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Boston College Law Review
Boston Coll Law Rev

Published/Hosted by Boston College Law School. ISSN: 0161-6587.

The Boston College Law Review is the oldest scholarly publication at Boston College Law School. The Review publishes articles concerning legal issues of national interest. In deference to the other reviews at the law school, however, the Review generally does not publish articles that focus exclusively on topics of third world, environmental or international law. The Review publishes five issues each year that include articles and essays written by prominent outside authors (such as Professor Edward Imwinkelried, Reverend Jesse Jackson, and Judge Leon Higginbotham). The following provides an example of the Review’s range of subject matter. Anthony Thompson’s Navigating the hidden Obstacles to Ex-Offender Reentry suggested ways in which the legal community might help manage the post-incarceration lives of ex-offenders; it was published as the lead article in the March 2004 issue of the Review. Justice Breyer cited it in his dissenting opinion for Blakely v. Washington, 124 S. Ct. 2531 (2004). That issue also contained an article by Jack Bogle, the founder and former chairman of the Vanguard Group, entitled Re-Mutualizing the Mutual Fund Industry—The Alpha and the Omega. In the article, the author questioned whether the current method of compensating fund managers was contrary to the intent of the Investment Company Act of 1940; he proposed that such compensation might be better regulated under traditional fiduciary standards (as was done when the mutual funds industry started in 1924). In Speak Now: Progressive Considerations on the Advent of Civil Marriage for Same-Sex Couples, Kara Suffredini, the head of the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association, questioned whether same-sex marriage would perpetuate the subordinating effect that marriage laws sometime have on women, people of color, and the poor. The Boston Phoenix noted that the article offered one of the few leftist critiques of this evolving area of law and social policy.

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