Academic journal article Law & Society Review

From the Editor

Academic journal article Law & Society Review

From the Editor

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With this issue, my term as editor of the Law and Society Review comes to an end. It is a time to thank people and to reflect on the last three years. First, the thanks. During my time as editor, I was able to devote my attention to the substantive business of the journal because all of the day-to-day tedium of making things work were handled with the utmost skill by my Managing Editor, Nita Lineberry, editorial assistant Christina Hughes, and an energetic group of law students. I cannot imagine how I would have fared without their help. Difficult editorial decisions were made much easier by the able assistance of four associate editors: Patty Ewick, Bert Kritzer, Sally Merry, and Rob Sampson. Finally, I wish to thank the scores of reviewers who took time from their valuable schedule to write lengthy and thoughtful critiques of the work of others. Their names are listed following this letter.

Now, a few reflections. I suspect that my feelings at the end of my term are similar to those of my predecessors. On the one hand, there is a sense of relief and excitement that is not altogether different from how grade school students feel when summer vacation finally arrives. Suddenly, my time is my own. No longer am I tied to the relentless obligation to read and evaluate papers and reviews. No longer do I look at the incoming mail with a certain sense of dread, fearful that an influx of manuscripts may once again cause my own work (or play) to be put on hold. At the recent Law and Society Association meeting in Pittsburgh, friends correctly picked up on this sense when they rhetorically asked if I was glad "that" was over.

But of course it is only the first of July as I write this. …

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