Faulkner Law Review is currently soliciting articles for Volume 9, which will be published in the 2017-18 academic year. Faulkner publishes two issues each year, a Fall and a Spring issue. The goal of Faulkner Law Review is to publish a varied body of legal scholarship primarily focused on the impact of contemporary issues on the Anglo-American legal tradition.

Our Fall issue has a narrow theme and coincides with our annual Law Review Symposium. The theme of issue one is “The Role of the Executive in the Anglo-American Legal Tradition.” Scholars accepted for publication will be invited to present their articles at our symposium, which will be held on October 2-3, 2017 in Montgomery, AL.

This year’s keynote speaker will be former Solicitor General of the United States and United States Court of Appeals Judge Kenneth Starr. Our Monday plenary speaker will be Professor Carson Holloway, associate professor of political science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and author, most recently, of Hamilton versus Jefferson in the Washington Administration. Our Tuesday plenary speaker will be Josh Blackman, Associate Professor of Law at the South Texas College of Law and author of Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare.

Consistent with the mission of Faulkner Law Review to promote understanding of contemporary questions by drawing upon the resources of the Anglo-American legal tradition, our Fall issue will explore both historical and current uses of executive power to shape law and policy. The executive power has common-law roots in the royal prerogative, and every state has an executive branch of government. Article II, Section 1 of the United States Constitution vests in the President of the United States “executive power.” While Section II enumerates certain specific powers, such as the powers to appoint ambassadors and to make treaties, much of what is now understood to constitute an executive power has been shaped by executive action and by judicial interpretation of the Constitution.

Recent challenges to exercises of executive power have played out in American courts. In the past decade, there have been challenges to the extent of a president’s treaty-making power, his power as Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, the proper use of executive orders, and the power of executive agencies to promulgate regulations implementing legislative acts. Currently, several courts are considering the scope of executive power to regulate immigration. The Faulkner Law Review seeks articles considering these and other timely issues.

Our Spring issue is broader in scope and we are accepting articles that touch on any aspect of the Anglo-American legal tradition. For both issues, we will consider any manuscript between 6,500 and 20,000 words. Student works will only be considered for the Spring issue.

Please direct inquiries and submissions to the Editor-in-Chief, Robert McBride, at

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