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Slip Opinions Inaugural Issue

We are pleased to introduce Slip Opinions, the new online companion to the University of Illinois Law Review. This new publication is designed to close the gap between traditional law review publications and online news sources.

By publishing short, timely articles, Slip Opinions provides an accessible medium for scholarly discussion, while reaching a broad spectrum of legal readers. Please check out our inaugural Issue, which features an update on actions following the BP oil spill, a discussion of the dangers of overlapping trademark and copyright protection for creative works, a plea for clear rights for lesbian mothers caught in abusive relationships, a primer on teaching corporate finance to law students, and a commentary on Medicaid expansion as the potential realization of the “Great Society” envisioned by Lyndon Johnson.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

-The 2015 Board of Editors


Volume 2014, Number 4

The Board of Editors is pleased to present Issue 4 of the 2014 Volume of the Illinois Law Review.

First, Professors Hawkins, Skiba, and Fritzdixon take a novel position on the title lending debate. Instead of focusing on the risks and consequences of borrowers’ cars being repossessed, their article argues that the primary problem borrowers face is underestimating the true cost of taking out a title loan. In light of these findings, they ultimately conclude that an outright ban of title lending is unwarranted.

Second, Professor Borgmann sheds light on the highly controversial topic of government-imposed bodily intrusions. The article provides a framework for the Constitutional foundation for the right against these intrusions.

Third, Professor Stevenson examines the systematic effects and costs of widespread codification.

Fourth, Professors Logan and Wright provide the first comprehensive examination of the legal, policy, and institutional ramifications of Legal Financial Obligations.

Issue 4 next presents 5 essays responding to Professor Hyman’s article “Why did Law Professors Misunderestimate the Lawsuits against PPACA?” Professors Ramseyer, Blackman, Blumstein, Mazzone, and Koppelman all contribute to this discussion on the Affordable Care Act. The final article, by Professor Hyman responds to and summarizes the foregoing discussion.

Issue 4 concludes with notes by Nathaniel Koppel, Kyle Lennox, and Nicholas Moeller.


New Members Announced for 2014-15

Please join us in congratulating the Law Review’s newest additions. Their commitment to excellence and attention to detail has earned them a place on one of the finest legal journals in the country.

Blair Anthony
Alexis Bargione
Kristen Bradley
Heidi Brady
Hannah Brennan
Fang Bu
Amy Ceranowicz
Matthew Chang
Todd Cherry
Han Cui
Madeline Davis
Samuel Domjen
Jennifer Eldridge
Elizabeth Farrington
Tara Feld
Benjamin Ganellen
Alexandra Gecas
Anna Gotfryd
Amy Harwath
Julia Holcer
Zachary Johnson
Ismail Kuru
Elizabeth Martin
Kevin McKeown
Nicholas Meerson
Ryan Mills
Robert Morse
Kyle Mueller
Philip Pence
Lucas Rael
Michael Rayfield
Stephen Ross
William Schmitz
Abigail Twenter
Scott Vail
Dilan Weeratunga
Michael T. Wester
Jake Wiesen
Tyler Zmick