Lillian Lewellen v. Chad Franklin and National Auto Sales: Missouri Supreme Court Unanimously Finds Mandatory Caps on Punitive Damages in Certain Cases Unconstitutional

Online Editorial Board member Liz Washam discusses a recent Missouri Supreme Court finding that mandatory caps on punitive damages in certain cases are unconstitutional. Continue Reading →

United States v. Walker: The Meaning of Not Less Than 15 Years

Looking to legislative history and early jurisprudence, Journal member T.J. Matthes critiques a recent decision of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals holding that the “not less than 15 years” language in the Armed Career Criminal Act allows a judge to impose a sentence of more than 15 years. Continue Reading →

Chicago Insurance Company v. Archdiocese of St. Louis: Interpreting Liability Under Indemnification Clauses in Light of First Amendment Religious Protections

Journal member Jody Hanson applauds the Eighth Circuit’s recent handling of a case involving the separation of church and state in the context of religious indemnification insurance. Continue Reading →

Jay-Z’s 99 Problems Turns 10 Years Old This Month – Comments from Caleb Mason, Author of a Law Review Essay on the Song

Caleb Mason, now of Miller Barondess, LLP, but formerly a federal prosecutor and law professor, published a wildly popular law review essay on Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” in Volume 56, No. 2 of the SLU Law Journal. In honor of the song’s 10 year anniversary (the date of first release was April 27, 2004), Caleb answered a few of the Online Editorial Board’s questions about his Essay and the depiction of the criminal justice system in pop culture in general. Continue Reading →