Duke Law Adds Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy

Duke Law School has approved a new student-led journal, its eighth. Sponsored by the Program in Public Law, Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy is intended as a practical resource for lawyers, judges, and legislators to use when confronting fresh constitutional issues or constitutional and policy dimensions of recent and pending state and federal decisions and legislation.

“It will coordinate wonderfully with the Program in Public Law, which counts informing the legal and larger communities on important matters of constitutional law among its primary missions,” said Charles S. Murphy Professor of Law and Public Policy Christopher Schroeder, who directs that program. “The journal takes advantage of a growing interest among Duke Law students in the important public law issues of the day.” Schroeder will serve as faculty advisor to the journal, along with Alston & Bird Professor of Law Erwin Chemerinsky.

“The journal should be an important addition to law reviews in that it will be the first to focus primarily on constitutional law from the perspective of lawyers and judges dealing with cutting-edge issues in this field,” said Chemerinsky. “Over time, it has the chance to become a pre-eminent venue for scholarship on constitutional law and litigation.”

The journal will publish online at regular intervals and will publish a print edition each spring.

Founding Editor-in-Chief Scott Mikkelsen ’06 said he and fellow students wanted to capitalize on Duke Law’s strength in constitutional law and policy.

“It seemed like we were missing a real opportunity to make our voice more prominent in the legal and academic community, and among our peer institutions,” said Mikkelsen. “We hope to make an impact in the field immediately.”

In addition to the new Duke Journal Constitutional Law & Public Policy, Duke Law School publishes Duke Law Journal, Law and Contemporary Problems, Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law,Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy, Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum, Duke Law and Technology Review and the Alaska Law Review.

For more information, contact Frances Presma (919) 613-7248.