The Legal Mechanics’ Law Library: Harry T. Edwards Wing

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The Legal Mechanics’ Law Library is designed to promote access to all of the scholarly literature on legal scholarship. The goal is to further the craft of legal writing by tracing the history of legal scholarship. What makes for a good law review article? What makes for a good law review? Many have tried to answer such questions over the years. Rather than try to answer this question myself, I instead provide the materials for anyone interested in cultivating a better understanding of the role legal scholarship has played over the past century. For more on the project and easy access to the other wings, visit the Library homepage.

The Harry T. Edwards Wing (1991–1993)


Arthur Austin, Footnote Skulduggery and Other Bad Habits, 44 U. Miami L. Rev. 1009 (1990)

Banks McDowell, The Audiences for Legal Scholarship, 40 J. Legal Educ. 281 (1990)

Geoffrey Preckshot, All Hail Emperor Law Review: Criticism of the Law Review System and Its Success at Provoking Change, 55 Mo. L. Rev. (1990)

Herma Hill Kay, In Defense of Footnotes, 32 Ariz. L. Rev. 419 (1990)

James Leonard, Seein’ the Cites: A Guided Tour of Citation Patterns in Recent American Law Review Articles, 34 St. Louis U. L.J. 181 (1990)

James Lindgren, Fear of Writing, 78 Cal. L. Rev. 1677 (1990)

Kenneth Lasson, Scholarship Amok: Excesses in the Pursuit of Truth and Tenure, 103 Harv. L. Rev. 926 (1990)

Mary Coombs, Lowering One’s Cites: A (Sort of) Review of the University of Chicago Manual of Legal Citation, 76 Va. L. Rev. 1099 (1990)

Bernard S. Meyer, Fiftieth Volume Tributes: Is There Cause for Jubilee?, 50 Md. L. Rev. 227 (1991)

David L. Gregory, The Assault on Scholarship, 32 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 993 (1991)

James D. Gordon, III, Law Review and the Modern Mind, 33 Ariz. L. Rev. 265 (1991)

Jim C. Chen, Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, 58 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1527 (1991)

John Henry Schlegel, Better Than No Teeth at All?, 50 Md. L. Rev. 231 (1991)


Brian Leiter, Intellectual Voyeurism in Legal Scholarship, 4 Yale J.L. & Human.79 (1992)

Edward L. Rubin,On Beyond Truth: A Theory for Evaluating Legal Scholarship, 80 Cal. L. Rev. 889 (1992)

Harry T. Edwards, The Growing Disjunction Between Legal Education and the Legal Profession, 91Mich. L. Rev. 34 (1992)

James D. Gordon III, Introduction: Humor in Legal Education and Scholarship, 1992 BYU L. Rev. 313

Max Stier et al., Law Review Usage and Suggestions for Improvement: A Survey of Attorneys, Professors, and Judges, 44 Stan L Rev 1467 (1992)

Michael L. Closen & Robert M. Jarvis, The National Conference of Law Reviews Model Code of Ethics: Final Text and Comments, 75 Marq. L. Rev. 509 (1992)

Richard A. Matasar, Storytelling and Legal Scholarship – Chicago-Kent Dedication Symposium: Legal Education II, 68 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 353 (1992)

Stephen J. Werber, On Defining Academic Scholarship, 43 Syracuse L. Rev. 1247 (1992)

Carol Sander, Editing, 82 Geo. L.J. 513 (1993)

Daniel A. Farber & Suzanna Sherry, Telling Stories Out of School: An Essay on Legal Narratives, 45 Stan. L. Rev. 807 (1993)

 Symposium Issues and Collections

Symposium, Legal Scholarship, 63 U. Colo. L. Rev. 521–750 (1992)

Robert Weisberg, Criminal Law, Criminology, and the Small World of Legal Scholars, 63 U. Colo. L. Rev. 521 (1992)

Meir Dan-Cohen, Listeners and Eavesdroppers: Substantive Legal Theory and Its Audience, 63 U. Colo. L. Rev. 569 (1992)

John Henry Schlegel, A Certain Narcissism; a Slight Unseemliness, 63 U. Colo. L. Rev. 595 (1992)

Robert C. Post, Legal Scholarship and the Practice of Law, 63 U. Colo. L. Rev. 615 (1992)

Steven D. Smith, In Defense of Traditional Legal Scholarship: A Comment on Schlegel, Weisberg, and Dan-Cohen, 63 U. Colo. L. Rev. 627 (1992)

David P. Bryden, Scholarship About Scholarship, 63 U. Colo. L. Rev. 641 (1992)

Jean Stefancic, The Law Review Symposium Issue: Community of Meaning or Re-Inscription of Hierarchy?, 63 U. Colo. L. Rev. 651 (1992)

Mary I. Coombs, Outsider Scholarship: The Law Review Stories, 63 U. Colo. L. Rev. 683 (1992)

Richard Delgado, Legal Scholarship: Insiders, Outsiders, Editors, 63 U. Colo. L. Rev. 717 (1992)

George L. Priest, Triumphs or Failings of Modern Legal Scholarship and the Conditions of Its Production, 63 U. Colo. L. Rev. 725 (1992)

Edward L. Rubin, What Does Prescriptive Legal Scholarship Say and Who Is Listening to It:A Response to Professor Dan-Cohen, 63 U. Colo. L. Rev. 731 (1992)

Symposium, Legal Education, 91 Mich. L. Rev. 1921–2219 (1993)

Richard A. Posner, The Deprofessionalization of Legal Teaching and Scholarship, 91 Mich. L. Rev. 1921 (1993)

George L. Priest, The Growth of Interdisciplinary Research and the Industrial Structure of the Production of Legal Ideas: A Reply to Judge Edwards, 91 Mich. L. Rev. 1929 (1993)

Paul Brest, Plus Ça Change, 91 Mich. L. Rev. 1945 (1993)

J. Cunyon Gordon, A Response from the Visitor from Another Planet, 91 Mich. L. Rev. 1953 (1993)

James Boyd White, Law Teachers’ Writing, 91 Mich. L. Rev. 1970 (1993)

Barbara Bennet Woodhouse, Mad Midwifery: Bringing Theory, Doctrine, and Practice to Life, 91 Mich. L. Rev. 1977 (1993)

Paul D. Reingold, Harry Edwards’ Nostalgia, 91 Mich. L. Rev. 1998 (1993)

Sanford Levinson, Judge Edwards’ Indictment of “Impractical” Scholars: The Need For a Bill of Particulars, 91 Mich. L. Rev. 2010 (1993)

Derrick Bell & Erin Edmonds, Students as Teachers, Teachers as Learners, 91 Mich. L. Rev. 2025 (1993)

Pierre Schlag, Clerks in the Maze, 91 Mich. L. Rev. 2053 (1993)

Robert W. Gordon, Lawyers, Scholars, and the “Middle Ground”, 91 Mich. L. Rev. 2075 (1993)

Louis H. Pollak, The Disjunction Between Judge Edwards and Professor Priest, 91 Mich. L. Rev. 2113 (1993)

Nadine Strossen, Pro Bono Legal Work: For the Good of Not Only the Public, but Also the Lawyer and the Legal Profession, 91 Mich. L. Rev. 2122 (1993)

Donald B. Ayer, Stewardship, 91 Mich. L. Rev. 2150 (1993)

James L. Oakes, Commentary on Judge Edwards’ “Growing Disjunction between Legal Education and the Legal Profession”, 91 Mich. L. Rev. 2163 (1993)

Lee C. Bollinger, The Mind in the Major American Law School, 91 Mich. L. Rev. 2167 (1993)

James J. White, Letter to Judge Harry Edwards, 91 Mich. L. Rev. 2177 (1993)

Harry T. Edwards, The Growing Disjunction Between Legal Education and the Legal Profession: A Postscript, 91 Mich. L. Rev. 2191 (1993)

Symposium, [Humor in the] Law Review, 17 Nova L. Rev. 661–1001 (1993)

Foreward, 17 Nova L. Rev. 661 (1993)

See also 17 Nova L. Rev. at 665, 669, 685, 689, 709, 715, 723, 725, 729, 733, 739, 761, 763, 767, 771, 785, 793, 795, 799, 811, 813, 817, 825, 839, 849, 855, 857, 867, 869, 883, 893, 899, 911, 917, 921, 933, 937, 941, 951, 955, 965, 975, 979, 985, 991, 994, 997, 999

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Brian M. Stewart is the owner of Legal Mechanics, LLC, a writing and editing company specializing in works of legal scholarship. He has previously been published in the UC Davis Business Law Journal, the Florida Historical Quarterly, The Green Bag, and the University of Miami Law Review (twice).

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