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July 21, 2004

That Journals Thing

DG has rounded up a number of blawgers who deserve congratulations for recently winning spots on their respective law reviews, herself included. So:

Congratulations, everyone!

I'm sure there are many more blawgers out there who have made it on their journals this season, or who will be notified soon that they have. Congratulations to them, as well.

The journal is a big deal for many law students, and while I previously mocked our journal competition, I did enjoy the exercise. That's partly why I was thrilled to learn last Sunday that I did manage to earn a spot on the American Intellectual Property Law Association's quarterly journal. It's not our law review, but it ain't nothin', either. I'm told that this is a great compromise as far as the four journals at GW go because, although a position on the AIPLA journal may not carry the prestige of one on the law review or one of the other journals, it also (reportedly) doesn't require as much time or stress. According to an email from the journal, my workload will consist of three major tasks:

  1. Preemption Check. For each article that we consider for publication, we ensure that the subject matter has not been "preempted," i.e. already published. Each article must address a novel issue or take a new twist on something already out there.
  2. Compile collection. For each article, our staff is responsible for verifying that the material cited by the author actually exists. We retrieve a hard copy of each source cited and highlight the area referenced by the author. This is to avoid plagiarism and to ensure that we only publish articles grounded in fact.
  3. Blue Booking. The article must be BB perfect. In those instances were several blue-booking methods are acceptable, we must ensure that we chose those methods that conform to previous AIPLA issues to ensure consistency.
I assume and hope that we'll also be writing a note at some point. I think the AIPLA journal would be a good place to argue that Lexis and Westlaw are abusive and antisocial uses of intellectual property protections, don't you?

Posted July 21, 2004 08:37 AM | 2L law school

Congratulations!! :)

Posted by: Shannon at July 21, 2004 03:19 PM


I'll add you to my Super Nerds List. Ha!

Posted by: DG at July 21, 2004 09:09 PM

congrats!! :)

Posted by: em at July 22, 2004 10:07 AM

The AIPLA journal may not be as prestigious... but it is a great journal for IP lawyers... I don't know if that is an interest of yours, but if so, suck up the knowledge now.

Posted by: Unreasonable Man at July 22, 2004 10:22 AM


Posted by: Sam at July 22, 2004 09:45 PM


Posted by: Heidi at July 23, 2004 01:04 AM

I find being the 6th person in a row to say "congrats" would be w00t on you!

Posted by: Mary at July 23, 2004 11:42 PM

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