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Vol.25, No. 19 Apr. 7, 2000

Law Review Celebrates 100 Years

By Jennifer Shotz

Columbia Law Review will celebrate its 100th year of publication with a banquet and with the opening of an exhibit documenting the journal's history. United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Law'59, will speak at the April 6 banquet, which is by invitation only. The public is invited to view the exhibit on display in Low Rotunda from April 7 through June 9.

Other speakers include the Honorable Mary Jo White, Law'74, United States attorney, Southern District of New York; Maria Foscarinis, Law'81, executive director, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty; Michael I. Sovern, Law'55, Columbia president emeritus and professor of law; Louis Lowenstein, Law'53, Simon H. Rifkind Professor Emeritus of Finance and Law, Columbia Law School; and Brad Meltzer, Law'96, best-selling author of The Tenth Justice and Dead Even.

Founded in 1901 by Editor-in-Chief Joseph E. Corrigan and Secretary John M. Woolsey, the Columbia Law Review is a leader in legal scholarship in the United States and around the world. The Review is an independent nonprofit corporation edited and published entirely by Columbia Law School students.

It is one of only four student-edited law journals in the nation that publish eight issues a year, and is the third most widely distributed and cited law review in the country. The Review receives roughly 2,000 submissions a year, out of which editors select approximately 25 manuscripts for publication.

A recent ranking of law reviews based on author prominence concluded that the Columbia Law Review ranked first among all law reviews in the nation.

In the first issue, dated January 1901, the editorial board wrote in their Salutatory: "In the publication of the Columbia Law Review we feel that we have undertaken a task which may prove to be beyond our powers. Yet we have been encouraged to proceed in the hope that if our efforts are successful, the magazine will be of service to the profession. And in this, our initial number, we wish to indicate the general purpose of our undertaking. The plan was conceived with the idea that there is a field for still another magazine devoted to the discussion of legal problems, and containing besides, a summary of current decisions and discriminating reviews of law books."

Columbia Law School , one of the oldest and most distinguished law schools in America , was a charter member of the American Association of Law Schools. The school was established in 1858, although law lectures were offered at the University as early as 1794.