January 5, 2013
Contact: University Relations
An online version of the University of Baltimore Law Review has been launched by the UB School of Law. This student-run website offers an outlet for the timely publication of editorials, commentary and legal scholarship for the Law Review staff and the local legal community.
The first online article concerns an extremely timely topic in torts, one that is now under considerartion by the Court of Appeals of Maryland. "Comparative Negligence with Joint & Several Liability: The Best of Both Worlds" was written by Robert H. Lande, Venable Professor of Law in the School of Law, and James MacAlister, an alumnus of both the School of Law and the Law Review. The piece examines Maryland's current contributory negligence standard, and suggests it be replaced by a comparative negligence standard that retains joint and several liability. The article is posted on the review's new blog site.
The first issue of the review was published in the winter of 1971. Volume 1 Issue 1 contained three student notes, several book reviews, and an article by then-Attorney General Francis B. Burch, an incredible achievement even for 11 ambitious evening students. Four decades later, and now with a staff of more than 70 students, the Law Review continues to aspire to the high standard set by prior classes. In 2011-12, the Volume 41 Executive Board began publishing four issues a year, and, using an entirely digital production process, eliminated the paper-based process that had existed for 40 years.
Much remains to be decided about the scope and breadth of the online version of the journal, but the hope is that readers will be enlightened by the additional online content as future classes build upon it.