Chief Justice John Roberts,1 Judge Richard Posner,2 Judge Harry T. Edwards,3 and Adam Liptak of the New York Times4 appear to enjoy mocking student-run law reviews. To be fair, law reviews are easy targets. When I started teaching, my husband was incredulous that law students review, select, and edit high-prestige academic work. In medicine, mainstream academic publication follows very different rules, with concise single-journal submissions, multi-author collaborations, mandatory inclusion of research methods, empirical data checks, and blind expert peer review, intended to ensure quality and quality control.5 By comparison, legal publishing looked upside down -- with the inmates running the asylum.
Joelle Anne Moreno, 99 Problems and the Bitchin' Is One: A Pragmatist's Guide to Student-Edited Law Reviews, 33 Touro L. Rev. 407, 430 (2017).