The Legal Mechanics’ Law Library: Landes 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 Landes Wing (1997–2000)


Howard Denemark, The Death of Law Reviews has been Predicted: What Might Be Lost When the Last Law Review Shuts Down?, 27 Seton Hall L. Rev. 1 (1997)

Lisa R. Pruitt, Law Review Story, 50 Ark. L. Rev. 77 (1997)

Patrick M. McFadden, Fundamental Principles of American Law, 85 Cal. L. Rev. 1749 (1997)

Richard S. Harnsberger, Reflections about Law Reviews and American Legal Scholarship, 76 Neb. L. Rev. 681 (1997)

Robert M. Jarvis & Phyllis G. Coleman, Ranking Law Reviews: An Empirical Analysis Based on Author Prominence, 39 Ariz. L. Rev. 15 (1997)

Stephen R. Heifetz,Efficient Matching: Reforming the Market for Law Review Articles, 5 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 629 (1997)

Thomas E.Baker, Tyrannous Lex, 82 Iowa L. Rev. 689 (1997)


Eugene Volokh, Writing a Student Article, 48 J. Leg. Educ. 247 (1998)

James W. Harper, Why Student-Run Law Reviews, 82 Minn. L. Rev. 1261 (1998)

Lawrence M. Friedman, Law Reviews and Legal Scholarship: Some Comments, 75 Denv.U. L. Rev. 661 (1998)

Mary Beth Beazley & Linda H. Edwards, The Process and the Product: A Bibliography of Scholarship About Legal Scholarship, 49 Mercer L Rev. 741 (1998)

Michael D. McClintock, The Declining Use of Legal Scholarship by Courts: An Empirical Study, 51 Okla. L. Rev. 659 (1998)

Reinhard Zimmermann, Essay, Law Reviews: A Foray Through a Strange World, 47 Emory L.J. 659 (1998)

Robert C. Ellickson, The Market for “Law-And” Scholarship, 21 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 157 (1998)

Ronald J. Krotoszynski, Jr., Legal Scholarship at the Crossroads: On Farce, Tragedy, and Redemption, 77 Tex. L. Rev. 321 (1998)


Anthony D’Amato, Brave New Scholarship, 49 J. Legal Educ. 143 (1999)

Dan Subotnik & Glen Lazar, Deconstructing the Rejection Letter: A Look at Elitism in Article Selection, 49 J. Leg. Educ. 601 (1999)

Erwin Chemerinsky & Catherine Fisk,In Defense of the Big Tent: The Importance of Recognizing the Many Audiences for Legal Scholarship, 34 Tulsa L.J. 667 (1999)

Jan M. Levine & Grace C. Tonner, Legal Writing Scholarship: Point/Counterpoint, 7 Perspectives 68 (1999)

Jan M. Levine, Some Concerns About Legal Scholarship, 7 Perspectives 69 (1999)


Christian C. Day, In Search of the Read Footnote: Techniques for Writing Legal Scholarship and Having it Published, 6 J. Leg. Writing 229 (2000)

Erik M. Jensen, The Shortest Article in Law Review History, 50 J. Legal Educ. 156 (2000)

Gil Grantmore, The Death of Contra, 52 Stan. L. Rev. 889 (2000)

Kenneth F. Ripple, The Role of the Law Review in the Tradition of Judicial Scholarship, 57 N.Y.U. Ann. Surv. Am. L. 429 (2000)

Nathan H. Saunders, Student-Edited Law Reviews: Reflections and Responses of an Inmate, 49 Duke L.J. 1663 (2000)

Philip F. Postlewaite, Publish or Perish: The Paradox, J. Legal Educ. 157 (2000)

Richard A. Posner, An Economic Analysis of the Use of Citations in the Law, 2 Am. L. & Econ. Rev. 381 (2000)

Robert E. Rains, Andrea’s Adventures in Law Review Land, 50 J. Legal Educ. 306 (2000)

William H. Manz, Floating “Free” in Cyberspace: Law Reviews in the Internet Era, 74 St. John’s L. Rev. 1069 (2000)

William R. Slomanson, Legal Scholarship Blueprint, 50 J. Leg. Educ. 431 (2000)

 Symposium Issues and Collections

Symposium, The New Legal Writing Scholarship, 20 Legal Stud. F. 1–144 (1997)

Philip Meyer, The New Legal Writing Scholarship, 20 Legal Stud. F. 1 (1997)

Linda H. Edwards, The Convergence of Analogical and Dialectic Imaginations in Legal Discourse, 20 Legal Stud. F. 7 (1997)

Kate O’Neill, Formalism and Syllogisms: A Pragmatic Critique of Writing in Law School, 20 Legal Stud. F. 51 (1997)

Neal R. Feigenson, On Social Cognition and Persuasive Writing, 20 Legal Stud. F. 75 (1997)

Kim Lane Schepple, Narrative Resistance and the Struggle for Stories, 20 Legal Stud. F. 83 (1997)

Teresa Godwin Phelps, Tradition, Discipline, and Creativity: Developing “Strong Poets” in Legal Writing, 20 Legal Stud. F. 89 (1997)

James R. Elkins, What Kind of Story is Legal Writing?, 20 Legal Stud. F. 95 (1997)

Philip N. Meyer, The Exploding Frog”: A Legal Writing Teacher’s Dream, 20 Legal Stud. F. 137 (1997)

Symposium, Legal Citation, 26 Fla. St. L. Rev. 813–896 (1999)

Tracey E. George & Chris Guthrie, An Empirical Evaluation of Specialized Law Reviews, 26 Fla. St. L. Rev. 813 (1999)

Gregory Scott Crespi, Ranking Specialized Law Reviews: A Methodological Critique, 26 Fla. St. L. Rev. 837 (1999)

Russell Korobkin, Ranking Journals: Some Thoughts on Theory and Methodology, 26 Fla. St. L. Rev. 851 (1999)

Tracey E. George & Chris Guthrie, In Defense of Author and Prominence: A Reply to Crespi and Korobkin, 26 Fla. St. L. Rev. 877 (1999)

Symposium, Interpreting Legal Citations, 29 J. Leg. Stud. 317–584 (2000)

William M. Landes, Introduction, 29 J. Leg. Stud. 317 (2000)

William M. Landes & Richard A. Posner, Citations, Age, Fame, and the Web, 29 J. Leg. Stud. 319 (2000)

Deborah Jones Merritt, Scholarly Influence in a Diverse Legal Academy: Race, Sex, and Citation Counts, 29 J. Leg. Stud. 345 (2000)

Theodore Eisenberg & Martin T. Wells, Inbreeding in Law School Hiring: Assessing the Performance of Faculty Hired from Within, 29 J. Leg. Stud. 369 (2000)

Fred R. Shapiro, The Most-Cited Law Reviews, 29 J. Leg. Stud. 389 (2000)

Fred R. Shapiro, The Most-Cited Legal Books Published since 1978, 29 J. Leg. Stud. 397 (2000)

Fred R. Shapiro, The Most-Cited Legal Scholars, 29 J. Leg. Stud. 409 (2000)

Ian Ayres & Fredrick E. Vars, Determinants of Citations to Articles in Elite Law Reviews, 29 J. Leg. Stud. 427 (2000)

Brian Leiter, Measuring the Academic Distinction of Law Faculties, 29 J. Leg. Stud. 451 (2000)

Frederick Schauer & Virgina J. Wise, Nonlegal Information and the Delegalization of Law, 29 J. Leg. Stud. 495 (2000)

Robert C. Ellickson, Trends in Legal Scholarship: A Statistical Study, 29J. Legal Stud. 517 (2000)

David G. Post & Michael B. Eisen, How Long is the Coastline of the Law? Thoughts on the Fractal Nature of Legal Systems, 29 J. Leg. Stud. 545 (2000)

 National Conference of Law Reviews, 30 Stetson L. Rev. 437–616 (2000)

Section I: The Publication Process

Terri LeClercq, The Nuts and Bolts of Article Criteria and Selection, 30 Stetson L. Rev. 437 (2000)

Anne Enquist, Substantive Editing versus Technical Editing: How Law Review Editors Do Their Job, 30 Stetson L. Rev. 451 (2000)

Darby Dickerson, Citation Frustrations And Solutions, 30 Stetson L. Rev. 477 (2000).

Hon. Abner J. Mikva, Law Reviews, Judicial Opinions, and Their Relationship to Writing, 30 Stetson L. Rev. 521 (2000)

Section II: Advice to New Editors in Chief

Toni M. Fine, Glory Days: The Challenges of Success Beyond Law School, 30 Stetson L. Rev. 529 (2000)

Vincent A. Branton, Now That I’ve Got It, What Do I Do with It? Practical Advice on Managing a Law Review, 30 Stetson L. Rev. 533 (2000)

Catherine Elizabeth Shannon, Lessons Learned from My First 100 Days as Editor in Chief, 30 Stetson L. Rev. 541 (2000)

Vincent E. Gunter, The Moon, the Stars, and All the Planets: Advice to New Editors in Chief, 30 Stetson L. Rev. 547 (2000)

Section III: Advice to Other New Editors

James E. Vallee, Big Shoes to Fill: Stepping into the Position of Managing Editor, 30 Stetson L. Rev. 553 (2000)

Richard B. Graves III, Advice to New Student Works Editors, 30 Stetson L. Rev. 559 (2000)

Vivien J. Monaco, Dealing with Your Peers, 30 Stetson L. Rev. 565 (2000)

Sonali R. Kolhatkar, Law’s Greatest Influence: The Law Review Process, 30 Stetson L. Rev. 571 (2000)

Section IV: How to Improve Your Law Review

Richard A. Bales, Electronically Submitting Manuscripts to Law Reviews, 30 Stetson L. Rev. 577 (2000)

Pamela D. Burdett, Dorothy C. Clark & Sally G. Waters, What Librarians Can Do for Your Law Review, 30 Stetson L. Rev. 593 (2000)

Andrea M. Kurak, Showcasing Student Scholarship: The Scholarship Luncheon, 30 Stetson L. Rev. 603 (2000)

Book Review

David S. Romantz, A Review of the Second Edition of Scholarly Writing for Law Students, Seminar Papers, Law Review Notes, and Law Review Competition Papers, 30 Stetson L. Rev. 611 (2000)


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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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