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The Arizona State Law Journal hosts its annual banquet on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

Jennings Strouss general counsel Scott Rhodes will be honored at the annual Arizona State Law Journal 2018 Awards Banquet. It will be held on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, from 5:30 to 9:00 pm. The banquet will be held in Room 544 of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law’s Beus Center for Law and Society in downtown Phoenix, 111. E. Taylor Street.

Rhodes will receive the 2018 John S. Lancy Distinguished Alumni Award. Other outstanding members, as well as Executive Board members, also will be recognized.

John S. Lancy was the Law Journal’s first Editor-in-Chief in 1969–1970, selected by the Faculty Board of Editors. He also was a member of the founding class of what was then the ASU College of Law. He had a successful legal career that included a Ninth Circuit clerkship, service as an airline in-house counsel, and private practice at Quarles Brady Streich Lang. In 2001, he died at age 56 after battling brain cancer for 20 months.

The award named for Lancy is presented to “Journal alumni who have demonstrated a standard of selfless integrity, humility, and charity in the legal field that warrants the recognition and acclaim of their peers.” (More detail here.)

Tickets to the event – and sponsorship opportunities – are available here.

Currently, event sponsors are: Jennings Strouss; Dickinson Wright PLLC; Gammage & Burnham; JDA Software, Inc.; Quarles & Brady LLP; Ryley Carlock & Applewhite; Bowman and Brooke LLP; Fennemore Craig; Gammage & Burnham; Lubin & Enoch PC; Perkins Coie; Polsinelli; and Snell & Wilmer LLP.

Attorney Scott Rhodes accepting the 2010 State Bar Member of the Year Award.

Attorney Scott Rhodes accepting the 2010 State Bar Member of the Year Award.

You can read more about Scott Rhodes here. The State Bar of Arizona selected the attorney – AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell – as a 2010 Member of the Year.

The Arizona State Law Journal is the law school’s primary scholarly publication. It is student-run, comprised of 35 Staff Writers (2Ls) and 31 Editors (3Ls).


law-schoolMaybe it’s just because my fingers are stained with ink, but the following story pleases me quite a bit.

A new law review is being launched.

That sounds odd. Maybe I should explain my pleasure.

No, it’s not that a score more legal articles will populate the world every year (though that may be good news, depending on the articles). And it’s not that a thousand more footnotes will have the opportunity to join our already-footnote-laden world. (Once upon a time, I was senior managing editor on a law school journal, so I know whereof I speak. And I know how to use whereof.)

It is merely because a long-form style of writing, which actually requires something of the reader, will now be launched and have a chance to blossom (said the guy writing on his blog).

The Journal of Law and Courts will be published by The University of Chicago Press, which may have a corner on the “old-school intellectual” market.

Here is how the Press describes the new journal:

“Sponsored by the Law and Courts Organized Section of the American Political Science Association, JLC aims to be the premier journal for members of the law and courts intellectual community.”

Journal of Law and Courts coverI could be crazy, but I think there’s a typo in there. Oh well, ink-stained wretches (even at the UofC) will do that on occasion.

Besides enjoying actual writing by authors who think deeply, I also think the chosen topic is one that will provide much fertile ground to cover. As the publishers say,

“The peer-reviewed journal publishes scholarship that examines legal institutions, actors, processes, and policy. As an interdisciplinary journal, JLC is dedicated to combating intellectual fragmentation by promoting communication and fertilization across traditional boundaries.”

Who doesn’t support the battle against intellectual fragmentation? I know I do.

Here is what the inaugural issue will include:

  • Gillian K. Hadfield and Barry R. Weingast, “Law without the State: Legal Attributes and the Coordination of Decentralized Collective Punishment
  • Ryan J. Owens, Justin Wedeking, and Patrick C. Wohlfarth, “How the Supreme Court Alters Opinion Language to Evade Congressional Review
  • Alec Stone Sweet and Thomas L. Brunell, “Trustee Courts and the Judicialization of  International Regimes: The Politics of Majoritarian Activism in the European Convention on Human Rights, the European Union, and the World Trade Organization”
  • Lawrence Baum, “Linking Issues to Ideology in the Supreme Court: The Takings Clause
  • Ward Farnsworth, Dustin Guzior, and Anup Malani, “Policy Preferences and Legal Interpretation
  • Peter F. Nardulli, Buddy Peyton, and Joseph Bajjalieh, “Conceptualizing and Measuring Rule of Law Constructs, 1850-2010”

The first issue (March) will be free to all. Subsequent issues, not so much. So if you also support thoughtful prose, head over to the Journal of Law and Courts site now.