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Friday, January 20, 2006

"Good-bye to Law Reviews?"

Now that she is tenured, Rosa Brooks (Virginia) isn't planning to
write any more law reviews. In her post on the LawCulture
blog (1/17/2006), Good-bye to Law Reviews?, Brooks
claims that , "In the main, the strait-jacket of law review style
has killed what might have been a lively literature. It has maimed
even those few pieces of legal writing that actually have something
to say." The title of the piece refers to a 1936 article by Fred
Rodell in 23 Va. L. Rev. 38 (1936).

Brooks' fighting words have prompted a spate of replies and
comments. See:
Comments posted on PrawfsBlawg
Does Scholarly Writing Have to Be Tedious? (Concurring Opinions)
Hello to Law Reviews -Goodbye to Student Editors (Law&Society Blog)

See also Brooks follow-up blog post on LawCulture.