Journal of Law & Politics
|Journal of Law & Politics|
|Abbreviated title (ISO 4)||J.L. & Pol.|
|Discipline||Law, Politics, and Jurisprudence|
|Edited by||Grace Bielawski (2013-2014)|
|Publisher||The Journal of Law & Politics (United States)|
|Frequency||4 issues per year|
The Journal of Law & Politics was founded in 1983 by students at the University of Virginia School of Law. Among the faculty advisers supporting the Journal were then-professor and current Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Published four times a year (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall) the Journal consists of articles, essays, book reviews, and commentaries by scholars, practitioners, national political leaders, and students focusing on issues at the cross-roads of law and politics: the role of the judiciary in making law, the relationship of the three branches of government, federalism, the politics of the judicial appointment process, voting rights, campaign finance, redistricting, voter initiatives, ethics investigations, the politics of education, and religious freedom in a pluralist society.
The Journal boasts a proud and distinguished history of contributors including prominent professors from the nation's top universities and law schools. The Journal has also published a number of luminary jurists including Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Justice Byron White, and many federal circuit court judges. Numerous members of Congress have also written for the Journal, including Senators Warren Rudman, Mitch McConnell, Strom Thurmond, and Orrin Hatch, and Representatives David McIntosh and Robert Livingston. Other notable authors from outside the professorate include Robert Bork, Ralph Nader, Ed Meese, Theodore Olson, former Secretary of Education Lauro Cavaso, and Gary Bauer. The Journal has also published representatives from such diverse institutions as the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Enterprise Institute, the Department of Justice, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Democratic Leadership Council, the U.S. Catholic Conference, and the Common Cause.
The Journal has played an influential role in the courts and the legal academy. Over the years, the Journal has been cited by the Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and D.C. Circuits, the supreme courts of Colorado, Louisiana, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and many other federal and state courts. In addition, Journal articles have been cited hundreds of times in academic articles and anthologized in a number of books.
The Journal provides high quality events that bring in premier scholars and practitioners in the political and legal realms. The Journal's most recent symposium, “Disclosure, Anonymity and the First Amendment,” consisted of three panels of scholars and practitioners discussed the constitutional and political issues surrounding disclosure, a topic that has played an enormous role in the public discussion in the past few years, culminating around the controversial Citizens United opinion. The Journal, in partnership with the Federalist Society, also recently hosted a debate between the Honorable Brad Smith, former Chairman of the Federal Elections Commission, and Joseph Birkenstock, former Chief Counsel to the Democratic National Committee, entitled “Citizens United: Free Speech or Corporate Corruption.” The Journal publishes four issues each year and is currently engaged in our twenty-eighth volume.