CFP: THE INTERSECTION OF BREAKING BAD AND THE LAW

CALL FOR PAPERS: THE INTERSECTION OF BREAKING BAD AND THE LAW

Breaking Bad is generally considered one of the greatest dramatic series in television history. Set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Breaking Bad follows Walter White’s progression from a humble high school chemistry teacher to a vicious methamphetamine kingpin, and introduces us to others caught up in Walter’s devolution, including law enforcement agencies and officials, and his colorful lawyer, Saul Goodman. Breaking Bad implicates a number of significant legal and social issues, including the war on drugs, morality and the law, and ethical attorney behavior, among other critical topics.

The editorial board of the New Mexico Law Review (“NMLR”) is soliciting articles for a special issue dedicated to the exploration of legal issues arising from Breaking Bad, and invites scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and other subject matter experts to contribute to this special issue.

Paper proposals may address any legal topic related to the series, though the board is particularly interested in the following list of legal issues raised in the series:

  • The Application of the Fourth Amendment to Drug Crimes Under the New Mexico and/or U.S. Constitutions
  • Comparative Analysis of Fourth Amendment Jurisprudence Concerning Drug Crimes
  • The War on Drugs: International vs. Domestic Drug Enforcement
  • Ethical Duties of Lawyers to Clients Involved in Drugs or Sophisticated Crimes
  • Sentencing of Drug Offenses
  • Comparative Sentencing Analysis: Drug Crimes and White Collar Crime
  • Drug Enforcement in Rural, Urban, and/or Tribal Areas
  • Law Enforcement Activity in Media (Fiction)
  • Treatment vs. Incarceration for Drug Related Crimes
  • Substance Abuse and the Law
  • Duty to Rescue

Interested authors should submit an abstract of no more than 1,000 words to nmlrarticles@gmail.com by May 22, 2014. Publication offers will be made based on an editorial board review of the submitted abstracts.

Accepted offers will receive a publication contract from NMLR that will require completed articles be submitted by September 30, 2014.

All inquiries should be directed to nmlrarticles@gmail.com.