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New England Law Review Advances in Rankings

Law Review Is Making Its Mark on Legal Scholarship

Law Review Editorial Staff pose with Associate Justice Robert J. Cordy, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Dean John F. O'Brien
Gathered at this year's Law Review symposium, L-R, Associate Justice Robert J. Cordy, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court; Megan Kremer (’09), symposium editor; David S. Hinson (’09), business managing editor; Sarah B. Vitelli, managing editor; Dean John F. O’Brien (’77); Trace W. Rakestraw (’09), editor-in-chief

(Boston, Revised 11/13/09) New England Law | Boston: New England Law | Boston’s New England Law Review has moved up into the top 40 percent of 220 general law journals surveyed in Washington and Lee University School of Law’s annual rankings. The Law Review’s trend of improving scores has now extended into a fourth year.

Washington and Lee’s rankings are based on citations to current scholarship, counting citations to law journal volumes published in the preceding eight years. New England Law Professor Lawrence Friedman, advisor to the New England Law Review, commented, “This is indicative of the impact we are making on the world of legal scholarship. The articles written for the New England Law Review are increasingly held in high esteem by law professors and by judges, as evidenced by this growth in citations to the Law Review’s published works.”

The Law Review’s current issue (Volume 43, Number 1) focuses on Boumediene v. Bush, which held that detainees at Guantanamo Base, Cuba, had a right to petition for habeas corpus. Articles include "Who Got Game? Boumediene v. Bush and the Judicial Gamesmanship of Enemy-Combatant Detention" by Daniel R. Williams; "The Role of the Courts in The War On Terror: The Intersection of Hyperbole, Military Necessity, and Judicial Review" by Geoffrey Corn; and "Liberty, Judicial Review, and The Rule of Law at Guantanamo: A Battle Half Won" by Douglass Cassel.

The New England Law Review is a student-run organization that publishes a quarterly journal of legal scholarship by professional and student authors, presenting diverse views on subjects of interest to the legal community. It also sponsors a day-long symposium focusing on a current legal topic. The March 2009 symposium was dedicated to the jurisprudence of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The symposium aired on C-SPAN cable television.

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Referring to the Washington and Lee rankings, Trace Rakestraw (’09), editor-in-chief, said, “The editors and members of the New England Law Review put untold hours and their very best work into this publication, with the goal of achieving excellence while serving the greater legal community. It’s very gratifying to know that our efforts are being recognized by peers and that the Law Review’s reputation is on the rise.”

The New England Law Review jumped nine positions this year and is currently ranked 88 in the survey, which includes both American and international law journals. For more information about the Law Review, please visit it online or call 617-422-7294.

New England Law | Boston is also home to the New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement, recognized as one of the nation’s top criminal law publications and the only journal in the country that specifically addresses civil confinement law, and the New England Journal of International and Comparative Law, which grapples with provocative issues and trends in international law, such as the role of the non-state actor in modern warfare, complicity in international law, and the legacy of international criminal tribunals.

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