 (1992) (Souter, J., concurring); County of Allegheny v. American Civil Liberties Union Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, 492 U.S. 573, 590, n. 39 (1989).

Laura Underkuffler-Freund, The Separation of the Religious and the Secular: A Foundational Challenge to First-Amendment Theory, 36 WM. & MARY L. REV. 837 (1995), cited in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn, No. 09-978, slip op. at 22 (U.S. Apr. 4, 2011) (Kagan, J., dissenting); McCreary County v. American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, 545 U.S. 844, 887 (2005) (Scalia, J., dissenting).

Gerhard Casper, An Essay in Separation of Powers: Some Early Versions and Practices, 30 WM. & MARY L. REV. 221 (1989), cited in Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, 130 S.Ct. 3138, 3166 (2010) (Breyer, J., dissenting); Freytag v. C.I.R., 501 U.S. 868, 909 (1991) (Scalia, J., concurring).

2000-2009

Saul Cornell, St. George Tucker and the Second Amendment: Original Understandings and Modern Misunderstandings, 47 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1123 (2006), cited in District of Columbia v. Heller, 128 S.Ct. 2783, 2839 (2008) (Stevens, J., dissenting).

Michael W. McConnell, Establishment and Disestablishment at the Founding, Part I: Establishment of Religion, 44 WM. & MARY L. REV. 2105, 2206-2207 (2003), cited in Cutter v. Wilkinson, 544 U.S. 709, 726 (2005) (Thomas, J., concurring).

Alan L. Adlestein, Conflict of the Criminal Statute of Limitations with Lesser Offenses at Trial, 37 WM. & MARY L. REV. 199, 246 (1995), cited in Stogner v. California, 539 U.S. 607, 619 (2003).

Michael J. Davidson, Note, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Controversial Defense for Veterans of a Controversial War, 29 WM. & MARY L. REV. 415 (1988), cited in Bell v. Cone, 535 U.S. 685, 705, n.1 (2002) (Stevens, J., dissenting).

Sandra Day O’Connor, Trends in the Relationship Between the Federal and State Courts from the Perspective of a State Court Judge, 22 WM. & MARY L. REV. 801, 813 (1981), cited in Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98, 137 (2000) (Ginsburg, J., dissenting).

1990-1999

Chester Antieau, Paul's Perverted Privileges or the True Meaning of the Privileges and Immunities Clause of Article Four, 9 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1, 18-21 (1967), cited in Saenz v. Roe, 526 U.S. 489, 526 (1999) (Thomas, J., dissenting).

Sara Sun Beale, Procedural Issues Raised by Guidelines Sentencing: The Constitutional Significance of the “Elements of the Sentence,” 35 WM. & MARY L. REV. 147, 157-158 (1993), cited in U.S. v. Watts, 519 U.S. 148, 164, n. 3 (1997) (Stevens J., dissenting).

William B. Stoebuck, Reception of English Common Law in the American Colonies, 10 WM. & MARY L. REV. 393, 401-420 (1968), cited in Seminole Tribe of Florida v. Florida, 517 U.S. 44, 133 (1996) (Souter, J., dissenting).

Lloyd Cutler, Now is the Time for All Good Men 30 WM. & MARY L. REV. 387, 395 (1989), cited in U.S. Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton, 514 U.S. 779, 923 (1995) (Thomas, J., dissenting).

Joseph F. Zimmerman, The Federal Voting Rights Act and Alternative Election Systems, 19 WM. & MARY L. REV.621, 654-657 (1978), cited in Holder v. Hall, 512 U.S. 874, 910, n.15 (1994) (Thomas, J., concurring).

Geoffrey R. Stone, Content Regulation and the First Amendment, 25 WM. & MARY L. REV. 189 (1983), cited in City of Ladue v. Gilleo, 512 U.S. 43, 60 (1994) (O’Connor, J., concurring).

Philip B. Kurland, The Origins of the Religion Clauses of the Constitution, 27 WM. & MARY L. REV. 839, 852 (1986), cited in Lee v. Weisman, 505 U.S. 577, 626 (1992) (Souter, J., concurring).

Susan G. Caughlan, Note, Private Possession of Child Pornography: The Tensions Between Stanley v. Georgia and New York v. Ferber, 29 WM. & MARY L. REV. 187, 212 (1987), cited in Osborne v. Ohio, 495 U.S. 103, 142, n. 17 (1990) (Blackmun, J., concurring).

1980-1989

Marc A. Franklin & David J. Bussel, The Plaintiff's Burden in Defamation: Awareness and Falsity, 25 WM. & MARY L. REV. 825, 856-865 (1984), cited in Harte-Hanks Communications, Inc. v. Connaughton, 491 U.S. 657, 661, n. 2 (1989); Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc. v. Hepps, 475 U.S. 767, 785, n. 6 (1986).

Roger J. Dennis, Materiality and the Efficient Capital Market Model: A Recipe for the Total Mix, 25 WM. & MARY L. REV. 373, 374-381, and n. 1 (1984), cited in Basic Inc. v. Levinson, 485 U.S. 224, 247, n. 24 (1988).

Gerald G. Ashdown, Good Faith, the Exclusionary Remedy, and Rule-Oriented Adjudication in the Criminal Process, 24 WM. & MARY L. REV. 335, 383-384 (1983), cited in U.S. v. Leon, 468 U.S. 897, 925, n. 26 (1984).

Kern Greenawalt, Silence as a Moral and Constitutional Right, 23 WM. & MARY L. REV. 15, 66-68 (1981), cited in Minnesota v. Murphy, 465 U.S. 420, 448, n.11 (1984).

1960-1979

Kenneth E. Vanlandingham, Municipal Home Rule in the United States, 10 WM. & MARY L. REV. 269 (1968), cited in City of Lafayette, La. v. Louisiana Power & Light Co., 435 U.S. 389, 434, n. 15 (1978) (Stewart, J., dissenting).   

William R. Pabst, Statistical Studies of the Costs of Six-Man versus Twelve-Man Juries, 14 WM. & MARY L. REV. 326-328 (1972), cited in Ballew v. Georgia, 435 U.S. 223, 231, n.10 (1978).

Comment, Restricted Venue in Suits Against National Banks: A Procedural Anachronism, 15 WM. & MARY L. REV. 179 (1973), cited in Citizens and Southern Nat. Bank v. Bougas, 434 U.S. 35, 38 (1977).

Carl McGowan, Constitutional Interpretation and Criminal Identification, 12 WM. & MARY L. REV. 235, 240-41 (1970), cited in Manson v. Brathwaite, 432 U.S. 98, 112, n. 12 (1977); Moore v. Illinois, 408 U.S. 786, 806, n. 4 (1972) (Marshall, J., concurring in part and dissenting in part).

E.J. Schaefer, Passing-On Theory in Antitrust Treble Damage Actions: An Economic and Legal Analysis, 16 WM. & MARY L. REV. 883, 887, 893 (1975), cited in Illinois Brick Co. v. Illinois, 431 U.S. 720, 742, n.25 (1977).

David S. Rudstein, Double Jeopardy in Juvenile Proceedings, 14 WM. & MARY L. REV. 266, 297-306 (1972), cited in Breed v. Jones, 421 U.S. 519, 535, n. 14 (1975).

Comment, Variance Procedures under the Clean Air Act: The Need for Flexibility, 15 WM. & MARY L. REV. 324 (1973), cited in Train v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., 421 U.S. 60, 91, n. 25 (1975).
 
Jerome L. Merin, Libel and the Supreme Court, 11 WM. & MARY L.REV. 371, 373-380 (1969), cited in Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc., 418 U.S. 323, 381, n. 11 (1974) (White, J., dissenting).

Comment, Avoiding the Anti-Injunction Statute in Suits to Enjoin Termination of Tax-Exempt Status, 14 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1014, 1025 (1973), cited in Alexander v. ""Americans United'' Inc., 416 U.S. 752, 781, n. 16 (1974) (Blackmun, J., dissenting).

Erwin A. Elias, Sex Publications and Moral Corruption: The Supreme Court Dilemma, 9 WM. & MARY L. REV. 302, 320-321 (1967), cited in Ginsberg v. State of N. Y., 390 U.S. 629, 639, n. 7 (1968).

 

A sampling of William & Mary Law Review articles cited in recent Circuit Court decisions:

Frank E. Correll Jr.,  "You Fall into Scylla in Seeking to Avoid Charybdis”: The Second Circuit's Pragmatic Approach to Supervised Release for Sex Offenders, 49 WM. & MARY L. REV. 681, 682–702 (2007), cited in U.S. v. Miller, 665 F.3d 114, 134 (5th Cir. 2011).

Philip G. Schrag,  Rejecting Refugees: Homeland Security's Administration of the One–Year Bar to Asylum, 52 WM. & MARY L. REV. 651, 653 (2010), cited in Vahora v. Holder, 641 F.3d 1038, 1046 (9th Cir. 2011).

Robin J. Effron,  The Plaintiff Neutrality Principle: Pleading Complex Litigation in the Era of Twombly and Iqbal, 51 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1997, 2022 (2010), cited in  In re Cmty. Bank of N. Virginia, 622 F.3d 275, 302 (3d Cir. 2010), as amended (Oct. 20, 2010).

Angela Litwin, The Affordability Paradox: How Consumer Bankruptcy's Greatest Weakness May Account for Its Surprising Success, 52 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1933 (2011), cited in In re Puffer, 674 F.3d 78, 84 (1st Cir. 2012) (Lipez, J., concurring).

Michael M. O'Hear, Appellate Review of Sentences: Reconsidering Deference, 51 WM. & MARY L. REV. 2123 (2010), cited in United States v. Edwards, 622 F.3d 1215, 1217 (9th Cir. 2010) (Gould, J., dissenting from denial of reheaing en banc); United States v. Gonzalez, 608 F.3d 1001, 1008 (7th Cir. 2010), cert. denied, 131 S. Ct. 952 (2011).

Catherine L. Amspacher & Randel Steven Springer, Note, Humor, Defamation and Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress: The Potential Predicament for Private Figure Plaintiffs, 31 WM. & MARY L. REV. 701 (1990), cited in Mink v. Knox, 613 F.3d 995, 1012 (10th Cir. 2010) (Gorsuch, J., concurring).

Ralph Brubaker, On the Nature of Federal Bankruptcy Jurisdiction: A General Statutory and Constitutional Theory, 41 WM. & MARY L. REV. 743, 911 (2000), cited in In re Morrison, 555 F.3d 473, 478 (5th Cir. 2009). 

Doriane Lambelet Coleman, Storming the Castle to Save the Children: The Ironic Costs of a Child Welfare Exception to the Fourth Amendment, 47 WM. & MARY L. REV. 413, 417 (2005), cited in Greene v. Camreta, 558 F.3d 1011, 1016 (9th Cir. 2009) vacated in part, 563 U.S. 692 (2011), and vacated in part, 661 F.3d 1201 (9th Cir. 2011).

Daniel M. Vannella, Note, Let the Jury do the Waive: How Apprendi v. New Jersey Applies to Juvenile Transfer Proceedings, 48 WM. & MARY L. REV. 723, 753 (2006), cited in Gonzales v. Tafoya, 515 F.3d 1097, 1103 (10th Cir. 2008), cert. denied 129 S.Ct. 211 (2008).

David C. Holman, Note, Death by a Thousand Cases: After Booker, Rita, and Gall, the Guidelines Still Violate the Sixth Amendment, 50 WM. & MARY L. REV. 267, 298-300 (2008), cited in United States v. Gardellini, 545 F.3d 1089, 1094 n.5 (D.C. Cir. 2008).

James J. Bilsborrow, Note, Sentencing Acquitted Conduct to the Post-Booker Dustbin, 49 WM. & MARY L. REV. 289 (2007), cited by Judge Gilbert S. Merritt in dissents in United States v. Sexton, 512 F.3d 326, 335 484 (6th Cir. 2008), United States v. Sedore, 512 F.3d 819, 831 (6th Cir. 2008), United States v. Phinazee, 515 F.3d 511, 525 (6th Cir. 2008), United States v. Thompson 515 F.3d 556, 571 (6th Cir. 2008).

Stewart E. Sterk, The Demise of Federal Takings Litigation, 48 WM. & MARY L. REV. 251, 292-300 (2006), cited in McNamara v. City of Rittman, 473 F.3d 633, 640 (6th Cir. 2007), cert. denied 128 S.Ct. 67 (2007).

Michael McConnell, Establishment and Disestablishment at the Founding, Part I: Establishment of Religion, 44 WM. & MARY L. REV. 2105, 2110-30 (2003), cited in Mellen v. Bunting, 341 F.3d 312, 329 (4th Cir. 2003) (Niemeyer, J., dissenting from denial of rehearing en banc), cert. denied 541 U.S. 1019 (2004).

D. Randall Johnson, The Criminally Derived Property Statute: Constitutional and Interpretive Issues Raised by 18 U.S.C. § 1957, 34 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1291, 1302 (1993), cited in United States v. Cefaratti, 221 F.3d 502, 512 n. 7 (3d Cir. 2000).

Paul M. Bator, The State Courts and Federal Constitutional Litigation, 22 WM. & MARY L. REV. 605, 631-35 (1981), cited in Burgess v. Lowery, 201 F.3d 942, 946 (7th Cir. 2000) (Posner, J.), cert. denied 531 U.S. 817 (2000).

Joshua Dressler, A Lesson in Caution, Overwork, and Fatigue: The Judicial Miscraftsmanship of Segura v. United States, 26 WM. & MARY L. REV. 375, 416 (1985), cited in United States v. Grosenheider, 200 F.3d 321, 329 (5th Cir. 2000).

 

The National Law Journal recognized the following pieces in its 1990s "Worth Reading" column:

Symposium: Reflections on City of Boerne v. Flores, 39 WM. & MARY L. REV. 601-960 (1998).

Fred Zacharias, Justice in Plea Bargaining, 39 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1121 (1998).

Paul E. McGreal, The Flawed Economics of the Dormant Commerce Clause, 39 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1191 (1998).

Simon D. Ulcickas, Note, Internal Revenue Code Section 1259: A Legitimate Foundation for Taxing Short Sales Against the Box or a Mere Makeover?, 39 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1355 (1998).

Mark C. Van Deusen, Note, The Attorney-Client Privilege for In-House Counsel When Negotiating Contracts, 39 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1397 (1998).

Donald L. Beschle, What's Guilt (or Deterrence) Got to Do With It?: The Death Penalty, Ritual, and Mimetic Violence, 38 WM. & MARY L. REV. 487 (1997).

Vincent DiLorenzo, Legislative Heart and Phase Transitions: An Exploratory Study of congress and Minority Interests, 38 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1729 (1997).

Michael C. Harper, Multiemployer Bargaining, Antitrust Law, and Team Sports: The contingent Choice of a Broad Exemption, 38 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1663 (1997).

Laurie Reynolds, Adjudication in Indian Country: The Confusing Parameters of State, Federal, and Tribal Jurisdiction, 38 WM. & MARY L. REV. 539 (1997).

Alison Tuley, Note, Outtakes, Hidden Cameras, and the First Amendment: A Reporter's Privilege, 38 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1817 (1997).