The Future of Legal Scholarship
Yale Law Journal’s PocketPart has an interesting symposium of papers about the future of legal scholarship. Included in the symposium are short pieces Eugene Volokh, Ann Althouse, Christopher Bracey, Jack Balkin, and Stephen Vladeck. According to the description of the symposium:
This month, The Yale Law Journal Pocket Part features essays that discuss, celebrate, and critique the ways in which legal scholarship is changing. Professor Paul Caron describes how professors download articles from the Internet long before they appear in the law journals. Legal weblogs critique slip opinions months before students’ case notes reach the printer, as Professor Stephen Vladeck observes. A quicker publication process and a freer medium permit a jazzier style of writing, as Professor Christopher Bracey shows. And changes of pace and of style permit—indeed, encourage—changes of substance as well, as Professor Jack Balkin describes in an account of how his blog, Balkinization, helped scuttle Senator Arlen Specter’s recent bill on domestic spying. Professor Ann Althouse celebrates scholars’ online work but warns student editors not to “tart up” our websites, while Professor Eugene Volokh proposes three innovative ways to do just that. Professors Rosa Brooks and Brian Leiter will add their thoughts soon—Brooks to discuss what the Internet will mean for female professors, and Leiter to caution against the dangers that unmediated public blogs can pose to scholarly debate.