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Judicial Federalism, Felix Frankfurter, and the Future of Abstention

Lael Weinberger, noting that in its first 150 years the U.S. Supreme Court never used the word “federalism,” considers Justice Felix Frankfurter’s use of the term in 1939, Frankfurter’s abstention doctrine, how this doctrine affected the development of judicial federalism, and three possible scenarios for the abstention doctrine’s future. Read more here.