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21 Journal of Law and Public Policy 157 (1997)

Abstract

It is fitting to begin by recounting an important episode in the history of "law-and" scholarship. The year was 1933. The United States was mired in the Great Depression. Recognizing that the country was facing problems-massive problems-a group of energetic and idealistic law professors conceived the idea of starting a new law journal. In the 1990s, this hardly seems an original idea. In the 1930s, it was. The envisioned journal would be pioneering in two respects, one procedural, one substantive. First, contrary to the custom then prevailing within law schools, the journal would be edited by professors, not students. Second, consistent with the Legal Realist movement of the 1930s, the promoters of the journal would venture beyond doctrinal analysis. For each issue they would choose a symposium topic and solicit interdisciplinary perspectives on it. They proposed to tap as authors not only law professors and practicing lawyers, but also experts unblessed by legal training. The journal's promoters anticipated that this "law-and" strategy (not their phrase) would foster the cross-fertilization of ideas.

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1997

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