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01/12/2023

The Year in Review: Originalism-Oriented Articles of 2022 (Part 2) – The Top 25 Most Downloaded New Papers
Michael Ramsey

This post continues the retrospective on originalism scholarship in 2022 - see here (books) and here (articles part 1) for the first two posts.  These are the 25 (actually 26 due to a tie) most downloaded originalism/textualism-oriented new papers posted on SSRN in 2022, as featured on the Originalism Blog.  (Here is the list for 2021).

Of course this measure has substantial limitations, including that it favors papers posted early in the year; that not all important papers are posted on SSRN; and that number of downloads does not really prove anything about a paper except how many times it was downloaded.  (Also I disregarded book reviews, as they are already noted in the books post).  But with those caveats, here's the list:

1.  David B. Kopel (Independence Institute), Restoring the Right to Bear Arms: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen

2.  J. Joel Alicea (Catholic), The Moral Authority of Original Meaning

3.  Alex Reinert (Cardozo), Qualified Immunity's Flawed Foundation

4.  Carolyn Shapiro (Chicago-Kent), The Independent State Legislature Claim, Textualism, and State Law

5.  Conor Casey (Liverpool) & Adrian Vermeule (Harvard), Myths of Common Good Constitutionalism

6.  Nikolas Bowie (Harvard) & Daphna Renan (Harvard), The Separation-of-Powers Counterrevolution

7.  Cass R. Sunstein (Harvard), 'This'

8.  Orin Kerr (Berkeley), Katz as Originalism

9.  William Baude (Chicago), Severability First Principles

10.  Stefan Th. Gries (University of California, Santa Barbara Department of Linguistics); Michael Kranzlein (Ph.D. candidate, Georgetown University Department of Computer Science); Nathan Schneider (Georgetown University, Linguistics and Computer Science); Brian G. Slocum (McGeorge) & Kevin Tobia (Georgetown), Unmasking Textualism: Linguistic Misunderstanding in the Transit Mask Order Case and Beyond

11.  Danielle D'Onfro (Washington University in St. Louis) & Daniel Epps (Washington University in St. Louis), The Fourth Amendment and General Law

12. Julian Davis Mortenson (Michigan) & Nicholas Bagley (Michigan), Delegation at the Founding: A Response to the Critics

13.  Kevin Tobia (Georgetown), Brian G. Slocum (McGeorge) & Victoria Nourse (Georgetown), Ordinary Meaning and Ordinary People

14.  David Gans (Constitutional Accountability Center), Reproductive Originalism: Why the Fourteenth Amendment’s Original Meaning Protects the Right to Abortion

15.  Robert J. Delahunty (St. Thomas) & John Yoo (Berkeley), Who Counts: The 12th Amendment, the Vice President, and the Electoral Count

16 (tie).  Katie R. Eyer (Rutgers), Disentangling Textualism and Originalism 

16 (tie).  Philip Hamburger (Columbia), Nondelegation Blues

17.  Evan D. Bernick (Northern Illinois) & Christopher R. Green (Mississippi), There Is Something that Our Constitution Just Is

18.  Mark W. Smith (Ave Maria), “Not all History is Created Equal”: In the Post-Bruen World, the Critical Period for Historical Analogues is when the Second Amendment was Ratified in 1791, and not 1868

19.  William Baude (Chicago) & Stephen E. Sachs (Harvard), The Official Story of the Law

20.  Marc O. DeGirolami (St. John's), Traditionalism Rising

21.  Lawrence B. Solum (Virginia) & Max Crema (Georgetown J.D. '20), The Original Meaning of “Due Process of Law” in the Fifth Amendment

22.  Tara Leigh Grove (Texas), The Misunderstood History of Textualism

23.  Kurt T. Lash (Richmond), Roe and the Original Meaning of the Thirteenth Amendment

24.  Owen Gallogly (Harvard), Equity's Constitutional Source

25.  Tara Leigh Grove (Texas), Testing Textualism’s 'Ordinary Meaning'