Congratulations to the 2021-2022 UMass Law Review Editorial Board!

These are the UMass Law Students who will lead next year’s Law Review Publication.

Editor-in-Chief…………………………………………………………………………..Kevin King

Managing Editors………………………………….Angela Flanagan & Lillie Goldman

Articles Editor…………………………………………………………….Abigaelle Ngamboma

Business Editor………………………………………………………………….Alyssa M. Petroff

Notes Editor……………………………………………………………………………..Joey Spadoni

Technology Editor………………………………………………………..William R. Jennings

Member Articles

Spencer K. Schneider, UMass Law Review’s Technology Editor recently had his article published in the National Lawyers Guild Review. Check out his abstract below and click here to read the full article!

THE WHEELS ON THE BUS: THE STATUTORY SCHEMES THAT TURN TRAFFIC TICKETS INTO FINANCIAL CRISES

Forty-three states have, or previously had, some version of a driver’s license suspension program. These programs are shown to have disastrous financial effects on the lives of those who cannot afford the fines inherent in them. Challenges to such license suspension schemes have been brought throughout the United States but have been largely unsuccessful. Where relief ultimately may be found is in state legislatures or city governments. When those bodies discover that, although these programs are in fact valid and constitutional, many of them have such detrimental and long-term impacts on so many citizens, they ultimately result in more harm than good. This realization has led many states to experiment with changes to, or repeals of, their driver’s license suspension programs with varying success. However, many states still rely on the fines levied by these programs and there is a legitimate argument that the programs are imposed to keep dangerous drivers off the street. Ultimately, this is an issue that arose from legislation and, despite finding its way into the court system, must be solved with legislation.

Articles from Volume 15, Issue 2 (2020)

UMass Law Review’s latest issue features articles from Garry A. Gabison and Charles W. Collier.

Garry A. Gabison is a Lecturer of Law, Economics & Regulations at Queen Mary University of London Centre for Commercial Law Studies. His article examines the First Sale Doctrine and its implications on the textbook market. Here is his abstract.

This Article investigates the impact of the Kirtsaeng decision. After discussing the first sale doctrine, this Article presents the issues around implementing a worldwide first sale doctrine. International treaties attempt to ensure that authors can benefit from their work by affording them similar protections in different jurisdictions. But a worldwide first sale exhaustion limits the ability of copyright holders to profit from their work because it allows the author to compete with its own work that had been priced differently in different jurisdictions. Finally, this Article tests whether, in the United States, the price of textbooks has been affected by the Kirtsaeng decision and finds that the price of textbooks increased between 2001 and 2018 but not more rapidly or slowly after the decision. In other words, the decision may not have had any effect (yet).

Click here to read the whole article.

Meet the E-Board

Spencer K. Schneider: Technology Editor

Spencer K. Schneider ’21 is a 3L student and Technology Editor of the UMass Law Review.  At UMass Law, he has worked as the Torts Teaching Assistant for Chancellor Professor Peltz-Steele and Professor Danya Reda. Prior to law school, Spencer worked in kitchens and trained boxers, and gained investigative experience in the public defenders office. 

Spencer has published a short case study in the International Journal of Procedural Law and an article on State Driver’s License Suspension statutes in the National Lawyers Guild Review. He is currently working on an article on insider trading among members of Congress. 

In addition to law school and legal work, Spencer enjoys climbing, backpacking, trail-running, and surfing.  

Meet the E-Board

Abigail Peckham: Editor-in-Chief

Abigail Peckham ’21 is a 3L full-time day student and Editor-in-Chief of the UMass Law Review. After graduating from Providence College with a BA in Spanish and an Associate Degree in Business, she decided to put her degree to use—as a bartender. Two years, a thousand mojitos, and one moving van later, she returned to Rhode Island to work with commercial and construction industry arbitrations and mediations at the American Arbitration Association. Law school has been the most recent chapter in her commitment to accountability, fairness, and giving back to her community. 

After graduation Abigail hopes to engage in meaningful work with a focus on community development, accessible legal education and affordable representation. In 2019, a legal internship with the Massachusetts’ Attorney General’s Office laid the groundwork for her career plans. She currently interns at an intellectual property firm that focuses on actualizing client business goals through a wholistic approach. She also works as a teaching assistant for Contracts Professor Jeremiah Ho. Her research and scholarship as a member of UMass Law Review has focused on the philosophical limitations of the law as applied to fundamental freedoms and individual identity. 

            Abigail currently lives in Rhode Island where she loves paddle boarding, is an avid gardener, yoga practitioner, and a dog-cat-chicken mom.