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April 26, 2007

Scholarship and the Politically-Charged Topic

As many of us digest the Supreme Court's opinion on partial-birth abortion (Gonzales v. Carhart), both sides are predicting further rounds of legislation and litigation on the politically-charged topic of abortion. 

What role can legal scholarship play in this debate?  Certainly, there have been (and will be) many articles published in this area.  Many of these, however, identify with one side or the other immediately and propound views consistent with that political viewpoint.  I wonder how much impact these really have-- I doubt that those who disagree with the asserted viewpoint even read them, given the polarization on this topic.

This seems like an area where collaboration with other fields might be especially helpful, and offer an objective aspect to an article.  Particularly, collaboration with those in medicine and sociology would be especially interesting.  I'm not suggesting that any article on abortion would be wholly objective or not identify with one position or the other; rather, I hope that some new angles of approach on this contentious topic might shed new light.

-- Mark Osler

April 26, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

April 25, 2007

17th Annual Conference for Law School Computing, June 18 – 20, 2007

This year's Conference for Law School Computing® is at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV, Monday to Wednesday, June 18 – 20, 2007.  The CALI Conference is the place to learn about and discuss the most exciting innovations in the development and application of technology in law schools.  This year the conference features over 60 sessions on a wide variety of topics.  Some of the sessions that maybe of interest to readers of this blog include:

With 30 minute breaks and lots of food between sessions, the conference provides an opportunity for faculty, librarians, administrators, IT directors and IT staff to interact in a collegial atmosphere.  Plus, it is in Las Vegas:)  Details, including hotel and registration information, are here.  The current version of the agenda is here

I hope to see you there.

Elmer Masters.

April 25, 2007 in Technology -- in general | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

April 24, 2007

A notable journal-blog cooperative

Lawreviewforum1Dan Solove has announced in this post a very intriguing new endeavor at Concurring Opinions, entitled "Law Review Forum Project."  Here are the basics from Dan's announcement:

I am very pleased to announce a new project here at Concurring Opinions – the Law Review Forum Project. We will be hosting online forums for several law reviews.   Increasingly, law reviews are creating online forums as companions to their regular law review issues. These forums contain very short response pieces, essays, debates, and other works that attempt to bridge the gap between regular legal scholarship and the blogosphere....  Throughout the year, each law review will periodically post forum essays here at Concurring Opinions.  We are not requiring an exclusive license, so participating law reviews can also cross-post at their own websites.

We see this as a mutually-beneficial arrangement. We can bring great content to our blog, and law reviews can reach our significant audience without the pressures of having to build and maintain an online readership or of having to produce content with regularity.

Law reviews currently with and without existing forums will be participating. Thus far, the following law reviews have agreed to participate:

* Harvard Law Review
* Virginia Law Review
* Michigan Law Review
* University of Pennsylvania Law Review
* Northwestern Law Review
* UCLA Law Review
* George Washington Law Review

In the near future, we hope to be expanding the list of participating law reviews.

Very interesting.  I look forward to seeing this project unfold and also seeing if Concurring Opinions will lose some of its distinctiveness if it ends up becoming a regular conduit for online forums for many law reviews.

April 24, 2007 in Scholarship -- online | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack