Michigan Journal of Law Reform
Univ Mich J Law Reform
Published/Hosted by University of Michigan Law School.
The University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform focuses on publishing law reform-oriented articles and student notes. Since its birth in the late 1960s, the Journal has followed a mandate to promote the improvement of the law in all areas in which needs are disclosed and useful proposals can be advanced. The Journal encourages articles and notes based upon empirical studies. One published note analyzed whether Detroit high school metal detector searches met Constitutional standards. More recently, the Journal featured an empirical study related to the legal representation of prisoners, and an empirical study analyzing the use of blind peremptory challenges in voir dire. The Journal also publishes works bringing to bear the influences of other disciplines on the study of the law. Authors of articles and notes have used ideas from economics, humanities, and the social sciences to enrich their analyses of the law. The Journal regularly sponsors symposia, providing an opportunity to publish articles of current interest written by some of the brightest authors in their fields. Most recently, the Journal held symposia on the Americans With Disabilities Act and Title IX, the latter exploring gender equity in athletics. Previously, symposia have focused on jury reform, products liability law, school finance litigation, unemployment compensation, revitalization of American cities, market-oriented welfare reform, preservation of minority cultures, pornography, immigration and naturalization policy, and corporate governance. Finally, the Journal has long had a goal that a substantial portion of its contents will consist of student writing by members of its own staff. Not only does authorship serve as an educational device, but it also allows interested students the opportunity to produce written work of substantial value to both the bar and to others concerned with social problems involving the law.
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