In the great scheme of things, how important are the problems with law reviews? Jim Lindgren's essay is a bit overheated, even for someone playfully enamored of polemic as a literary form. But he does have a point: if law reviews are going to be published, the task should be done better than it is. That does not mean getting rid of student law reviews. Not even for Jim - but it does require patience and further inquiry into the nature of legal scholarship. This essay will have two parts. The first will be a response to James Lindgren. The second will be a defense of one much-maligned aspect of student-run law reviews, their obsession with having authors provide background information and footnotes.
Wendy J. Gordon, Draft of Counter-manifesto (Feb. 1, 1994) (unpublished manuscript).