Over the last two weeks, my writings have been twice published, and no, they’re not letters to the editor.
First, my student note, “The New Class Action Rule,” was published in The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. But Mohsen, you ask, how did you manage to get published in a scholarly journal as a lowly second-year law student. The answer is that in the legal academy, scholarship is published in student-reviewed, student-editted journals. (I work for the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics; ZLindsey works for the Michigan Journal of International Law.) This may seem like a terrible system, and indeed it probably is.
In any case however, most journals also publish shorter works by their student-editors called notes. “Note” connotes a short, casual peice, but it’s really a horrible misnomer. My “note” is 25 type-written pages and over 200 footnotes, mainly supporing citations. It appears in the Summer issue of the Journal, to which you probably don’t suscribe, and will soon be available on the databases Westlaw and Lexis, which requires a password. Even if I wanted to, I couldn’t reproduce it here, because per the Journal’s policy, I signed away my copyright rights to the note. This wasn’t a big deal for me, but it was for some others. One person actually refused, and the controversy even spilled into the blogosphere as some professors took up his cause (here too).
Second, my roommate, the editor of The Bright Line, our school’s creative writing and art magazine, impressed me into writing an essay for the latest issue. The result, “On Blogs and Conformity,” was published in the Spring issue of that magazine last week. I basically compare blogs to IPods and say that though both once represented a certain seriousness or individuality, today they are so common that having one appears to be more an act of conformity. The magazine, unsurpisingly, is not widely distributed (only 500 copies are printed), but I didn’t sign away my copyright to this guy, and I’ll probably post an abridged version of it here one day, when the blog is hurting for some new material.