40 Wash. L. Rev. 227 (1965)
Law Reviews and Full Disclosure

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VOL. 40, No. 2                                             JUNE 1965
LAW BEVIEWS AND FULL DISCLOSUREf
WILLIAM 0. DOUGLAS*
I have a special affection for law reviews, as I was an-editor at Co-
lumbia (1924-1925), and I have drawn heavily from them for ideas and
guidance as practitioner, as teacher, and as judge. In my time there has
been a shift m authorship of law review articles from practitioners and
judges to law professors, which Mr. Justice Cardozo described as
follows:
judges and advocates may not relish the admission, but the sobering
truth is that leadership in the march of legal thought has been passing in
our day from the benches of the courts to the chairs of the universities.
This change of leadership has stimulated a willingness to cite the lav
review essays n briefs and in opimons in order to buttress a conclusion.
More and more, the law reviews are becoming the organs of university
lif . m the field of law and jurisprudence. The advance in prestige.of the
universities has been accompanied, as might be expected, with a corre-
sponding advance in the prestige of their organs.
The first distinctively legal periodical was published in England from
1761 to 1762 and was known as the Lawyers' Magazine. The first
American legal periodical was the Amertcan Law fournal, started in
1808 and continued until 1817 The first Irish one appeared from 1827
to 1838. The 'first Scotch one-Reports of Proceedings in the Edin-
burgh.Police Court--was published for part of 1829 India came up
with the Calcutta Legal Observer in 1839 which continued until mid-
1840.
t Address prepared for the annual Washington Law Review Banquet, April 21, 1965.
* Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States.
SELEci= READ I s ON THE LAW OF CoNmACrs at ix. (Ass'n Am. L. Schools ed.
1931). And see Mueller & Skolnck, Bar Reactions to Legal Periodicals, 11 J. LEGAL
ED. 197 (1958), Friedman, A Comment on Bar Reactions to Legal Perodicals, 11
J. LmGAL ED. 384 (1959), Newland, Legal Periodicals and the United States Supreme
Court, 7 KAx. L. REv. 477 (1959).
2See Hicxs, MATE ALS AND METroDs OF LEGAL REsFaAcH 197-98 (3d ed. 1942).
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