If you’ve ever had to research an issue related to Native American law, you know how difficult locating tribal law sources can be. An article that I wrote, which was just published in Law Library Journal may help you track down those elusive tribal law materials.
The article, entitled ‘Whatever Tribal Precedent There May Be’: The (Un)Availability of Tribal Law, appears in the Spring 2014 issue of Law Library Journal.
The article explores the costs and benefits of publishing tribal law. Part I analyzes why tribal law is not more widely available; part II illustrates the benefits of making tribal law more accessible; and part III describes publication options for tribes. An appendix lists currently available tribal law collections.
National Jurist recently released their rankings of law schools for best practical training. The UW Law School placed third in the nation, receiving an “A+” for the experience it gives students.
Congrats to all the hard-working faculty and staff here at the law school! It is great to see such a great group of individuals be recognized for their hard work.
To read the full National Jurist article, click here.
The AALL Spectrum Online has a very interesting article examining advertisements from legal periodicals and bar publications published during the Second World War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Cold War.
“Due to the scale and scope of the conflict, every aspect of civilian life was affected. The American legal system, including legal publishing, was greatly transformed by the conflict.”
Many very interesting ads are reprinted in the article. I think that my favorite is the one from Shepards pondering “Were the Pilgrims Communists?”
By Kris Turner, Reference and Technology Services Librarian
Thomson Reuters has officially gotten out of print publishing for law schools. On Friday, February 2nd, the publishing wing of the legal research giant was sold to Eureka Growth Capital, a private equity firm located in Philadelphia. It seems that paper publishing is not something that Thomson Reuters will be involved with in the future, at least for legal research. According to spokesman John Shaughnessy, “It’s a segment of the market that, longer-term, we didn’t see as within the core of our legal research offerings…”, suggesting that Thomson Reuters will be focusing solely on electronic content in the near future.
Westlaw Next and other e-resources that Thomson Reuters provides will continue to be available to legal researchers. The publishing wing, which was sold for an undisclosed sum, will continue to publish various textbooks and study guides, but will now go under the name “West Academic Publishing”. Thomson’s legal business, of which the publishing was only a small part, will continue with sales of software and online databases.
For more information, see Eureka Growth Capital’s press release or read the brief articles covering the sale in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal or Wall Street Journal Blog.
Two law librarians, Fred R. Shapiro from Yale and Michelle Pearse from Harvard, have recently compiled a list of The Most-Cited Law Review Articles of All Time.
The article updates two well-known earlier studies dated 1985 and 1996. Using databases such as HeinOnline and Web of Science, the study lists the 100 most-cited legal articles of all time, the 100 most-cited articles of the last twenty years, and some additional rankings.
Three articles in the top 100 of all time list were written by UW Law School professors:
- #15 with 1465 citations, Stewart Macaulay, Non-Contractual Relations in Business: A Preliminary Study, 28 Am. Soc. Rev. 55 (1963).
- #37 with 906 citations, Marc Galanter, Why the “Haves” Come Out Ahead: Speculations on the Limits of Legal Change, 9 Law & Soc’y Rev. 95 (1974).
- #75 with 718 citations Marc Galanter, Reading the Landscape of Disputes: What We Know and Don’t Know (And Think We Know) About Our Allegedly Contentious and Litigious Society, 31 UCLA L. Rev. 4 (1983).
If you’re considering writing an article for a legal publication, check out Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews & Journals.
This guide, compiled by librarians from the University of Missouri at Kansas City – School of Law, contains information about submitting articles to law reviews and journals, including the methods for submitting an article, any special formatting requirements, how to contact them to request an expedited review, and how to contact them to withdraw an article from consideration. It covers 202 law reviews. The document was fully updated in July 2011.
Update 8/9/11: A librarian at John Marshall Law School has also developed a Submission Guide for Online Law Review Supplements. This document contains information about submitting essays and articles to general online law review supplements. It will be updated on an annual basis and as law schools create new online law review supplements.
If you’re at the submission stage, you may wish to use an online law review submission service which allows you to submit your manuscript to your choice of law journals simply by uploading the electronic file.
ExpressO, a fee based service from bePress, is well known and accepted by 750+ law school reviews. Many institutions, including the UW Law School, have an account through which faculty and staff can submit articles.
YIJUN Institute of International Law offers a free submission service called LexOpus. The system allows an author to submit a work to a number of author-selected law journals. An author may also, or instead, invite offers from any journal by choosing to indicate the work as open to offers.
Note that there are a number of law reviews which accept submission with ExpressO but not with LexOpus. See the list of LexOpus participating law reviews.
Would you like to know which are the top law journals in a specific area of law? Want to submit your article for publication to a law journal?
Then check out the Law Journals Submissions and Ranking database from Washington & Lee School of Law.* With this deceptively powerful resource, you can retrieve a list of journals in a specific area and/or country ranked by various factors, including impact factor, number of citations from journal articles or cases, currency factor, cost, or a combination of these factors.
You can also include contact information for the editors of each journal if you wish, and download it all into a spreadsheet.
* Although Current Law Journal Content from Washington & Lee has ceased updates, I’ve been told that the law journal ranking database will continue to be updated.
I was disappointed to learn that Current Law Journal Content, from Washington and Lee Law School, ceased to be updated in May 2011. CLJC was a free service through which you could search and subscribe to current tables of contents from over a thousand law journals.