NCLR Conference Rousing Success

The Seattle University Law Review was the proud host of the 2003 National Conference of Law Reviews from March 26-29, 2003. Each year, NCLR brings together editorial board members from the nation's law school law reviews to exchange ideas and techniques with the goal of improving scholarly legal publications.

Although the Madison Renaissance Hotel served as the conference headquarters, one of the features of this year's conference was Seattle University Day, a day of on-site programming at Seattle University School of Law. This year's organizers wanted to particularly showcase their school, and the conference's two main themes-- social justice and cutting-edge technology--make that clear. Scheduling conference programming on-site was a great way to introduce participants to SUSL's facilities, technology and hospitality.

Without a doubt, this year's conference was a rousing success. Over 300 editors from over 60 law schools attended the four-day event, which featured a very impressive schedule. Attendees were able to chose from sessions on everything from how to host a NCLR conference, to how to master the unique technical skills needed to produce a quality review. Student-moderated roundtables and distinguished presenters covered every aspect of the law review experience--editorial, technical and commercial.

The program included the following sessions and workshops:

  • Practical Tips Sessions for Editors-in-Chief, Managing Editors, Executive Editors, Marketing/Business Editors, Note and Comment Editors and Lead Article Editors
  • Author Relations
  • How to Successfully Launch a New Journal: The Model of the Seattle Journal for Social Justice with Professor Kellye Testy
  • Transition and Your Law Review
  • Substantive and Technical Editing with Anne Enquist (more information and a video about this event)
  • Knocking at the Door: Article Criteria, Selection, and Solicitation with Elizabeth Fajans
  • Building and Maintaining Administration and Faculty Relations
  • Microsoft: Law Review Technology in the New Millennium
  • Westlaw: Digitize Your Editorial Process with TWEN
  • LexisNexis: Collaborate and Streamline Your Work with the Virtual Journal Office and Other Technology Tools
  • Specialty Journals
  • Managing a Law Review on a Small Budget
  • Raising the Ante: Supervising Student Law Review Articles with Elizabeth Fajans
  • Benefits of Law Review: Law School and Beyond with Roy S. Gutterman
  • Tips for Recruiting
  • Revamping Your Law Review
  • "Best Practices" in Legal Citation…and Other Technical Matters with Darby Dickerson
  • Working with Faculty Authors with Rick Bales
  • Plagiarism Workshop
  • Staff Motivation and Discipline
  • Editing Holdover Issues
  • How to Bid and Host NCLR with Darby Dickerson

The distinguished presenters at this year's conference offered a variety of information and experiences. The presenters were:

  • Rick Bales
    Associate Professor of Law
    Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University
  • Darby Dickerson
    Vice Dean, Professor of Law and Director of Legal Research and Writing
    Stetson University College of Law
  • Anne Enquist
    Writing Advisor
    Seattle University School of Law
  • Elizabeth Fajans
    Writing Specialist
    Brooklyn Law School
  • Roy S. Gutterman
    Lawyer, writer and former newspaper reporter
  • Roy M. Mersky
    Professor of Law and Director of the Tarlton Law Library of the Jamail Center for Legal Research
    University of Texas
  • Kellye Testy
    Professor of Law
    Seattle University School of Law

Attendees also had other opportunities to mingle with their colleagues. In addition to the Welcome Reception hosted by SUSL Dean Rudy Hasl, the 2003 conference featured three keynote speakers:

Bradford L. Smith, General Counsel for Microsoft Corporation, gave the keynote address at the Scribes Dinner on Thursday evening, March 27. Mr. Smith spoke on technology innovation in the global economy, and the challenge of providing digital rights management to protect intellectual property rights. In addition to numerous accomplishments and duties, Mr. Smith leads the company’s Department of Law and Corporate Affairs, and oversees Microsoft’s intellectual property legal work, including litigation in over seventy-five countries.

Narda Pierce, Solicitor General for the State of Washington spoke at the lunch reception on Friday, March 28. Ms. Pierce was a last minute addition to the schedule after Christine Gregoire, Attorney General for the State of Washington, was unable to attend.

Nadine Strossen, President of the American Civil Liberties Union, gave the final keynote address of the conference on Saturday, March 29. Professor Strossen spoke on the ramifications for civil liberties in the Total Information Awareness age. Professor Strossen teaches law at New York Law School and has written, lectured and practiced extensively in the areas of constitutional law, civil liberties and international human rights. She has served as the president of the nation’s largest and oldest civil liberties organization since 1991, and is the first woman ever to head the organization.

Other notable conference highlights:

  • Vendors were on-hand to court the conference attendees. In addition to sponsoring receptions, lunches and snacks, plenty of giveaways were also provided from Lexis, Westgroup, Western, Joe Christensen, Sheridan, Western and Hein.
  • Students on-campus for Seattle University Day--Thursday--were wowed by the Docket, the law school's computer-based calendar and information system
  • Anne Enquist's presentation was simultaneously beamed to an adjoining classroom so that an unlimited number of participants could comfortably attend.
  • Next year's hosts, Texas Tech University, graciously accepted the banner from the Seattle Law University Review.

Congratulations to the entire staff of the Seattle University Law Review.