The Legal Mechanics’ Law Library: Hibbitts 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 Hibbitts Wing (1994–1996)


Alfred F. Conrad, A Lovable Law Review, 44 J. Legal Educ. 1 (1994)

C. Steven Bradford, As I Lay Writing: How to Write Law Review Articles for Fun and Profit: A Law-and-Economics, Critical, Hermeneutical, Policy Approach andLots of Other Stuff That Thousands of Readers Will Find Really Interesting and Therefore You Ought to Publish in Your Prestigious, Top-Ten, Totally Excellent Law Review: [this space reserved]:, 44 J. Legal Educ. 13 (1994)

David M. Richardson, Improving the Law Review Model: A Case in Point, 44 J. Legal Educ. 6 (1994)

Marc A. Fajer, Authority, Credibility, and Pre-Understanding: A Defense of Outsider Narratives in Legal Scholarship, 82 Geo. L.J. 1845 (1994)


Andrew J. McClurg, The World’s Greatest Law Review Article for Anyone Taking Life Too Seriously, 81 Oct. A.B.A. J. 84 (1995)

Carl Tobias, Manuscript Selection Anti-Manifesto, 80 Cornell L. Rev. 529 (1995)

John F. Bramfeld, Love Those Law Reviews, 5 Scribes J. Leg. Writing 101 (1995)

Leonard B. Mandell, Publish or Perish: Judging an Article by Its Cover, 15 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 373 (1995)

Mark A. Godsey, Educational Inequalities, the Myth of Meritocracy and the Silencing of Minority Voices: The Need for Diversity on America’s Law Reviews, 12 Harvard BlackLetter L.J. 59 (1995)


Bernard J. Hibbitts, Last Writes? Reassessing the Law Review in the Age of Cyberspace, 71 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 615 (1996)

  • For responses, see Symposium, Who Needs Law Reviews?: Legal Scholarship in the Age of Cyberspace, 30 Akron L. Rev. 173­–323 (1996) (below)

Elizabeth Fajans & Mary R. Falk, Comments Worth Making: Supervising Scholarly Writing in Law School, 46 J. Leg. Educ. 342 (1996)

Juan F. Peres, After Getting to Yes: A Survival Guide for Law Review Editors and Faculty Writers, 48 Fla. L. Rev. 867 (1996)

Michael J.Saks, Howard Larsen & Carol J.Hodne, Is There a Growing Gap Among Law, Law Practice, and Legal Scholarship?: A Systematic Comparison of Law Review Articles One Generation Apart, 30 Suffolk U. L. Rev. 353 (1996)

Michael L. Closen & Robert J. Dzielak, The History and Influence of the Law Review Institution, 30 Akron L. Rev. 15 (1996)

 Symposium Issues and Collections

 Exchange, 61 U. Chi. L. Rev. 527­–558 (1994)

James Lindgren, An Author’s Manifesto, 61 U. Chi. L. Rev. 527 (1994)

Wendy J. Gordon, Counter-Manifesto: Student-Edited Reviews and the Intellectual Properties of Scholarship, 61 U. Chi. L. Rev. 541 (1994)

Articles Editors of the University of Chicago Law Review, A Response, 61 U. Chi. L. Rev. 553 (1994)

Symposium, Law Review Editing: The Struggle Between Author and Editor over Control of the Text, 70 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 71–152 (1994)

Ira C. Lupu, Six Authors in Search of a Character, 70 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 71 (1994)

Ann Althouse, Who’s to Blame for Law Reviews?,70 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 81(1994)

Richard A. Epstein, Faculty-Edited Law Journals, 70 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 87 (1994)

James Lindgren, Student Editing: Using Education To Move Beyond Struggle, 70 CHI.-KENT L. REV. 95 (1994)

Gregory E. Maggs, Just Say No?, 70 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 101 (1994)

Mark V. Tushnet, The Death of an Author, By Himself, 70 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 111 (1994)

Edited Transcript of the Comments of the Panel at the AALS Proposed Section on Scholarship and Law Reviews, 70 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 117 (1994)

Randy E. Barnett, Beyond the Moot Law Review: A Short Story with a Happy Ending, 70 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 123 (1994)

Exec. Bd. of Chi.-Kent L. Rev., Student Authors, Comment,The Symposium Format as a Solution to Problems Inherent in Student-Edited Law Journals: A View from the Inside, 70 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 141 (1994)

Special Issue, Law Review Conference, 47 Stan. L. Rev. 1117–1156 (1995)

John T. Noonan, Jr., Law Reviews, 47 Stan. L. Rev. 1117 (1995)

James Lindgren, Reforming the American Law Review, 47 Stan. L. Rev. 1123 (1995)

Richard A. Posner, The Future of the Student-Edited Law Review, 47 Stan. L. Rev. 1131 (1995)

Leo P. Martinez, Babies, Bathwater and Law Reviews, 47 Stan. L. Rev. 1139 (1995)

Robert Weisberg, Some Ways to Think About Law Reviews, 47 Stan. L. Rev. 1147 (1995)

Symposium, Who Needs Law Reviews?: Legal Scholarship in the Age of Cyberspace, 30 Akron L. Rev. 173–324 (1996)

Editor’s Note, 30 Akron L. Rev. 173 (1996)

Bernard J. Hibbitts, Last Writes? Re-assessing the Law Review in the Age of Cyberspace, 30 Akron L. Rev. 175 (1996) (extended abstract)

David A. Rier, The Future of Legal Scholarship and Scholarly Communication: Publication in the Age of Cyberspace, 30 Akron L. Rev. 183 (1996)

Howard Denemark, How Valid is the Often-Repeated Accusation that There are Too Many Legal Articles and Too Many Law Reviews?, 30 Akron L. Rev. 215 (1996)

Richard Delgado, Eliminate the “Middle Man”?, 30 Akron L. Rev. 233 (1996)

Gregory E. Maggs, Self-Publication on the Internet and the Future of Law Reviews, 30 Akron L. Rev. 237 (1998)

Thomas R. Bruce, Swift, Modest Proposals, Babies, and Bathwater: Are Hibbitts’s Writes Right?, 30 Akron L. Rev. 243 (1996)

Trotter Hardy, Review of Hibbitts’s Last Writes?, 30 Akron L. Rev. 249 (1996)

Henry H. Perritt, Jr., Reassessing Professor Hibbitts’s Requiem for Law Reviews, 30 Akron L. Rev. 255 (1996)

William G. Ross, Scholarly Legal Monographs: Advantages of the Road Less Taken, 30 Akron L. Rev. 259 (1996)

Bernard J. Hibbitts, Yesterday Once More: Skeptics, Scribes and the Demise of Law Reviews, 30 Akron L. Rev. 267 (1996)

Epilogue: Are We the Last?, 30 Akron L. Rev. 321 (1996)

 Symposium, Trends and Citations in Legal Scholarship, 71 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 743–1013 (1996)

Jean Stefanic & Fred R. Shapiro, Introduction, 71 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 743 (1996)

Fred R. Shapiro, The Most-Cited Law Review Articles Revisited, 71 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 751 (1996)

James K. Lindgren & Daniel Seltzer, The Most Prolific Law Professors and Faculties, 71 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 781 (1996)

R.H. Coase, The Problem of Social Cost: The Citations, 71 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 809 (1996)

Gerald Gunther, Commentary, 71 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 813 (1996)

William M. Landes & Richard A. Posner, Heavily Cited Articles in Law, 71 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 825 (1996)

Fred R. Shapiro, Response to Landes and Posner, 71 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 841 (1996)

J.M. Balkin & Sanford Levinson, How to Win Cites and Influence People, 71 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 843 (1996)

Deborah Jones Merritt & Melanie Putnam, Judges and Scholars: Do Courts and Scholarly Journals Cite the Same Law Review Articles?, 71 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 871 (1996)

Mark Tushnet, Interdisciplinary Legal Scholarship: The Case of History-in-Law, 71 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 909 (1996)

Frances Olsen, Affirmative Action: Necessary but Not Sufficient, 71 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 937 (1996)

Nancy Levit, Defining Cutting Edge Scholarship: Feminism and Criteria of Rationality, 71 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 947 (1996)

Richard Delgado, The Colonial Scholar: Do Outsider Authors Replicate the Citation Practices of the Insiders, but in Reverse?, 71 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 969 (1996)

William N. Eskridge, Jr., Outsider-Insiders: The Academy of the Closet, 71 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 977 (1996)

Jean Stefancic, The Law Review Symposium: A Hard Party to Crash for Crits, Feminists, and Other Outsiders, 71 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 989 (1996)

Jean Stefancic & Richard Delgado, Outsider Scholars: The Early Stories, 71 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 843 (1996)

Project, Law Schools and Legal Scholarship,21 L. & Soc. Inquiry 967–1016 (1996)

Daniel R. Ernst, The Lost Law Professor, 21 L. & Soc. Inquiry 967 (1996)

John Henry Schlegel, Talkin’ Dirty: Twining’s Tower and Kalman’s Strange Career, 21 L. & Soc. Inquiry 981 (1996)

Laura Kalman, Garbage Mouth, 21 L. & Soc. Inquiry 1001 (1996)

William Twining, Rethinking Law Schools, 21 L. & Soc. Inquiry 1007 (1996)

Symposium, Writing Across the Margins, 53 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 943–1037 (1996)

Lewis H. LaRue, Writing Across the Margins: An Introduction, 53 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 943 (1996)

J.M. Balkin, Interdisciplinary as Colonization, 53 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 949 (1996)

Mary Ann Glendon, Why Cross Boundaries?, 53 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 971 (1996)

Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Finding a True Story of American Religion: Comments on L.H. Larue’s Constitutional Law as Fiction: Narrative in the Rhetoric of Authority, 53 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 981 (1996)

Robin West, Constitutional Fictions and Meritocratic Success Stories, 53 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 995 (1996)

James Boyd White, Why I Write, 53 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1021 (1996)



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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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