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Gary Simson


Law Review Articles and Book Reviews

  • It’s Alright, Ma, It’s Life and Life Only: Are Colleges and Universities Legally Obligated during the Coronavirus Pandemic to Exempt High-Risk Faculty from In-Person Teaching Requirements?, 48 Pepp. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2021) (with Professors Mark L. Jones, Cathren K. Page, and Suzianne D. Painter-Thorne).
  • The Uncertain Good of Overruling Smith, Emory Center for the Study of Law and Religion: Canopy Forum (Oct. 2020).
  • Racially Neutral in Form, Racially Discriminatory in Fact: The Implications for Voting Rights of Giving Disproportionate Racial Impact the Constitutional Importance It Deserves, 71 Mercer L. Rev. 811 (2020) (in Symposium, Contemporary Issues in Election Law).
  • An Essay on Illusion and Reality in the Conflict of Laws, 70 Mercer Law Review 819-64 (2019).
  • Permissible Accommodation or Impermissible Endorsement? A Proposed Approach to Religious Exemptions and the Establishment Clause, 106 Kentucky L.J. 535 (2018) (in Symposium, Religious Exemptions and Harm to Others).
  • Religious Arguments by Citizens to Influence Public Policy: The Lessons of the Establishment Clause, 66 Mercer L. Rev. 273 (2015) (in Symposium, The Scholarship and Teaching of Jack Sammons).
  • Annual Brainerd Currie Lecture – Choice of Law after the Currie Revolution: What Role for the Needs of the Interstate and International Systems?, 63 Mercer L. Rev. 715 (2012) (revised version of first book chapter listed above).
  • Religion by Any Other Name? Prohibitions on Same-Sex Marriage and the Limits of the Establishment Clause, 23 Columbia Journal of Gender and Law 132-201 (2012).
  • Teaching Seminars – Pedagogy and Potential, 63 Mercer L. Rev. 1057 (2012) (in Symposium, Faculty Essays on Curricular Reform and Instructional Innovation).
  • Religion, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Defense of Marriage Act, 41 California Western International Law Journal 35-46 (2010) (in Symposium on DOMA and Issues Concerning Federalism and Interstate Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships).
  • To Teach or Not to Teach, 39 University of Toledo Law Review 375-81 (2008) (in Leadership in Legal Education Symposium VIII).
  • Reflections on Free Exercise: Revisiting Rourke v. Department of Correctional Services, 70 Albany Law Review 1425-34 (2007) (in Symposium: A Second-Class Constitutional Right? Free Exercise and the Current State of Religious Freedom in the United States).
  • Beyond Interstate Recognition in the Same-Sex Marriage Debate, 40 U.C. Davis Law Review 313-83 (2006).
  • Separate But Equal and Single-Sex Schools, 90 Cornell Law Review 443-61 (2005) (in Symposium, Revisiting Brown v. Board of Education: 50 Years of Legal and Social Debate).
  • Book Review, 109 American Journal of Sociology 527-29 (2003) (review of Janice M. Irvine's Talk About Sex: The Battles over Sex Education in the United States).
  • The Choice-of-Law Revolution in the United States: Notes on Rereading von Mehren, 36 Cornell International Law Journal 125-33 (2003) (revised version of third book chapter listed above).
  • School Vouchers and the Constitution – Permissible, Impermissible, or Required?, 11 Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy 553-76 (2002) (in Symposium, Children and Education: Tensions Within the Parent-Child-State Triad).
  • Knockin' on Heaven's Door: Rethinking the Role of Religion in Death Penalty Cases, 86 Cornell Law Review 1090-1130 (2001) (with Professor Stephen P. Garvey).
  • Keeping the Sex in Sex Education: The First Amendment's Religion Clauses and the Sex Education Debate, 9 Southern California Review of Law and Women's Studies 265-97 (2000) (with Erika A.  Sussman, Esq.) (in Symposium: Gender-Based Analyses of World Religions and the Law).
  • Leave Bad Enough Alone, 75 Indiana Law Journal 649-57 (2000) (in Symposium: Preparing for the Next Century – A New Restatement for Conflicts?).
  • Resisting the Allure of Better Rule of Law, 52 Arkansas Law Review 141-55 (1999) (in Robert A. Leflar: Symposium on Conflict of Laws).
  • Endangering Religious Liberty, 84 California Law Review 441-92 (1996) (review essay on Jesse H. Choper's Securing Religious Liberty).
  • Mired in the Confirmation Mess, 143 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1035-63 (1995) (review essay on Stephen L. Carter's The Confirmation Mess).
  • Laws Intentionally Favoring Mainstream Religions: An Unhelpful Comparison to Race, 79 Cornell Law Review 514-21 (1994) (response to lead article by Professor Jesse H. Choper).
  • Thomas's Supreme Unfitness – A Letter to the Senate on Advise and Consent, 78 Cornell Law Review 619-63 (1993).
  • The Neumeier-Schultz Rules:  How Logical a "Next Stage in the Evolution of the Law" after Babcock?, 56 Albany Law Review 913-32 (1993) (in Symposium on Conflict of Laws, Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Babcock v. Jackson).
  • Plotting the Next "Revolution" in Choice of Law:  A Proposed Approach, 24 Cornell International Law Journal 279-97 (1991) (in Symposium, New Directions in Choice of Law: Alternatives to Interest Analysis).
  • Taking the Court Seriously: A Proposed Approach to Senate Confirmation of Supreme Court Nominees, 7 Constitutional Commentary 283-324 (1990).
  • The Establishment Clause in the Supreme Court: Rethinking the Court's Approach, 72 Cornell Law Review 905-35 (1987).
  • The Role of History in Constitutional Interpretation: A Case Study, 70 Cornell Law Review 253-70 (1985) (revised version of fourth book chapter listed above).
  • Dred Scott v. Sandford: Right Result, Wrong Reasons?, 32 Stanford Law Review 879-85 (1980) (review of Don E. Fehrenbacher's The Dred Scott Case).
  • Discrimination Against Nonresidents and the Privileges and Immunities Clause of Article IV, 128 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 379-401 (1979).
  • Abortion, Poverty and the Equal Protection of the Laws, 13 Georgia Law Review 505-14 (1979).
  • State Autonomy in Choice of Law: A Suggested Approach, 52 Southern California Law Review 61-88 (1978).
  • A Method for Analyzing Discriminatory Effects under the Equal Protection Clause, 29 Stanford Law Review 663-711 (1977).
  • Jury Nullification in the American System: A Skeptical View, 54 Texas Law Review 488-525 (1976).
  • The Conclusive Presumption Cases: The Search for a Newer Equal Protection Continues, 24 Catholic University Law Review 217-42 (1975).
  • The Return of American Banana: A Contemporary Perspective on American Antitrust Abroad, 9 Journal of International Law and Economics 233-66 (1974).
  • Another View of Rawls’s Theory of Justice, 23 Emory Law Journal 473-96 (1974).
  • The Public Policy Doctrine in Choice of Law: A Reconsideration of Older Themes, 1974 Washington University Law Quarterly 391-420.
  • Note, Mental Illness: A Suspect Classification?, 83 Yale Law Journal 1237-70 (1974).
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970: State Plans and the General Duty Clause, 34 Ohio State Law Journal 599-627 (1973), reprinted in 2 Workmen’s Compensation Law Review 323-51 (1975).
  • Interstate Agreements in the American Federal System, 27 Rutgers Law Review 70-126 (1973) (with Professor W. Michael Reisman).

Introductions to Law Review Symposia

  • Introduction, Corporate Law in the Trump Era, 70 Mercer Law Review 585-86 (2019).
  • Introduction, Disruptive Innovation in Criminal Defense, 69 Mercer Law Review 671-74 (2018).
  • Introduction to Faculty Essays on Curricular Reform and Instructional Innovation, 63 Mercer L. Rev. 915 (2012).
  • Introduction, New Directions in Choice of Law: Alternatives to Interest Analysis, 24 Cornell International Law Journal 195-96 (1991).

Tributes in Law Reviews

  • Judge W. Homer Drake, Jr. – An Appreciation, 22 Journal of Southern Legal History 13-15 (2014).
  • Remembering Fred Z, 48 San Diego Law Review 47-52 (2011).
  • Mel Durchslag – Forever Young, 58 Case Western Reserve Law Review 999-1001 (2008).
  • Ronald J. Coffey, Master Mentor, 58 Case Western Reserve Law Review 17-18 (2007).

Selected Opinion Pieces

  • Should No Garland Mean No Gorsuch?, National Law Journal, March 20, 2017, at 22.
  • Religion’s Role in Bans on Same-Sex Marriage, National Law Journal, April 14, 2014, at 34.
  • A Message to Graduates, Atlanta Daily Report, May 9, 2013.
  • Say 'Enough' to U.S. News, National Law Journal, July 28, 2008, at 22.
  • Death Penalty Cases and the First Amendment’s Religion Clauses, Cornell Law Forum, Winter 2002, at 7-10 (with Professor Stephen P. Garvey).
  • Using God in Death Cases, National Law Journal, Oct. 1, 2001, at 24 (with Professor Stephen P.  Garvey).
  • 'Don't Do It' May Be Illegal, National Law Journal, Feb. 19, 2001, at 22 (with Erika A. Sussman, Esq.).
  • Paula Jones Case Lacks Urgency for Trial Now, National Law Journal, Feb. 24, 1997, at 10.
  • Neutrality Isn't Always Even-Handed Policy, National Law Journal, April 1, 1996, at 19.
  • Unfinished Business in Kiryas Joel, Cornell Law Forum, July 1995, at 15-18.
  • Kiryas Joel II Revisits Issue of Favoritism, National Law Journal, Feb. 6, 1995, at 6.
  • Better Way to Choose Supremes, National Law Journal, March 21, 1994, at 19.
  • The First Amendment and Religion, Cornell Law Forum, Feb. 1985, at 2-5.
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