Albany Government Law Review

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The Albany Government Law Review is a student-edited law review at Albany Law School.[1] It is one of three journals published by the school. The others are the Albany Law Review and the Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology.


The Albany Government Law Review publishes critical and analytical articles written by leading scholars and academics on a variety of issues relating to legal aspects of government and public policy. The publications feature articles from legal scholars and academics, as well as notes and comments written by law students.

The Government Law Review hosts a live symposium each year and publishes themed issues semi-annually. For the past two years the journal has published a third issue focused on New York Legislation.


The Albany Government Law Review replaced the Environmental Outlook Journal in the 2007-2008 academic year.[2] Because running the Government Law Review is much like running a small business, the law review was profiled in the Albany Business Review.[3] The inaugural issue focused on campaign finance reform, and included a forward by former New York governor Eliot Spitzer.[4] The Brennan Center for Justice, a noted critic of New York State government, contributed an article to the first issue entitled, “What Albany Could Learn From New York City: A Model of Meaningful Campaign Finance Reform in Action.”.[5] The Volume 3 symposium focused on the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln and the use of executive power.[6]

In 2010, the law review was cited by Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens in his epic dissent in "McDonald v. Chicago."[7] Justice Stevens cited an article by Carl T. Bogus, entitled "Gun Control and America’s Cities: Public Policy and Politics" which was published in Volume 1, Issue 2, of The Albany Government Law Review.[8]

The faculty advisor to the Albany Government Law Review is Raymond Brescia.

The Fireplace Blog[edit]

In the fall of 2008, the Albany Government Law Review launched the Albany Government Law Review Fireplace. The Fireplace is the first student-written and edited law blog in the country[citation needed] and the first legal blog to engage in substantive law review-like legal analysis and academic speculation.[citation needed][9] Unlike the typical blog, which publishes quick, sometimes stream of consciousness entries, the Fireplace publishes entries that resemble shorter versions of law review comments and include citations on recent developments in government law and policy.

Because the Fireplace is part of the Albany Government Law Review and a part of the larger Albany Law School community, the Fireplace has an educational mission. The Fireplace is intended to inform the lay reader as well as local and state policymakers about the possibilities within the law to improve government administration. The Fireplace is also intended to allow readers the opportunity to offer their own critique and engage in a dialogue with our authors through the “comments” section.


Volume 1, Issue 1 - Campaign Finance Reform: Past. Present, and Future
Volume 1, Issue 2 - Firearms, the Militia, and Safe Cities: Merging History, Constitutional Law, and Public Policy
Volume 2, Issue 1 - The Worst of Times: Perspectives on and Solutions for the Subprime Mortgage Crisis
Volume 2, Issue 2 - God and the Land: Conflicts Over Land Use and Religious Freedom
Volume 3, Issue 1 - Immigration Policy in the U.S.: What's Next?
Volume 3, Issue 2 - Lincoln's Legacy: Enduring Lessons of Executive Power
Volume 4, Issue 1 - Eminent Domain: Public Use, Just Compensation, & The Social Compact
Volume 4, Issue 2 - Classroom Politics: A Symposium on Education Reform
Volume 4, Issue 3 - New York Legislation
Volume 4, Issue 4 - The Fireplace Blog Issue
Volume 5, Issue 1 - Baseball and the Law: America's Pastime
Volume 5, Issue 2 - LGBT Rights: Toward a More Perfect Union
Volume 5, Issue 3 - New York Legislation


Volume 1 - Monique F. Mazza (2007–08)
Volume 2 - Molly Adams Breslin (2008–09)
Volume 3 - Benjamin L. Loefke (2009–10)
Volume 4 - Robert S. Barrows (2010–11)
Volume 5 - Andrew M. Stengel (2011–12)(resigned prior to official completion of term)
Volume 6 - Katie Valder (2012–13)
Volume 7 - Heath Hardman (2013-2014)
Volume 8 - Michael LiPetri (2014-2015)


  1. ^ Albany Law School, "Journals & Publications"
  2. ^ Carol DeMare, "School honors American Indian legal pioneer, New law journal," Albany Times Union, March 5, 2008
  3. ^ Adam Sichko, "Albany Law student tests business acumen as editor of new journal," The Business Review, April 4, 2008
  4. ^ "Reform for All, Right?," Albany Times Union
  5. ^ Jay Jochnowitz, "Campaign Finance What?," Albany Times Union Capitol Confidential, February 13, 2008
  6. ^ Albany Law School, "Lincoln's Legacy Examined at Symposia"
  7. ^ Supreme Court of the United States, "McDonald v. Chicago," June 28, 2010
  8. ^ GLR Fireplace Blog "Albany Government Law Review Cited in Landmark Supreme Court Case" June 28, 2010
  9. ^ Albany Law School, "Blogs and Wikis"