Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Southwestern Hosts the 60th Annual National Conference of Law Reviews March 13, 2014
Southwestern Hosts the 60th Annual National Conference of Law Reviews

Every year, law review and law journal editors from around the country gather to collaborate on ideas and discuss issues connected with student-edited publications at the National Conference of Law Reviews (NCLR). This year, Southwestern is hosting the NCLR's milestone 60th annual event March 26-29 in Los Angeles.

"We are very excited to be hosting NCLR this year," said Annie Levitt, who serves as this year's editor-in-chief of the Southwestern Law Review. "NCLR is a great opportunity for law review editors to come together, share ideas, network with each other and develop strategies for how to run successful on-campus organizations. Participants will have the option of sitting in on many different interesting sessions that will help the individuals focus on their specific journal's needs for the coming year. We are especially excited to be hosting the conference here in sunny Los Angeles, where participants will also have the opportunity to break up the weekend with fun excursions throughout the Los Angeles area, or explore the bustling downtown."

Approximately 300 student editors from law schools around the country will attend the four-day event, which is sponsored by Thomson Reuters Westlaw; The Sheridan Press; Joe Christensen, Inc.; and Fierstadt & Mans, LLP. This year's theme is "Keeping the Law Relevant," and participants will explore ways to maintain a publication's tradition of excellence while incorporating modern, 21st century enhancements. Discussion will cover a range of pertinent topics, including:

  • Addressing Special Concerns for Specialty Journals
  • Changing the Internal Culture of Your Law Review
  • How to Be an Effective Editor in Chief and Managing Editor
  • How to Successfully Manage Your Relationships with Authors and Keep Your Publication on Schedule
  • Law Journals and Emerging Publishing Technology
  • Law Review and Law Journal from an Employer's Perspective
  • Mentoring in Your Journal for School and Career
  • Selecting the Right Members for Your Law Review
  • Transitioning to a Digital Production Assignment Process
  • Using TWEN to Manage Your Law Review
  • Working with Your School's Faculty and Administration
  • Working Together with Other Journals on Campus

The NCLR program includes two prominent keynote speakers who both served as articles editors for their respective law review publications. On Saturday, March 29, the Closing Dinner will feature the Hon. Sandra Segal Ikuta of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit as special guest speaker.

At the SCRIBES Award Reception and Dinner on Thursday, March 27, Southwestern alumnus Craig E. Gosselin '84, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Human Resources for Pacific Sunwear, will deliver the keynote address. "I am looking forward to talking to the editors about my long and winding road to becoming the General Counsel of two very cool companies, Vans and PacSun, and how the skills I learned as a member of the Southwestern Law Review contributed to my journey," Mr. Gosselin said.

For more information about this year's National Conference of Law Reviews, including an electronic version of the program and speaker bios, click here.