ASAL Forum

The Annual Survey of American Law is excited to announce Forum, our new, online publication. Forum features shorter articles & essays from students, professors, and practitioners.


Recent Essays

Section 1115 Waivers: Success for Medicaid in Michigan and Indiana
Kathryn A. Haines
Cite as 2018 ASAL F. 22

This Essay examines two states that have employed Section 1115 waivers to implement innovative models of Medicaid expansion: Michigan and Indiana. Both states are in the same geographic region and have utilized similar mechanisms with their waivers. However, their outcomes differ in both implementation strategies and success rates. The Indiana plan is of particular interest because it was designed by Seema Verma, the newly appointed Administrator of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). Consequently, Indiana’s version of Medicaid expansion and its performance to date provide valuable insight into where Medicaid may be headed under the Trump Administration.


Sovereign Bankruptcy Hydraulics
Stephen J. Lubben
Cite as 2018 ASAL F. 1

The paper examines the relationship between sovereignty and the need for a bankruptcy process. As such, it is a direct response to proposals as varied as that put forth by David Skeel in the Chicago Law Review, arguing for a bankruptcy process for state governments, the recent enactment of a special bankruptcy system for Puerto Rico, or the International Monetary Fund’s frequent flirtations with a “bankruptcy code for nations,” like Argentina or Greece.

In the paper, I observe that a governmental entity with full sovereign immunity has no need for a bankruptcy process—because they already enjoy the kind of immunity from creditor action that any bankruptcy system could offer. I thus reject Professor Skeel’s recommendation of a bankruptcy system for American states, and also express some real doubt about the IMF’s proposals. On the other hand, I argue that municipal bankruptcy makes some sense, since places like Detroit have no real protection from creditor lawsuits.


Regulation Before Condemnation: Reworking the Airbnb Ban in New York City
Daniel Sperling
Cite as 2017 ASAL F. 1

This Essay examines the history behind tenant protection laws in New York City in three major areas of tenant protection laws: affordability, habitability, and fairness for tenants and landlords alike. This Essay then analyzes Airbnb opponents and their arguments in favor of banning the use of Airbnb. By juxtaposing the public policy behind the tenant protection laws and the arguments against the use of Airbnb, this Essay shows that the Airbnb ban was an inappropriate solution to address the historical and larger public policy issues behind tenant protections in New York City. Finally, the Essay levies some suggestions for proper regulation of Airbnb rentals that would address the concerns of Airbnb opponents while also still maintaining the longstanding public policy goals of tenant protection laws.

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