Judges Not Reading Law Reviews Anymore

An article in Monday’s New York Times opens with the provocative quote:

“I haven’t opened up a law review in years,” said Chief Judge Dennis G. Jacobs of the federal appeals court in New York. “No one speaks of them. No one relies on them.”

Judge Jacobs was explaining to a gathering of law professors that their scholarship no longer had any impact on the courts. Why? According to the article:

Articles in law reviews have certainly become more obscure in recent decades. Many law professors seem to think they are under no obligation to say anything useful or to say anything well.

“But the big question is do the judges read lawprof blogs?” wonders UW Law Prof Ann Althouse. She her post for more.