Author:Swiber, Patrick

The American legal system as an institution is inherently conservative. It does not often undergo sudden, radical change, but rather tends to gently evolve over time. Yet in many ways our twenty-first century American society is quite the opposite. Not a day passes now without the introduction of some technology that promises to revolutionize the way we do one thing or another. How can the law embrace gains made by innovators in other professions? What changes, if any, must be made to our current intellectual property laws? Is there a role for technological innovation to play in the current debate over economic inequality in this country? This Issue includes seven Essays from scholars and legal practitioners who addressed those questions and others at the Thirty-Fourth Annual Federalist Society National Student Symposium.

This Issue also includes three Articles, the first two of which share a common topic. Professor James Lindgren and Mr. James Phillips both address the status of conservatives in legal academia. Professor Lindgren's Article--originally written in the late 1990s but first published here, including new data and analysis from recent years--examines the representation of different groups in the legal academy and compares it to society more generally. Mr. Phillips takes an empirical approach to evaluating possible explanations for some of the phenomena that Professor Lindgren observed, namely that conservatives and libertarians are in fact underrepresented in legal academia. Finally, Mr. Paul J. Larkin, Jr., discusses the proliferation of occupational licensing requirements and evaluates their effects, in part using Public Choice Theory.

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