2014-2015 Board of Editors

Please join us in congratulating the following people on being elected to the 2014-2015 University of Illinois Law Review Editorial Board:


Editor-in-Chief: Nicholas Vallorano

Managing Editor: Sarah Kimmer

Executive Editor: John Byers

Executive Production Editor: Nicholas Pesavento

Managing Articles Editor: Christopher Worek

Articles Editors: Nisha Chandran, Brian Enright, Amanda Maslar, John Motylinski, Nate Wackman

Managing Notes Editor: Alex Garel-Frantzen

Notes Editors: Alexsis Dyschkant, Alyssa Falk, Anika Hermann, Akshay Mathew, Jamie Ward

Volume 2013, Number 5

The Board of Editors is pleased to present Issue 5 of the 2013 Volume of the Illinois Law Review.

In this annual symposium issue the University of Illinois Law Review presents the speaker contributions to the symposium on Akhil Amar’s latest book America’s Unwritten Constitution.

Contributions to this issue include:

  • Professor Hasday asking why sex equality is outside the constitutional canon.
  • Professor Samaha examining a few techniques for reaching preferred conclusions about constitutional stories without falling outside the boundary of conventional constitutional argument.
  • Professor LaCroix using a 1830 exchange between James Madison and Martin Van Buren as a case study to discuss the significance of the period between 1815 and 1850 as an era of constitutional change.
  • Professor Prakash offering a short and vigorous critique of America’s Unwritten Constitution.
  • Professor Sachs arguing that America’s Unwritten Constitution is a prod to the profession to look for legal rules outside the Constitution’s text.
  • Professor Whittington examining one feature of unwritten constitutions, the idea of constitutional conventions, by comparing the U.S. and British systems.
  • Professor Mazzone correcting the tendency of accounts of unwritten constitutional principles to overlook unwritten principles of federalism.
  • Professor Solum arguing that contemporary originalist constitutional theory is consistent with reliance on extraconstitutional sources in certain circumstances.
  • Professor McConnell examining the most common use of the term “unwritten” constitution—the practice of striking down state and federal laws on the grounds that they violate “fundamental rights” not directly mentioned in the Constitution.

The issue concludes with notes by Samuel Chase Means, Katherine Robillard, and John Tully.

Volume 2013, Number 4

The Board of Editors is pleased to present Issue 4 of the 2013 Volume of the Illinois Law Review.

First Professors Goodwin and Duke explain why federal and state commitments to align transitions from foster care services with the two-parent, often heterosexual model undermines primary goals of child welfare services, including providing permanent, stable placements for abandoned, neglected, and abused children.

Next, Professor Liu argues that the unique nature of copyrighted works passing into the public domain post-2018, along with dramatic cultural, economic, and technological changes in the past ten years, mean that our experience with a “new public domain” will differ fundamentally—and in ways not yet fully appreciated—from our experience with the old public domain.

Following, Professor Chapman explores the relationship between conscience and religion in history, political theory, and theology, and proposes a conception of conscience that supports a liberty of conscience distinct from religious liberty.

Further, Professor Zarsky sets forth a unique and comprehensive conceptual framework for understanding the role transparency must play as a regulatory concept in the crucial and innovative realm of automated predictive modeling.

The issue concludes with notes by Hannah Costigan-Cowles, Jane E. Dudzinski, Amy Timm, and Timothy Justin Trapp.