OXFORD, Miss.–The Federal Courts Law Review (FCLR) and the Mississippi Law Journal (MLJ) have formed an exciting new publishing partnership starting in the 2016-2017 academic year. Under the partnership plan, the editors of the Mississippi Law Journal will provide essential editing services for the Federal Courts Law Review and also publish a joint MLJ-FCLR partnership volume of the Mississippi Law Journal. The two journals also hope to organize joint symposia.
“We are all very excited about this new venture,” said associate dean and MLJ faculty advisor Jack Nowlin, “one which combines the talent and expertise of these two wonderful publications.”
The Federal Courts Law Review, a prestigious specialty journal dedicated to scholarship relating to the federal courts, is published by the Federal Magistrate Judges Association.
While most law journals are student edited, the Federal Courts Law Review has the advantage of combining peer editing with student editing. The FCLR’s peer editors are United States Magistrate Judges and legal academics. The peer editorial board selects articles for publication and engages in advanced editing. The Review’s student editors do basic editing, citation checking and bluebooking of articles.
Under the new partnership, the editors of the Mississippi Law Journal will also serve as the student editors of the Federal Courts Law Review. The partnership promises great benefits for all involved.
“I feel strongly that this new partnership between Ole Miss and the FCLR can do nothing but strengthen the FCLR,” said Federal Magistrate Judge David Sanders, editor-in-chief of the Federal Courts Law Review. “I know the students are eager and excited to begin work, and having read and used the MLJ for so many years, it is exciting to know we will have such an exceptional and dedicated group working on our articles.”
Brian Stuart, current chair of the MLJ’s external Board of Directors and former editor-in-chief of the Journal, also sees great promise in the new relationship.
“This partnership provides the members of the Mississippi Law Journal with a unique opportunity to associate with and work alongside members of the federal judiciary, with the students benefitting from the collective knowledge of some of the nation’s most prominent jurists. I only wish I had this chance when I was in law school.”
Cate Rodgers, the current editor-in-chief of the MLJ, noted that a major benefit of the partnership is that it will “enhance the content of the MLJ with peer-reviewed articles selected by federal judges.” Rodgers also noted that “the FCLR-MLJ partnership is just the latest in a series of MLJ successes over the last few years, including the Journal’s comment development program, external publication initiative, faculty peer review forum and record levels of student publication.”
The partnership also has special meaning for some. “On a personal note,” Judge Sanders said, “as a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law, I am especially proud and excited that the FCLR Board showed such enthusiasm for the project and that the Ole Miss administration worked with us to make it all happen.”