The Legal Mechanics’ Law Library: Rodell 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 Rodell Wing (1930–1979)


Douglas B. Maggs, Concerning the Extent to Which the Law Review Contributes to the Development of the Law, 3 S. Cal. L. Rev. 181 (1930)

Fred Rodell, Goodbye to Law Reviews, 23 Va. L. Rev. 38 (1936)

Comment, The Law School Review, 50 Harv. L. Rev. 868 (1937)


Howard C. Westwood, The Law Review Should Become the Law School, 31 Va. L. Rev. 913 (1945)

Lyman P. Wilson, The Law Schools, the Law Reviews, and the Courts, 30 Cornell L.Q. 488 (1945)

Harold Marsh, Jr., The Law Review and the Law School: Some Reflections about Legal Education, 42 Ill. L. Rev. 424 (1947)


John E. Cribbet, Experimentation in the Law Reviews, 5 J. Legal Educ. 72 (1952)

Earl Warren, Messages of Greeting to the U.C.L.A. Law Review, 1 UCLA L. Rev. 1 (1953)

Stanley H. Fuld, A Judge Looks at the Law Review, 28 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 915 (1953)

Lawrence King & Richard Lieb, Report on the Second National Conference of Law Reviews, 28 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1001 (1953)

Alan W. Mewett, Reviewing the Law Reviews, 8 J. Legal Educ. 188 (1955)

Arthur Nussbaum, Some Remarks About the Position of the Student-Editors of the Law Review, 7 J. Legal Educ. 381 (1955)

Arthur S. Miller, A Modest Proposal for Changing Law Review Formats, 8 J. Legal Educ. 89 (1955)

Harold C. Havighurst, Law Reviews and Legal Education, 51 Nw. U. L. Rev. 22 (1956)

Harold W. Horowitz & Victor S. Netterville, Unprivileged Refusal to Reap Where Own Has Sown, 12 J. Legal Educ. 201 (1959)

Chester A. Newlans, Legal Periodicals and the United States Supreme Court, 7 U. Kan. L. Rev. 477 (1959)


Ralph Slovenko, Boredom in Legal Education, 9 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 374 (1960)

Roy Moreland, Unfair Domination of Law Reviews, 12 J. Legal Educ. 424 (1960)

Earl Warren, Upon the Tenth Anniversary of the UCLA Law Review, 10 UCLA L. Rev. 1 (1962)

Roger J. Traynor, To the Right Honorable Law Reviews, 10 UCLA L. Rev. 3 (1962)

William O. Douglas, Law Reviews and Full Disclosure, 40 Wash. L. Rev. 227 (1965)

Louis B. Schwartz, Civilizing the Law Review, 20 J. Legal Educ. 63 (1967)

Lowell J. Noteboom & Timothy B. Walker, The Law Review – Is It Meeting the Needs of the Legal Community?, 44 Denv. L.J. 426 (1967)

Palmer D. Edmunds, Hail to Law Reviews, 1 John Marshall J. Prac. & Proc. 1 (1967)


Aside, The Common Law Origins of the Infield Fly Rule, 123 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1474 (1975)

John F. T. Murray, Publish and Perish–By Suffocation, 27 J. Legal Educ. 566 (1975)

Michael J. Killeen, Editing a Law Review—Remarks to the Twenty-Fifth National Conference of Law Reviews, 15 Gonz. L. Rev. 1 (1979)

 Symposium Issues and Collections

 Symposium, Why Law School Reviews?, 4 Fordham L. Rev. 1–12 (1935)

Frederick E. Crane, Law School Reviews and the Courts, 4 Fordham L. Rev. 1 (1935)

William D. Guthrie, Law School Reviews and Lawyers, 4 Fordham L. Rev. 3 (1935)

Ignatius M. Wilkinson, Law School Reviews and Law Schools, 4 Fordham L. Rev. 10 (1935)


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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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