Friday, November 16, 2007
Brian Leiter has just released his latest collection of data, listing the authors most cited in eighteen specialty areas in the period 2000-2007, including subjects such as business law, civil procedure, criminal law & procedure, evidence, tax. Noticeably absent from his list of academic topics is legal writing.
As Professors Linda Edwards and Terrill Pollman have shown,* the scholarship produced by legal writing professionals is remarkably diverse. While some in the field have published primarily (or exclusively) in doctrinal areas, the growing body of scholarship devoted to legal writing topics deserves mention--and attention. And with that growth comes the opportunity to cite, in our own scholarly writing, the significant and influential works of our colleagues.
To that end, we invite you to determine who are the most-cited authors in legal writing. We'll post the results.
*See Terrill Pollman & Linda H. Edwards, Scholarship by Legal Writing Professors: New Voices in the Legal Academy, 11 Leg. Writing 3 (2005).