The Constitutional Law of Shutdowns

1/8/19  //  Quick Reactions

A quick explainer: how does Congress's power of the purse interact with the Executive's constitutional authority?

Zachary Price

U.C. Hastings College of the Law

Thoughts on Roberts and Trump

11/26/18  //  Quick Reactions

We have at once a highly political appointment process and a strong judicial ethos of being above politics.

Zachary Price

U.C. Hastings College of the Law

Finding a Floor for Inter-branch Conflict

11/2/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

Intensifying political conflicts are steadily shredding the buffers around our constitutional architecture. How should courts respond?

Zachary Price

U.C. Hastings College of the Law

Symmetric Constitutionalism for a Polarized Era

10/30/18  //  Commentary

Judges should strive toward constitutional understandings that protect the interests of people on different sides of the ideological spectrum

Zachary Price

U.C. Hastings College of the Law

Polarization, Deregulation, and Situational Legalism

1/16/18  //  Commentary

Highlights from a recent conference on deregulation in the Trump era

Zachary Price

U.C. Hastings College of the Law

Why Enjoining DACA’s Cancellation Is Wrong

1/12/18  //  Commentary

This decision, however attractive as a matter of policy, strikes me as mistaken under the law. It warrants swift reversal by higher courts.

Zachary Price

U.C. Hastings College of the Law

Against Cutting the President’s Purse Strings

1/7/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

No, Congress doesn't have a duty to provide the resources necessary for the executive branch to adequately fulfill its constitutional functions.

Zachary Price

U.C. Hastings College of the Law

Our Imperiled Absolutist First Amendment

10/3/17  //  Commentary

Recent developments could imperil constitutional protections for expressive freedom.

Zachary Price

U.C. Hastings College of the Law

DACA’s Cancellation: What Happens Next?

9/7/17  //  Uncategorized

The President is phasing out DACA. Or maybe not. Anyway, here's a guide to what happens next.

Zachary Price

U.C. Hastings College of the Law

Law, Politics, and Interbranch Conflict

8/24/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

By demonstrating the dangers of vesting so much power in one individual, will Trump bring about a revitalization of Congress and a corresponding diminution of the Presidency?

Zachary Price

U.C. Hastings College of the Law

Attacking North Korea Would Be Illegal

8/10/17  //  Commentary

President Trump threatened this week to launch "fire and fury like the world has never seen" against North Korea. That is not something the Constitution lets him do without Congress.

Zachary Price

U.C. Hastings College of the Law

An Airtight Opinion on Fugitive Emissions

7/12/17  //  Commentary

A recent D.C. Circuit opinion vindicates the principle that while agencies may have discretion over how laws are enforced, they cannot use that enforcement discretion to cancel legal obligations altogether.

Zachary Price

U.C. Hastings College of the Law

The Fire Alarm Function of Office-Holding

6/19/17  //  Commentary

Trumps can fire Mueller only by issuing a directive to Acting AG Rod Rosenstein. Here's why -- and why it really matters.

Zachary Price

U.C. Hastings College of the Law

What If There’s a Fake Tape?

6/13/17  //  Commentary

Many are speculating about whether President Trump recorded his conversations with fired FBI Director Jim Comey, and Wikileaks has even offered a reward for any Trump-Comey recordings. But new technology allows creation of fake recordings with real people's voices. Now is a good time to start thinking about this technology's implications for our democracy and legal system.

Zachary Price

U.C. Hastings College of the Law

How Might Congress Reinforce NATO?

5/30/17  //  Commentary

President Trump's overseas trip has cast doubt on longstanding consensus features of U.S. foreign policy, particularly our commitment to NATO. Here are some ways Congress might respond.

Zachary Price

U.C. Hastings College of the Law