Call for Papers – Supreme Court Preview issue of Charleston L. Rev.

The Charleston Law Review, the flagship law review of the Charleston School of Law, invites submissions for its Supreme Court Preview issue. We welcome an article or essay addressing a case before the Court in its October 2009 Term, or in the alternative, addressing an aspect of the Court itself such as recent voting trends, case load, an analysis of a particular Justice, or any other topic related to the Supreme Court.

Last year, our Supreme Court Preview included a diverse spectrum of works ranging from articles that examined cases argued in the Court’s October 2008 Term to articles that analyzed current voting trends among the Court. For example, in Crime Labs and Prison Guards: A Comment on Melendez-Diaz and Its Potential Impact on Capital Sentencing Proceedings, John Blume and Emily Paavola argued that the Court’s decision in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts could resolve conflicting authority on what constitutes testimonial hearsay under Crawford v. Washington and could have a dramatic impact on the criminal justice system, particularly capital sentencing proceedings. Alternatively, in The Roberts Court and Criminal Justice at the Dawn of the 2008 Term, Professors Christopher E. Smith, Michael A. McCall, and Madhavi M. McCall introduced empirical decision-making patterns from the initial three terms of the Roberts Court in an attempt to ascertain how the Court would likely determine three Fourth Amendment cases in the Court’s October 2008 Term.

The Supreme Court Preview is published to coincide with the opening of the October Term 2009, and we therefore ask that work be submitted no later than August 1, 2009. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning July 1, 2009. Please direct submissions and any questions about our Supreme Court Preview to Ben Garner, Editor in Chief, via email at bgarner [at] or via telephone at (434) 941-9831.