Last Writes? Re-assessing the Law Review in the Age of


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Spotlight on...John Wigmore

John Wigmore - most famous in legal circles for his multivolume treatise on evidence - was one of the founding editors of the Harvard Law Review.In 1906, while Dean of Northwestern Law School in Chicago, he became an Associate Editor of the faculty-edited Illinois Law Journal. He took full advantage of his position by penning numerous editorials on topical legal subjects. Even after editorial control of the Illinois Law Journal passed to Northwestern law students in 1932, Wigmore carried on writing editorials when he could, and urged his faculty colleagues at Northwestern and elsewhere to do likewise. He was convinced that faculty editorials in law reviews provided "an unparalleled opportunity for guiding professional thought on current problems."

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