The Legal Mechanics’ Law Library: Posner 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 Posner Wing (2001–2006)


Aside, Challenging Law Review Dominance, 149 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1601 (2001)

Thomas L. Fowler, Law Reviews and Their Relevance to Modern Legal Problems, 24 Campbell L. Rev. 47 (2001)

Deborah K. Rhode, Legal Scholarship, 115 Harv. L. Rev. 1327 (2002)

Dolores K. Sloviter, Commentary, In Praise of Law Reviews, 75 Temp. L. Rev. 7 (2002)

Michael Bacchus, Comment, Strung Out: Legal Citation, The Bluebook, and the Anxiety of Authority, 151 U. Pa. L. Rev. 245 (2002)

Richard A. Danner, Electronic Publication of Legal Scholarship: New Issues and New Models, 52 J. Legal Educ. 347 (2002)

Richard A. Posner, Legal Scholarship Today, 115 Harv. L. Rev. 1314 (2002)

Susan P. Liemer, The Quest for Scholarship: The Legal Writing Professor’s Paradox, 80 Or. L. Rev. 1007 (2002)

The Hon. Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG, Foreword: Welcome to Law Reviews, 26 Melb. U. L. Rev. 1 (2002)1 [1. Australian law review.]

Thomas E. Baker, A Compendium of Clever and Amusing Law Review Writings: An Idiosyncratic Bibliography of Miscellany with In Kind Annotations Intended as a Humorous Diversion for the Gentle Reader, 51 Drake L. Rev. 105 (2002)


Richard A. Danner, Issues in the Preservation of Born-digital Scholarly Communications in Law, 96 Law Libr. J. 591 (2004)

J.C. Oleson, You Make Me [Sic]: Confessions of a Sadistic Law Review Editor, 37 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1135 (2004)

Jonathan Mermin, Remaking Law Review, 56 Rutgers L. Rev. 603 (2004)

Matthew Parry & Melinda A. Parry, Theirs Not to Reason Why, Theirs But to Make Law Review or Die: A Critique of the Law Review System and Annotated Bibliography, 23 Legal Reference Servs. Q. 29 (2004)

Peter Goodrich, Satirical Legal Studies: From the Legists to the Lizard, 103 Mich. L. Rev. 397 (2004)

Richard A. Posner, Against the Law Reviews, Legal Aff., Nov.-Dec. 2004, at 57


Colin P.A. Jones, Unusual Citings: Some Thoughts on Legal Scholarship, 11 Legal Writing J. Legal Writing Inst. 377 (2005)

David Hricik & Victoria S. Salzmann, Why There Should Be Fewer Articles Like This One: Law Professors Should Write More for Legal Decision-Makers and Less for Themselves, 38 Suffolk U. L. Rev. 761 (2005)

Jean Leclair, A Review of Law Reviews: Comments of a Contented Victim, 31 Queen’s L.J. 385 (2005)

Mary Rumsey & April Schwartz, Paper versus Electronic Sources for Law Review Cite Checking: Should Paper Be the Gold Standard, 97 Law Libr. J. 31 (2005)

Peter Page, Law Reviews’ New Gospel: Keep it Short, Nat’l L.J., Feb. 28, 2005, at 4.

Alfred L. Brophy, Law [Review]’s Empire: The Assessment of Law Reviews and Trends in Legal Scholarship, 39 Conn. L. Rev. 101 (2006)

Dan Hunter, Open Access to Infinite Content (Or ‘In Praise of Law Reviews’), 10 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 761 (2006)

David Monsma, The Academic Equivalence of Science and Law: Normative Legal Scholarship in the Quantitative Domain of Social Science, 23 T.M. Cooley L. Rev. 157 (2006)

Dennis J. Callahan & Neal Devins, Law Review Article Placement: Benefit or Beauty Prize?, 56 J. Legal Educ. 374 (2006)

Gerald Lebovits, Academic Legal Writing: How to Write and Publish, 78 N.Y. St. B.J. 64 (2006)

Lawrence B. Solum, Blogging and the Transformation of Legal Scholarship, 84 Wash. U. L. Rev. 1071 (2006)

Natalie C. Cotton, Comment, The Competence of Students as Editors of Law Reviews: A Response to Judge Posner, 154 U. Penn. L. Rev. 951 (2006)

Richard A. Posner, Law Reviews, 46 Washburn L.J. 155 (2006)

 Symposium Issues and Collections

Symposium, The Canadian Law Review Experience, 39 Alta. L. Rev. 611–702 (2001)2 [2. Canadian law review.]

Bruce Ziff, The Canadian Law Review Experience: Introduction to the Symposium, 39 Alta. L. Rev. 611 (2001)

Donna Greschner, Law Reviews as Cultural Narrative, 39 Alta. L. Rev. 616 (2001)

Bruce Ryder, The Past and Future of Canadian Generalist Law Journals, 39 Alta. L. Rev. 625 (2001)

J.E. Côté, Far-Cited, 39 Alta. L. Rev. 640 (2001)

Allan C. Hutchinson, The Role of Judges in Legal Theory and the Role of Legal Theorists in Judging (Or, ‘Don’t Let the Bastarches Grind You Down’), 39 Alta. L. Rev. 657 (2001)

Roderick A. Macdonald, Epistles to Apostles, 39 Alta. L. Rev. 668 (2001)

Frances Olsen, The Role of Student-Run Journals in Opening North American Law, 39 Alta. L. Rev. 678 (2001)

Larissa Katz, The Law Review Mission: A Student Editor’s Point of View, 39 Alta. L. Rev. 684 (2001)

The Role of The Law Review: A Select Bibliography, 39 Alta. L. Rev. 690 (2001)

The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Legal Writing: Some Tools, 39 Alta. L. Rev. 695 (2001)

Collection, Reflections on Legal Scholarship, 41 San Diego L. Rev. 1739–1786 (2004)

Emily Sherwin, Why We Write: Reflections on Legal Scholarship, 41 San Diego L. Rev. 1739 (2004)

Theodore Eisenberg, Why Do Empirical Legal Scholarship?, 41 San Diego L. Rev. 1741 (2004)

Yale Kamisar, Why I Write (And Why I Think Law Professors Generally Should Write), 41 San Diego L. Rev. 1747 (2004)

Jonathan R. Macey, Legal Scholarship: A Corporate Scholar’s Perspective, 41 San Diego L. Rev. 1759 (2004)

Steven D. Smith, Legal Scholarship as Resistance to “Science”, 41 San Diego L. Rev. 1775 (2004)

Kimberly A. Yuracko, Writing Highs and Lows, 41 San Diego L. Rev. 1783 (2004)

Symposium, The First Century: Celebrating 100 Years of Legal Scholarship, 100 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1–533 (2006)3 [3. All of Vol. 100, Issue 1 is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Northwestern Law Review. These articles are the only ones that deal specifically with topics relating to law reviews. For more information, visit the symposium issue page.]

Katherine Shaw & Georgia N. Alexakis, Foreword, 100 Nw. U. L. Rev. i (2006)

Dawn Clark Netsch & Harold D. Shapiro, 100 Years and Counting, 100 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1 (2006)

John Paul Stevens, A Personal History of the Law Review, 100 Nw. U. L. Rev. 25 (2006)

Cynthia Grant Bowman, Dorothy Roberts & Leonard S. Rubinowitz, Race and Gender in the Law Review, 100 Nw. U. L. Rev. 27 (2006)



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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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