Academic journal article Energy Law Journal

Editor-in-Chief's Page

Academic journal article Energy Law Journal

Editor-in-Chief's Page

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It has been quite an autumn. Wildfires have spread throughout California, people have lost their homes, still others have lost their lives, and many have been without power for days on end. In Washington we have seen the start of an historic Presidential impeachment inquiry, the first World Series championship for the city in more than ninety years, and publication of the latest edition of the Energy Law Journal. My message to the readership - my first as Editor-in-Chief - is of course about the latter.

I have proudly served the Journal as its Executive Editor since 2006, but this is my first edition as the Journal's Editor-in-Chief. Lucky for me, Bob Fleishman, who so ably filled this role as my predecessor, continues to help as my sounding board and informal advisor during the transition. For years before I joined the Journal as its Executive Editor i read many of the articles (and published a few), but did not fully appreciate the broad scope of the work that went into the Journal's production. With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I would like to rectify that by giving special thanks to the many people who make publication possible and by providing our readers with some sense of the work behind the scenes that goes into each edition. I have identified some (but by no means all) of those who make the Journal possible, but I am thankful for the contributions of every one of them. If you have read our homepage, you will see the large number of volunteers involved in the Journal.

Although you might not think of them as volunteers, we could not have a journal without the unpaid work of the authors themselves. Writing a law review article is a considerable commitment of time. And that is just the beginning. By agreeing to write for the Journal authors subject themselves to a rigorous review process that leads up to the publication itself.

Also central to the success of the Journal is the support of the FÉLJ Board of Directors and its President, Nicholas J. Pascale. The Board protects our editorial independence, all while promoting scholarship, ELJ programming, and raising the funds necessary to make the Journal available for free online to readers around the world.

Our editorial board, headed by Kat Gamache, our new Executive Editor, distinguishes the ÉLJ from nearly all other law journals. Our articles are not selected by students, but are peer-reviewed like articles appearing in academic publications in other disciplines. We have a wonderful group of practitioner-editors with a wide range of experience in rate regulation, transactional work, environmental and international energy issues who devote their considerable talents to reviewing manuscripts before publication. Their expertise helps ensure that the Journal remains a source of practical scholarship of value to practitioners, regulators, and policy makers. …

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