10 UCLA L. Rev. 3 (1962-1963)
To the Right Honorable Law Reviews

handle is hein.journals/uclalr10 and id is 15 raw text is: TO THE RIGHT HONORABLE
Roger J. Traynor*
When your Editor invited me to dedicate this tenth-birthday
issue with a discussion of what law reviews have to offer the legal
profession, he added that you will enjoy this topic because of your
association with law reviews. By way of a clincher, he referred to
the law review I had once upon a time edited. Perhaps the reference
was intended to evoke green pastures of the past. It served instead
as a reminder that just when you are about to enjoy a topic, you
must reckon with free associations emerging from the bygones to
mingle obtrusively with the pleasures of the day. It is more fun
to dedicate law reviews than to edit them.
The tenth birthday of the UCLA Law Review signifies much
more than what humdrums rouse themselves to hail as a coming of
age, describing it indiscriminately as a graduation from infancy or
an entrance into maturity, with little to suggest any difference be-
tween the uncertainly executed Avanti's of crawling infants and the
studious sidesteps of the mature. This occasion is one for rejoicing
that there is a seasoned publication to represent a young but already
influential law school, strategically situated along the pacific coast
of a world as new in temper as it is old in time. It can come of age
not once but many times.
By coincidence there has been in the last ten years mounting
inquiry into the virtues and faults of law reviews. There are now a
great many newcomers along with the old-timers, and some say
there are too many. Their material resources vary widely. In the
main they depend on the bounty of universities and loyal alumni
along with the usual library subscriptions; rare is the profit that
turns up on their profit and loss statements. Their qualities vary
widely. In the main they have a regional rather than a worldly im-
print, often enough of good quality. Even the best of them, however,
are subject to the fluctuations engendered by the short tenure of
temporary student editorial boards and the glacial changes for good
or bad in supporting faculties. All must compete with their goodly
numbers for the always rare contributions that may render an other-
wise commonplace issue distinguished. It is a very American phe-
* Associate Justice, California Supreme Court, Editor-in-Chief, California Law
Review 1926-1927.

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