Thursday, October 29, 2009

A New Online Journal: Jotwell

University of Miami law professor Michael Froomkin has launched a new online journal called Jotwell. The journal has eight different sections--one each for administrative law, constitutional law, corporate law, criminal law, cyberlaw, intellectual property law, tax law, and the legal profession--to which scholars are invited to contribute reviews of good scholarship. I am careful here to say good scholarship, as opposed to scholarship in general, because one of the principal missions of Jotwell is to "celebrate scholarly achievement." In contrast to conventional reviews which invite reviewers to praise and/or critique scholarship, Jotwell seeks to orient reviewers toward the former, that is to say, toward praise. Indeed, as Froomkin writes, "although critique is welcome, reviewers should choose the subjects they write about with an eye toward identifying and celebrating work that makes an original contribution, and that will be of interest to others." An interesting project, in my view--one that augurs well for collegiality in the legal academy and for moving collaboratively toward better answers to enduring questions in law.

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