Stanford Law & Policy Review

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We are pleased to present Volume 26, Issue 2 (2014-15) below.

For shorter pieces on more current topics, please visit SLPR Online. This online platform was created in 2013 and complements SLPR's print journal by publishing pieces on a rolling basis.

Current Issue

Volume 26, Issue 2: Religion and the Law

Articles

Addressing Three Problems in Commentary on Catholics at the Supreme Court by Reference to Three Decades of Catholic Bishops' Amicus Briefs

Much commentary about Catholic Justices serving on the Supreme Court suffers from various shortcomings. In identifying and countering these shortcomings, this Article assesses the votes of the Justices - Catholic and non-Catholic alike - in the full set of cases from the Rehnquist Court and the Roberts Court (through June 2014) in which the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops filed an amicus curiae brief.

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  • October 2015
  • 26 Stan.L.& Pol'y Rev. 411
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Archetypes of Faith: How Americans See, and Believe in, Their Constitution

In this Article, I offer a new framework to illuminate how American faith in the Constitution is sustained over time. I build upon the evocative Passover story of the Four Sons—one of whom is wise, one wicked, one simple, and one who does not know how to ask—and argue that these archetypes resonate deeply in the constitutional context.  

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  • October 2015
  • 26 Stan.L.& Pol'y Rev. 555
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Notes

Knowledge Is Power: Assessing the Legal Challenges of Teaching Character in Charter Schools

Lilah Hume Wolf

This Note focuses on two areas of legal concern prompted by conversations with administrators at various charter schools: First Amendment challenges regarding character education, and liability associated with so-called “inclusive” education. 

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  • October 2015
  • 26 Stan.L.& Pol'y Rev. 671
  • Note

To Protect and Spy: The San Francisco Police Department & The Civil Rights Ordinance

Neel Lalchandani

This Note begins by examining the problems with the SFPD’s involvement in federal counterterrorism investigations. It then considers how San Francisco’s Civil Rights Ordinance presented an innovative yet simple approach to remedying these problems. 

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  • October 2015
  • 26 Stan.L.& Pol'y Rev. 701
  • Note

Latest Online

Religious Objections to the Death Penalty After Hobby Lobby

In Glossip v. Gross,[1] the Supreme Court held that in order to prevail on the claim that a method of execution is cruel and unusual punishment, petitioners must prove that there is an available alternative that entails a lesser risk of pain.... Read more about Religious Objections to the Death Penalty After Hobby Lobby

  • August 10, 2015
  • 27 Stan.L.& Pol'y Rev. 1