Albany Law Review

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Albany Law Review  
Discipline Law
Language English
Edited by Joseph O'Rourke
Publication details
Albany Law School (United States)
Publication history
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 0002-4678
LCCN 97660517
OCLC no. 01479006
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The Albany Law Review is a quarterly law review edited by students at Albany Law School.[1] The Albany Law Review is one of three student-edited law journals published by the school.[2] The other journals are the Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology and the Albany Government Law Review.


The Albany Law Review was founded in 1931. Its founding followed the publication of the Albany Law School Journal, the first student-edited legal periodical in the United States.[3] The Albany Law Review considers itself to be the Albany Law School Journal's successor publication.[1] The only verified surviving copy of the Albany Law School Journal hangs in the office of the Editor-in-Chief of the Albany Law Review.[4]

The Albany Law Review has historically published four issues annually. For most of its history, the issues were of no particular topical focus or were topically linked to a symposium held at the law school. In 1996, the Albany Law Review absorbed the Rutgers publication State Constitutional Commentary and Notes, dedicating one of its four annual issues---titled State Constitutional Commentary---to scholarship related to state constitutional law.[5] In 2010, the journal dedicated a second issue---titled New York Appeals---to the study of appellate courts in New York State.[6] The following year, a third issue---titled Miscarriages of Justice---was dedicated to exploring failures in the criminal justice system.[7] That issue is created in partnership with the State University of New York at Albany's School of Criminal Justice.

In addition, the journal has also sponsored a series of symposia, bringing noted speakers on contemporary legal topics to the law school.[8] These speakers range from politicians, to legal academics, to sitting members of the judiciary. In recent years, the Albany Law Review has held two symposia, one in each semester of the academic year.


The members of the Albany Law Review are all students at Albany Law School. As with many law reviews, attaining membership on the Albany Law Review is a competitive process. Students become eligible for journal membership upon completion of their first year of law school. Offers of membership are extended based on student class standing or on the results of a writing competition jointly administered by the school's three student-edited journals.[2] Members are given editorial and research related assignments in their second year of law school and are required to produce an article of publishable quality. In their third year, members may be elected to the Editorial Board, which handles the overall production and publication of the journal.

The faculty advisor of the Albany Law Review is Vincent Martin Bonventre.

Notable symposia[edit]

The New York Court of Appeals: The Untold Secrets of Eagle Street[9]

Date: March 21, 2013

Panelists: New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman; Associate Judges Robert S. Smith, Victoria A. Graffeo, Susan Phillips Read, Eugene F. Pigott, Jr., and Jenny Rivera.

What Are We Saying: Violence, Vulgarity, Lies . . . and the Importance of 21st Century Free Speech[10]

Date: September 27, 2012

Moderators: Adam Liptak and Ronald K.L. Collins

Panelists: Floyd Abrams, Alan Morrison (lawyer), Susan N. Herman, Robert M. O'Neil, and Robert D. Richards

The State of State Courts[11]

Date: March 8, 2012

Moderator: New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman

Panelists: Wisconsin Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson, Utah Chief Justice Christine M. Durham, and Connecticut Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers

Great Women, Great Chiefs[12]

Date: February 16, 2011

Speakers: Massachusetts Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall, Iowa Chief Justice Marsha K. Ternus, and South Carolina Chief Justice Jean H. Toal

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "History". Albany Law Review. Archived from the original on 11 July 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Albany Law School, "Journals & Publications"
  3. ^ Jonathan Lippman, The New York Court of Appeals, Albany Law School, and The Albany Law Review: Institutions Dedicated to the Evolution of the Law in New York State, 75 Alb. L. Rev. 9, 10 (2011/2012); Spencer M. Ritchie, The Journal's Journey: a History of the Mississippi Law Journal, 81 Miss. L. J. 1527, 1528 n.7 (2012); Whit Pierce & Anne Reuben, The Law Review is Dead; Long Live the Law Review: A Closer Look at the Declining Judicial Citation of Legal Scholarship, 45 Wake Forest L. Rev. 1185, 1188 n.17 (2010); Michael Closen & Robert Dzielak, The History and Influence of the Law Review Institution, 30 Akron L. Rev. 15, 34 (1996); Michael Swygert & Jon Bruce, The Historical Origins, Founding, and Early Development of Student-Edited Law Reviews, 36 Hastings L. J. 739, 764 (1986).
  4. ^ Robert Emery, The Albany Law School Journal: The Only Surviving Copy, 89 L. Lib. J. 463, 464 (1997).
  5. ^ Robert M. Pilter, Independent State Search and Seizure Constitutionalisim: The New York State Court of Appeals' Quest for Principled Decisionmaking, 62 Brook. L. Rev. 1, 7 n.4 (1996); Lawrence H. Cooke, Message from the Chair, 59 Alb. L. Rev. 1539 (1996).
  6. ^ Matthew Laroche & Peter McCormack, New York Appeals: A New Tradition, 73 Alb. L. Rev. 645 (2010).
  7. ^ James Acker, Foreword, 74 Alb. L. Rev. 1067, 1067-1069(2010/2011).
  8. ^ Bryce, Jill (6 November 1998). "Roe vs. Wade decision recalled". The Sunday Gazette (Albany). p. B5. 
  9. ^ "How to Succeed in (Appellate)Business? Focus Focus Focus". Retrieved 1 April 2013. ;"High Court Judges to Share 'Secrets' at Albany Law". Retrieved 25 March 2013. ; "The New York Court of Appeals: The Untold Secrets of Eagle Street". Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "What Are We Saying" (PDF). Retrieved 12 February 2013. ; "ACLU President Susan Herman, Attorney Floyd Abrams to Speak at Albany Law School Symposium". Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  11. ^ John Caher, Meeting Highlights Fiscal Woes of State Courts Across Nation, N.Y.L.J., Mar. 3, 2012;"New York Court Watcher: The State of State Courts". Retrieved 12 February 2013. ; "Albany Law Review Symposium: "The State of State Courts"". Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "New York Court Watcher: Great Women, Great Chiefs". Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  13. ^ Barret, John. "Howard C. Buschman , Jr. (1917-2009) Jackson Law Clerk" (PDF). The Jackson List. 
  14. ^ "Clerk of the Court, Frances E. Cafarell". Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "Anthony V. Cardona, Longtime Third Department Presiding Justice, Dies". 12 June 2011. ; In Memoriam: Hon. Anthony V. Cardona, 75 Alb. L. Rev. 1 (2011/2012).
  16. ^ "Judge Craig J. Doran". Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  17. ^ "On Air Personalities - Megyn Kelly". Fox News. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  18. ^ "Stephen P. Younger, Partner" (PDF). Retrieved 27 June 2012. 

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