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A Doubtful and Perilous ExperimentAdvisory Opinions, State Constitutions, and Judicial Supremacy$

Mel A. Topf

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199756766

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756766.001.0001

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(p.209) Appendix D A Checklist of Articles Devoted to Advisory Opinions in a Single State

(p.209) Appendix D A Checklist of Articles Devoted to Advisory Opinions in a Single State

A Doubtful and Perilous Experiment
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Sands, C. D. Government by Judiciary—Advisory Opinions in Alabama, 4 ALABAMA LAW REVIEW 1 (1951).


Robinson, W. H. Limitations upon Legislative Inquiries under Colorado Advisory Opinion Clause, 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN LAW REVIEW 237 (1932).


Anstead, H. L., et al. The Operation and Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Florida, 29 NOVA LAW REVIEW 431 (2005).

Kennedy, R. H. Advisory Opinions: Cautions About Non-Judicial Undertakings, 23 UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND LAW REVIEW 173 (1989).

Smiljanich, T. A. Advisory Opinions in Florida: An Experiment in Intergovernmental Cooperation, 24 UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA LAW REVIEW 328 (1972).

(p.210) Illinois

Hoffman, R. K. Why Not Advisory Opinions for Illinois?, 31 CHICAGO-KENT LAW REVIEW 141 (1952).


Burden, K. “State Constitutional Law – Separation of Powers – A “Judicial Trigger Provision” violates the Kansas Constitution’s Separation of Powers Doctrine by Requiring Courts to Issue Advisory Opinions,” 40 Rutgers L.J. 825 (2009).


Calogero, P. F. Advisory Opinions: A Wise Change for Louisiana and Its Judiciary?, 38 LOYOLA LAW REVIEW 329 (1992).


Anonymous. Note, The Validity of the Restrictions on the Modern Advisory Opinion, 29 MAINE LAW REVIEW 305 (1978).

Emery, L. A. Advisory Opinions from Justices, 2 MAINE LAW REVIEW 1 (1908).

________. Advisory Opinions of the Justices. No. II, 11 MAINE LAW REVIEW 15 (1917).


Farina, C. R. Supreme Judicial Court Advisory Opinions: Two Centuries of Interbranch Dialog, in THE HISTORY OF THE LAW IN MASSACHUSETTS: THE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT 1692–1992 at 353–92 (R. K. Osgood ed., Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society 1992).

Topf, M. A. The Origins and Early History of Supreme Judicial Court Advisory Opinions in Massachusetts, 7 MASSACHUSETTS LEGAL HISTORY 21 (2001).

Warren, B. W. Memorial to Arthur Prentice Rugg, 302 Mass. 635 [Supplement] (1940).

North Carolina

Bledsoe, M. M. The Advisory Opinion in North Carolina: 1947 to 1991, 70 NORTH CAROLINA LAW REVIEW 1853 (1992).

Edsall, P. W. The Advisory Opinion in North Carolina, 27 NORTH CAROLINA LAW REVIEW 297 (1949).

Smith, A.K. Advisory Opinions in North Carolina, 7 NORTH CAROLINA LAW REVIEW 449 (1929).

Rhode Island

Bender, T. R. Rhode Island’s Public Importance Exception for Advisory Opinions: The Unconstitutional Exercise of a Non-Judicial Power, 10 ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 123 (2004).

(p.211) Topf, M. A. The Advisory Opinion on Separation of Powers: The Uncertain Contours of Advisory Opinion Jurisprudence in Rhode Island, 5 ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 385 (2000).

________. The Jurisprudence of the Advisory Opinion Process in Rhode Island, 2 ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 207 (1997).

South Dakota

Hagemann, J. F. The Advisory Opinion in South Dakota, 16 SOUTH DAKOTA LAW REVIEW 291 (1971).


Entman, J. F. Flawed Activism: The Tennessee Supreme Court’s Advisory Opinions on Joint Tort Liability and Summary Judgment, 24 MEMPHIS STATE UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 193 (1994).