Friday, August 31, 2007
Robert Jarvis and Phyllis Coleman have unfortunately updated their rankings of law journals by author prominence. The contributor scale on page three is just absurd. Did you know that it is less prestigious to publish something by me, a law professor at a fourth-tier school, than to publish something by the mayor of your local town? Or that publishing something by me is less than half as prestigious as publishing something by a law firm partner? This means that Frank Snyder (a former Latham partner) had his prestige cut in half when he joined the Texas Wesleyan faculty. I can't think of anything good that can come from this type of ranking other than reinforcement of the law reviews' focus on author resume over article quality.
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