This casenote examines the Supreme Court's landmark ruling in United States v. Lopez, in which the Court struck down a Congressional enactment under the Commerce Clause for the first time in modern history. The note traces Commerce Clause jurisprudence back to the days of the Founding Fathers and analyzes the Lopez opinion in an historic context. It also provides an overview of how the lower federal courts have dealt with appeals based on the Lopez ruling and concludes that the federalism debate, which underlies the Court's 5-4 decision, has been renewed but not resolved.
College of Law
Northern Illinois University Law Review
"A Lopez Legacy?: The Federalism Debate Renewed, But Not Resolved,"
Northern Illinois University Law Review: Vol. 17:
1, Article 1.
Debbie Ellis, Note, A Lopez Legacy?: The Federalism Debate Renewed, But Not Resolved, 17 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 85 (1996).