Since 1948, University of Oklahoma College of Law has published the Oklahoma Law Review to serve the profession and the public with timely discussion of legal issues.  The Review is published by a student editorial board, operating with the advice of faculty.  The Review contains lead articles written by scholars and practitioners, as well as student notes and comments.

Students may earn membership through achieving a high academic standing or being selected through a writing competition. The criteria for each method are explained to first-year students in the Legal Research and Writing class.  Members and editors develop invaluable skills in analyzing legal problems, marshaling authorities, and expressing themselves accurately and precisely. Students who serve on the Review earn academic credit for their work.


The Oklahoma Law Review invites you to its Annual Symposium on Friday, November 14, 2014, discussing the Supreme Court's 1889 immigration law decision Chae Chan Ping v. United States and how it continues to shape immigration policy today.

In 1889, the Supreme Court of the United States decided one of the most significant cases in immigration law: Chae Chan Ping vs. United States. In that decision, the Court held that Congressional determinations about who to admit into and exclude from the United States are “conclusive upon the judiciary."

This holding, later characterized as the “plenary power” doctrine, throws a wrench in the traditional understanding of the United States as having three co-equal branches of government. In the immigration context, the judiciary stands down. It will not review Congressional decisions on immigration, even if those decisions might be considered unconstitutional had they been applied to U.S. citizens.

One hundred and twenty five years later, Chae Chan Ping remains a powerful force in immigration law. Our panel of experts will debate the continuing relevance of this nineteenth-century decision.

The symposium will feature presentations by David Martin, Kevin Johnson, Margaret Taylor, Rose Cuison Villzor, Victor Romero, and Michael Scaperlanda. It will be held from 9 a.m. till noon, in the Bell Courtroom, Andrew Coats Hall, OU Law Center, 300 Timberdell Road, Norman, OK.  Lunch will be served following the presentations.  Parking will be available in the south lot of the College of Law.  Please RSVP to Amanda Lee at amanda.j.lee-1@ou.edu by Monday, November 10.

Vol. 67, no 1 of the Oklahoma Law Review (Fall 2014) is now available in PDF format at the Current Issue page.  Vol. 66, no. 4 of  the
Review (Summer 2014) is available at the Current Issue page as well.  The Summer 2014 issue consists of articles from the Oklahoma Law Review's November 2013 symposium on law enforcement access to third party records

The Oklahoma Law Review's 2014-2015 editorial board members are as follows: Editor-in-Chief: Alex Duncan; Managing Editor: Valeria Luster; Executive Articles Editor: Drew McNeil; Note and Comment Editors: Elizabeth Isaacs, Melissa McDuffey, and Jeff Vogt; and Articles Editors: Jenny Fehring, Kelsey Frobisher, and Blake Johnson.  Appointed editors who will serve for 2014-2015 are: Assistant Managing Editors: Elis Puma, Alex Shipley, Justin Williams, Zayna Radwan, Eric Odom, and Blair Sutter; Symposium Editor: Amanda Lee; Assistant Articles Editors: Ryan Bratcher, Derek Haysom, and Zac Ramsay; Research Editor: Ashley Schovanec; Topic Editor & 2L Mentor: Evan Chambers; Judiciary Committee: Erica Halley, Chantel James, and Zac Stuart; Business and Marketing Editor: Kim Beight; and Executive Assistant Editor: Kaitlyn Schrick.


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