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Vol. 136 No. 4
Introduction Oakland had a problem. Predatory lenders were aggressively targeting its residents, extracting exorbitant interest fees and imposing surprise balloon payments. Throughout the city,...
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Introduction Criminal justice reform advocates have long rallied against the criminalization of poverty in the United States. It’s well established that criminal justice involvement...
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In the summer of 2020, the city of Somerville, Massachusetts, passed the first multiple-partner domestic partnership ordinance in the country. Spurred by the pandemic,...
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The rise of zoning at the dawn of the twentieth century ushered in an era of city planning that promised to improve the “safety...
Constitutional Off-Loading at the City Limits
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Are rural communities powerful or powerless? This question arises regularly in today’s national public and scholarly discourses. The collective interest in the issue of...
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The most constitutionally divisive issues in the United States today often play out literally on the ground, in the realm of land use. For...
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In land-use law and policy, local governments regularly bear the burden of making unpopular decisions. Local governments enjoy some level of home rule —...
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What good is a prosecutor without police? On June 26, 2020, that question gained unexpected importance when the Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a...
Criminal Municipal Courts
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Kangaroo courts are seemingly everywhere and nowhere. Legal actors often use this term to describe substandard and defective tribunals across various areas of American...