Announcing the Law Review Forum Project


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.

Journals seeking to create their own online forum face two daunting challenges. First, they must create and actively maintain a web presence. Second, they must find ways to attract readers, which is difficult in an age where so many blogs and other websites exist. A wide readership for a website depends upon having daily content. Law review forums produce content sporadically throughout the year at intervals that are not regular enough to attract a significant readership.

Therefore, we have invited a number of law reviews to participate in a partnership with our blog. 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.

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4 Responses

  1. Patrick S. O'Donnell says:

    This is a wonderful development (for one, it conveniently facilitates my ongoing avocational legal education). I very much look forward to reading the forum essays. Thanks to Dan and all the relevant parties for arranging this.

  2. Miriam Cherry says:

    Nice work, Dan.

  3. Miriam,

    This wasn’t just my work. Dave Hoffman came up with the basic idea, and all of us at Concurring Opinions refined it in subsequent discussions.


  4. Miriam Cherry says:

    What I meant to say was, hey, good idea. Kudos to Dave, Dan S, Dan F, Kaimi, Nate, Frank & Melissa.