The Yale Law Journal

Grace E. Hart


State Legislative Drafting Manuals and Statutory Interpretation

Grace E. Hart

Although legislation has become a central feature of our legal system, relatively little is known about how statutes are drafted, particularly at the state level. This Note addresses this gap by surveying drafting manuals used by bill drafters in state legislatures. These manua…


Methodological Stare Decisis and Intersystemic Statutory Interpretation in the Choice-of-Law Context

Grace E. Hart

When a state court determines that it must apply the statute of a sister state, what statutory interpretation methodology should the court use to interpret that statute? Is the forum court free to apply its own rules of statutory construction, or should it apply those of the sister state? …