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E-Cigarettes Losing Charge with Surge in City Bans

By Chris Bosch

The popular “e-cigarette” devices are facing increased regulatory scrutiny in cities across the United States.  The OC Register reported that the most common move by cities is adding e-cigarette language to smoking bans that are already on the books.  The Los Angeles City Council did just this in March, when it prohibited e-cigarettes in public places where smoking was already banned.  Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and Chicago are also part of this ever-growing movement, which now includes about 100 cities in California alone. (more…)

Apr 11, 2014 | Read →

Discussing “City Governments and Predatory Lending” by Jonathan L. Entin and Shadya Y. Yazback

2. “City Governments and Predatory Lending Revisited” by Jonathan L. Entin

Seven years ago, Shadya Yazback and I published an article in this journal about the legal options available to cities seeking to combat the harms arising from predatory lending.[1]  The editors have invited me to participate in an online debate with my friend and former colleague Kathleen Engel, who has done path-breaking work on predatory lending.[2]  (more…)

Jan 22, 2014 | By Jonathan Entin | Read →

Welcome to City Square

  • The Fordham Urban Law Journal is proud to present “City Square,” the Journal‘s online companion.  City Square is a competitive and lively arena showcasing meaningful discourse between the nation’s top legal scholars.  City Square features five literary discussions at a time and is regularly updated with new content.   Enjoy the literary discussions as they unfold and stay tuned! City Square Responses and Replies are permanently published on  We also hope to make City Square available on Westlaw, LexisNexis, and HeinOnline soon.

Discussing “Rights Versus Duties, History Department Lawyering, and the Incoherence of Justice Stevens’s Heller Dissent” by Nicholas J. Johnson

2. “The Statute of Northampton by the Late Eighteenth Century: Clarifying the Intellectual Legacy” by Patrick J. Charles

In a article examining the “myths and realities about early American gun regulation,” Saul Cornell provides new insight as to how the right to arms outside the home evolved in Antebellum law.[1]  Cornell’s article is arguably the first to seriously examine this legal development and I do not challenge his general findings in this regard.[2]  Where we seemingly diverge is the role that the Statute of Northampton served in this process, particularly its intellectual impact by the turn of the nineteenth century.[3] (more…)

Dec 20, 2013 | By Patrick J. Charles | Read →

Discussing “English Reforms to Judicial Selection: Comparative Lessons for American States?” by Judith Maute

5. “Diversity, Merit, and the English Judiciary: The Lessons that can be Learned from the Reform of Selection Processes, A U.K. Contribution” by Hilary Sommerlad

Thank you to the Fordham Urban Law Journal for this opportunity to participate in the debate over the recent United Kingdom Constitutional Reform Act of 2005 (“CRA”),[1] which was delineated so comprehensively by Professor Maute, particularly the potential of the new judicial appointment processes it instituted for diversifying the judiciary.[2]  Sparked by Professor Maute’s suggestion that these reforms could provide lessons for the U.S. selection system, the conversation has been broadened by subsequent contributors to encompass themes such as the meaning and value of diversity, the means by which progress on diversity can be measured, and the question of merit, representativeness and judicial legitimacy.[3]   (more…)

Dec 23, 2013 | By Hilary Sommerlad | Read →

Discussing “Musical Chairs and Tall Buildings: Teaching Poverty Law in the 21st Century” by Amy Wax

3. “Changing the Landscape: A Little More Audacity of Hope, Please” by Marie A. Failinger

Reading the exchange between Professor Wax and Professor Tani,[1] I was struck by how our discussions about teaching poverty law resemble church-state or other discussions I have witnessed over the years, since I also participate in church-state scholarship.  These are discussions among insiders who largely agree about what the landscape looks like.  The points of disagreement fall on a small piece of geography within that landscape. (more…)

Mar 13, 2013 | By Marie A. Failinger | Read →
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