Saturday, March 3, 2007

Lameduck SBA Announces Online Law Journal, New Academic "Scholar" Distinction

Fighting back accusations that the recent SBA elections have left the current administration politically "toothless" to achieve its original goals, the SBA is swinging back with a whole new series of radical initiatives, packaged as the “Resume Revolution.”

• The SBA is pushing the administration to implement the "Leslie R. Caldwell Scholar" distinction to recognize the “academic excellence of the top 96%” of the GW class.

According to the SBA Press Secretary, "The SBA sees this Scholar distinction as a necessary remedial action to represent the vast silent, unrepresented majority of the GW student body. It's like Senator Roman Hruska once said, 'there are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers and they are entitled to a little representation... We can't have all Brandeises, Cardozos, and Frankfurters.'"

Leslie R. Caldwell, Distinguished GW Alum

- Wearing Brandeis' Favorite Suit

• Due to the logjam in efforts to bring another journal to the school, the SBA is pushing ahead with a new “online” academic journal where students and professors can self-publish their academic work. The SBA Press Secretary expressed confidence the jouiurnal would havea a democratizing voice in legal academia. "We're tossing around ideas for what to call this innovative idea but tentatively, we think we might call it a blawg…” The online journal will be hosted at Students and professors interested in publishing should contact

"We have heard rumors that Alex Long - just the type of Professor we think represents our target audience - is interested in publishing his long-awaited critique of the use of pop lyrics in judicial opinions and law review articles."[1]

When asked how a self-publishing online-journal would provide GW students with more resume opportunities, the SBA Press Secretary responded, "we haven't ironed out all the details of our non-traditional journal - sure, we won't need traditional 'editors' and we won't 'review' material before it's published, but let's not forget the truism we have learned from the last three SBA elections: MORE JOURNALS = MORE JOBS. We feel in our gut that that this journal will somehow equal more jobs."

[1] Long's statistical analysis of the use of pop music in legal cases has been hailed as "landmark" and "unorthodox." For example, Long writes "Paul Simon’s numbers are somewhat inflated because [] people sometimes cited just him [ ]when, in reality, the proper cite should have been to Simon & Garfunkel. I probably could have corrected for these kinds of mistakes, but I figured that Simon and Garfunkel already have enough friction in their relationship without me adding further to it. Plus, it would have meant more work for me." According to law professor John Dosen of Columbia, "This is radical - other lawyers pretending to be statisticians, what we call the classical school, would have just excluded Garfunkel via a footnote with an obscure reference to the Erie doctrine."