Academic journal article Law and Contemporary Problems

Law and Contemporary Problems Celebrates Volume 75

Academic journal article Law and Contemporary Problems

Law and Contemporary Problems Celebrates Volume 75

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David Cavers founded Law and Contemporary Problems in 1933 as an alternative to the traditional law review. Cavers created L&CP to focus and emphasize interdisciplinary and empirical research and to synthesize rather than to merely classify in the manner of other law reviews at the time. Classification implies division; Cavers's goal for L&CP was to foster thoughtful discussion among the many non-legal disciplines under which putatively legal problems might also be included.

As we celebrate L&CP's 75th volume, we reflect on its evolution and achievements. Today L&CP is a leading legal periodical, with the highest voluntary subscription volume of Duke's law reviews. Our symposium format poses unique challenges for authors and editors alike, but also has unique advantages. This symposium structure promotes engaging a wide range of thinkers from inside and outside the legal community; each issue's specialization on a single subject facilitates in-depth and balanced analysis of the aspects of that subject. The opportunity to explore a single topic with interdisciplinary thinkers is what attracts student editors and authors to work on and publish with L&CP.

Originally L&CP was faculty-edited, with no student involvement. In the 1970s a small student editorial board was added to the journal to work in conjunction with Duke Law's faculty. Since then the student editorial board has grown to forty-five members. Although the faculty's involvement in the editing process has decreased over the years, L&CP continues to enjoy substantial contributions from Duke's faculty and from academics and practitioners inside and outside the Duke community. These include contributions from its Faculty Board, which conducts reviews of all symposium proposals and ultimately selects which symposia to publish, and the Special Editors of each issue, who recruit the authors, submit the proposals, and help facilitate publication. …

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