Academic journal article Law & Society Review

From the Editor

Academic journal article Law & Society Review

From the Editor

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Once upon a time, there was an old, faded blue Victorian home that went by the unimaginative name of 1818 Sheridan Road. The front first-floor room of the house, a room that must have been the parlor when the house served its intended function, looked out over Lake Michigan. During my time as a student at Northwestern University, the room was the office of Red Schwartz, who was serving as the first editor of the Law & Society Review. Red took great pride in the Review, and before writing this note, I went back and looked over what he published.

Much has changed in the ensuing years. As best as I can tell from the names of the authors, only one woman was published during Red's time, Karan Huckleberry, who co-authored an article with Paul Bohannan. Topics that once were at the center of public and scholarly interest have faded and been replaced by different concerns. The first special issue ever published by the Review was on school desegregation.

But it is also true that much is the same. Then, as now, the association was concerned with social justice. The first article in the first issue was about civil justice and the poor. Then, as now, people in socio-legal research were concerned about methodology and the larger epistemological questions of how we know. Rick Lempert published an article in the first issue on research designs for legal impact studies. Then, as now, there was a strong interest in the socio-legal world outside the United States. …

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