The Northwestern University Law Review has started a blog! Here is the announcement:
Announcing the Northwestern Colloquy
Welcome to the Northwestern Colloquy. This first post provides an outline of the Colloquy, an exciting new feature of the Northwestern University Law Review.
The Northwestern Colloquy will be the first scholarly weblog to be operated by a major law review. It will feature legal commentary written in the form of blog posts. This new format will allow scholars to publish their thoughts within days of an emerging legal development. The subject matter can be anything within the field of legal inquiry, whether a short exposition of a new idea, an analysis of an emerging legal topic, an ongoing debate regarding a legal issue, or a short response to an already published piece of scholarship. Readers can rely upon the Law Review to ensure that citations in these pieces support the assertions made in the posts. We will also be allowing comments on these pieces in a moderated forum. We hope that this new feature will serve as both an attractive new way in which to publish ideas and as a meeting place for far-flung scholars to interact and refine their work.
Additionally, for those who wish to publish pieces that straddle the border between the depth and rigor of an article and the speed and brevity of a blog post or an op-ed, the Colloquy will regularly publish short pieces of scholarship, of no more than 5000 words and 40 footnotes. These short pieces will be initially published on the web, and subsequently added to a print volume of the Law Review. This will drastically shorten the amount of time that lapses between the conception of an idea and the possibility of its publication in a major law review from more than a year to less than three months. Just as with the blog posts on the Colloquy, students will provide authors who contribute these short pieces with the editing and citation-checking services that are a hallmark of legal publication.
The Colloquy will launch, with both blog posts and its first short piece, on November 1, 2006.
If you have questions about the Colloquy, or wish to submit a piece to be considered for publication either as a Colloquy blog-post or as a short piece which will be published in the Law Review as well as online, please e-mail Mark Spottswood, Colloquy Editor of the Law Review. Alternatively, please feel free to ask questions or offer suggestions in the comments.