Minnesota Law Review Lead Article Profiled in The New York Times
MAY 7, 2013—The lead article in Minnesota Law Review's 97th Volume was profiled in the Sunday, May 5, edition of The New York Times. "How Business Fares in the Supreme Court," a study authored by Lee Epstein, William Landes, and Judge Richard Posner, examined the claim that the current Supreme Court is more favorable to business than previous Supreme Courts have been.
Writing for The New York Times, reporter Adam Liptak noted, "Whether the Roberts court is unusually friendly to business has been the subject of repeated discussion, much of it based on anecdotes and studies based on small slices of empirical evidence. The new study, by contrast, takes a careful and comprehensive look at some 2,000 decisions from 1946 to 2011."
The study concluded that, during the time period of 1946–2011, of the ten Supreme Court justices most likely to favor business interests, five are members of the current "Roberts Court," with two of them—Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito—ranking at the very top among the thirty-six Justices in the study.
University of Minnesota Law students and Law Review editors Chris Schmitter (’13), Lisa Beane (’13), Brian Burke (’13), Tom Pryor (’13), and Matt Rotenberg (’13) were responsible for bringing the piece to the journal and managing it during the editing process.
Lee Epstein teaches law and political science at the University of Southern California; William M. Landes is an economist at the University of Chicago; and Judge Richard A. Posner sits on the federal appeals court in Chicago and teaches law at the University of Chicago.