October 27, 2009
Yale Law Journal Online Launches at D.C. Conference
Washington’s National Press Club on September 18 was the scene of a popular and widely-covered conference on the Supreme Court’s case selection process, and it also marked the launch of The Yale Law Journal Online, whose Board, along with Yale Law School's Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic, co-sponsored the conference.
YLJ Online is the online companion to the print Yale Law Journal, with seven editors dedicated to the production and editing of the site and its articles. It integrates what were previously two websites, The Yale Law Journal and The Pocket Part, the latter being the first-ever online companion published by a leading law review when it debuted in 2005.
YLJ Online continues The Pocket Part’s mission of augmenting the scholarship in the print Journal by providing original essays, legal commentaries, responses to articles in the print Journal, podcast and iTunes University recordings of featured pieces, and other works by both established and emerging academics and practitioners.
“The Yale Law Journal Online provides a markedly improved forum for serious, timely, and accessible scholarship, and represents a great step forward for legal scholarship in general and The Yale Law Journal in particular,” said Yale Law Journal Editor-in-Chief Benjamin Taibleson ’10.
The original content section of YLJ Online currently features an essay on manifest disregard by Hiro N. Aragaki that has already been cited in a Supreme Court brief, as well as responses to Michael Stokes Paulsen’s recent piece in the print Journal on “The Constitutional Power To Interpret International Law.” Coming up are essays on marriage, property, and corporate law and selections from The Honorable J. Harvie Wilkinson III and others who took part in the September 18 conference.
YLJ Online will also periodically reissue significant past pieces, as it did with Sonia Sotomayor’s Note from 1979 to mark her nomination to the Supreme Court. Additional archived material will be available on the website over the coming months and will span the Journal’s nearly 120-year history.
“The Journal has always been careful to place substantive scholarship at the forefront of its electronic efforts,” said Managing Online Editor Jeffrey Lee ’10. “The Yale Law Journal Online will further the integration between print law reviews and the electronic medium that we are seeing generally, allowing us to expand our audience and publishing methods while maintaining the rigorous standards that the Journal expects of all of its publications.”
Lee said the fact that at least five flagship law reviews have launched online editions in the last five months “underscores the importance of this medium to the future of legal scholarship.”
He added, “We think our readers do recognize the substantive quality of our pieces, which has been borne out in the number of authors who have chosen to publish online with us rather than in the print editions of other flagship law reviews.”