Legal & Public Policy Research
2013 Student Writing and Research Competition
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The study of how law actually interacts with society and what impact law has upon society has become of great interest to both legal scholars and policymakers. This type of research also entails an interdisciplinary approach to legal scholarship, combining the disciplines of law and the social sciences.
The Hagemann Center for Legal Research & Public Policy Research at The University of South Dakota School of Law takes this interdisciplinary focus in its studies of the ways in which law actually affects people and social relationships. Since 2003, researchers at the USD School of Law have looked at such issues as: how economic forces and legal doctrines come together to influence shareholder class action litigation; how the Indian Civil Rights Act has actually been applied by tribal courts and the ways that tribal governments have incorporated first amendment norms within their social and political structures; how state transportation laws are affecting economic commerce among the upper Midwest states, how media ratings systems actually function to control children's access to violent and indecent media programming, and how the campaign finance laws affect South Dakota's initiative and referendum process.
Affiliated with the only law school in the State of South Dakota, the Hagemann Center places particular focus on researching the impact and interrelationships of laws and legal practices of interest to South Dakota. In this capacity, the Center strives in its outreach program to involve the South Dakota State Bar in its research projects. The Center works with groups and organizations in the State of South Dakota to identify and conduct its various empirical research projects. The goal is for the Center's research to have an educational function for state, local and federal policymakers in South Dakota.
The Center proudly bears the name of John F. Hagemann. Professor Hagemann graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Law and began his teaching career at the USD School of Law in 1968. His career spanned forty-one years, thirty-one of which he served concurrently as the Law Librarian at McKusick Law Library. In the field of legal research, Professor Hagemann became known during his tenure at USD as South Dakota's preeminent authority.
The Director of the Center is Professor Patrick Garry, who has directed all of the Center's previous empirical research projects and who during his tenure at USD has published five books and more than sixty scholarly articles. The Research Coordinator for the Center is Candice Spurlin, Senior Librarian at the USD School of Law. Spurlin directs the Library's legal research department, teaches online legal research at the Law School, and has authored scholarly articles on the subject of legal research. Stephannie Bonaiuto serves as the Center's administrator.
The Hagemann Center for Legal & Public Policy Research is a natural outgrowth of The University of South Dakota's research initiative. This initiative seeks to develop and strengthen scholarly research throughout the University. The initiative also seeks to foster an interdisciplinary approach to the University's research efforts. The Hagemann Center for Legal & Public Policy Research is proud to serve this important mission of The University of South Dakota.
- Professor Patrick M. Garry, Director
- Candice Spurlin, Research Coordinator
- Stephannie Bonaiuto, Administrator
49 South Dakota Law Review 275 (2003-2004) Article: THE IRRATIONALITY OF SHAREHOLDER CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS: A PROPOSAL FOR REFORM
This article examines shareholder class actions and offers a proposal for reforming this area of litigation.
Final Report of the Regional Interstate Transportation and Commercial Law Harmonization Project & Executive Summary for the US Department of Transportation, May 2006
Full Text Summary
Full Text Report
A Study on the Disparities in Commercial Trucking Laws Among the Five-State Northern Great Plains Region.
51 South Dakota Law Review 256 (2006) Article: THE CHALLENGES TO HARMONIZATION OF INTER-JURISDICTIONAL TRADE LAWS: A STUDY OF TRANSPORTATION REGULATION DISPARITIES WITHIN THE NORTHERN GREAT PLAINS REGION
The University of South Dakota Law School conducted a comprehensive study of certain commercial transportation regulations within the Northern Great Plains region — North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota — to determine the degree of uniformity or disparities in the trade laws of a particular region.
32 Oklahoma City University Law Review Summer 215 (2007) Article: THE EFFECTIVENESS OF MEDIA RATING SYSTEMS IN PREVENTING CHILDREN'S EXPOSURE TO VIOLENT AND SEXUALLY EXPLICIT MEDIA CONTENT: AN EMPIRICAL STUDY
The study described in this article, although narrowly focused, suggests that the voluntary measures undertaken by the media are not nearly as successful in achieving their stated goals as might otherwise be claimed.
Media Ratings Study as reported on MSNBC
53 South Dakota Law Review 335 (2008) Article: TRIBAL INCORPORATION OF FIRST AMENDMENT NORMS: A CASE STUDY OF THE INDIAN TRIBES OF SOUTH DAKOTA
The article examines the legal obligation imposed on Indian tribes to protect certain individual rights, and whether the First Amendment applies to Indian tribes, and finally how the Indian Civil Rights Act applies.
54 South Dakota Law Review 89 (2009) Article: DOES FILTERING STOP THE FLOW OF VALUABLE INFORMATION?: A CASE STUDY OF THE CHILDREN'S INTERNET PROTECTION ACT (CIPA) IN SOUTH DAKOTA
The filtering requirements of the CIPA present one of the first successful governmental efforts to help parents protect their children from harmful Internet material. However, the lingering issue is whether that filtering effort, as alleged by the CIPA's opponents, unduly restricts the free speech rights of adults. This study examines the effect of CIPA in those South Dakota public libraries that subscribe to the government E-rate filtering program.
54 South Dakota Law Review 448 (2009) Article: WIND ENERGY IN INDIAN COUNTRY: A STUDY OF THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FACING SOUTH DAKOTA TRIBES
The development of wind power in Indian country presents a unique opportunity for Indian tribes to advance economic and social interests while adhering to traditional values and mores. Challenges exist, however, for turning wind-rich lands into viable wind energy production sites. This study focuses on these challenges and highlights the legal issues surrounding such an undertaking as more tribes become interested in pursuing such an opportunity.
55 South Dakota Law Review 35 (2010) Article: RAISING THE QUESTION OF WHETHER OUT-OF-STATE POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS MAY AFFECT A SMALL STATE'S POLITICAL AUTONOMY: A CASE STUDY OF THE SOUTH DAKOTA VOTER REFERENDUM ON ABORTION
This article examines how a state holding a voter referendum on a particular issue of national importance may be significantly affected by out-of-state interests — particularly if those out-of-state interests contribute a substantial majority of the political campaign expenditures relating to that issue. Sparsely populated states such as South Dakota are particularly vulnerable to influxes of out-of-state campaign money.
Center Studies on SSRN Top-Ten Downloads
- Wind Energy in Indian Country: A Study on the Challenges and Opportunities Facing the South Dakota Tribes, 54 SOUTH DAKOTA LAW REVIEW 448 (2009) (listed as SSRN Top-Ten downloaded article in relevant category four weeks in a row).
- Does Filtering Stop the Flow of Valuable Information?: A Case Study of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) in South Dakota, 54 SOUTH DAKOTA LAW REVIEW 89 (2009) (listed as SSRN Top-Ten downloaded article in relevant category).
- The First Amendment and Indian Tribal Constitutions and Legal Systems: A Case Study, 53 SOUTH DAKOTA LAW REVIEW 335 (2008) (listed as a SSRN Top-Ten downloaded article in relevant category).
- The Effectiveness of Media Ratings Systems in Preventing Children's Exposure to Violent and Sexually Explicit Media Content: An Empirical Study, 32 OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 215 (2007) (selected for inclusion in University of La Verne's Selective Bibliographic Index of Juvenile Law Publications (2007-2008).
Government and Professional Organization Citations
- The Center's study on media ratings was cited in the First Amendment Law Prof Blog.
- A 2009 ADF Alliance Alert cited and discussed the media ratings article.
- The study was cited by the FCC in their official report on (FCC 0969) Implementation of the Child Safe Viewing Act; Examination of Parental Control Technologies for Video or Audio Programming (August 31, 2009).
Center Studies Reprinted in other Scholarly Works
- The First Amendment and Indian Tribal Constitutions and Legal Systems: A Case Study, 53 SOUTH DAKOTA LAW REVIEW 335 (2008) (reprinted in Scheduled Tribal Rights (ICFAI Books)).
- Does Filtering Stop the Flow of Valuable Information?: A Case Study of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) in South Dakota, 54 SOUTH DAKOTA LAW REVIEW 89 (2009) (reprinted in Internet Censorship (ICFAI Law Books))
- The Effectiveness of Media Ratings Systems in Preventing Children's Exposure to Violent and Sexually Explicit Media Content: An Empirical Study, 32 OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 215 (2007) (selected for inclusion in University of La Verne's Selective Bibliographic Index of Juvenile Law Publications).
- Does Filtering Stop the Flow of Valuable Information?: A Case Study of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) in South Dakota, 54 SOUTH DAKOTA LAW REVIEW 89 (2009). (Reprinted in The Community Defense Reporter reprinted the study in volume 2009 issue 3.)