Academic journal article Iowa Law Review

Iowa Law Review: A Century of Work Worth Doing

Academic journal article Iowa Law Review

Iowa Law Review: A Century of Work Worth Doing

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Unlike many other institutions, student-edited law reviews never have the luxury of operating over a period of years with one increasingly experienced leadership team standing steadily at the helm. Rather, the students who run our journals are akin to participants in a decades-spanning relay race: they dash ahead at a furious pace and then-right about the time they hit their stride-they must pass the baton to eager but less seasoned successors. The Iowa Law Review's national prominence at the close of its first century is a direct result of the skill and determination with which generations of editors and student writers have individually risen to the challenges that await them when the baton hits their hands.

Most domestically trained law professors in the United States were themselves editors once upon a time, and so they know first-hand the rich educational benefits that the experience affords. That does not mean, of course, that the system always works perfectly at all journals and at all times. Depending upon the law reviews with which one publishes, for example, one sometimes finds editors whose attachment to footnotes borders on the fetishistic, fueled by a newly found conviction that readers need to see support for even the most banal of factual declarations, and that readers are unable to follow the flow of a multi-paragraph discussion without a series of "see infra" and "see supra" citations to tie the sentences together. Of course, student editors across the country have their own stories to tell-stories about authors whose self-appraisal does not stoop to the mundanity of deadlines, stories featuring authors who jettison their skepticism about U. …

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