Student Scholarly Writing Highlighted in National Legal Journals
California Western students contribute to understanding of legal issues, are cited by courts and authors

California Western is pleased to announce the recent publication of three student articles in prominent national and international law journals. This recognition of student scholarly writing underscores our commitment to dynamic legal education comprised of strong theoretical comprehension paired with practical skills and hands-on experience.

Authored by Jennifer A. Wood '13, Stephen P. Smith '12, and Linda R. Praast '13, initial versions of the published articles were first drafted as part of California Western's legal writing program. The law school requires all students to complete at least one major research paper during their studies to demonstrate an ability to conduct in-depth research and to present findings and recommendations with conviction.

"Having an article published while still in law school is a rare accomplishment," explains Dean Niels B. Schaumann, "that exemplifies these students' hard work and skill, as well as the strength of California Western's unique approach to legal education."

Appearing in the Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law, Wood's provocative article, "A Dirty Game: Trusting the National Hockey League to Play Judge, Jury, and Executioner," examines the dangerous inconsistencies that exist between the League's Official Rulebook, and an unwritten players' "code" that, as Wood points out, have nearly resulted in on-ice fatalities.

In "When More is Not Necessarily Better: A Corporate Governance Tale of Two Countries," published by the Dartmouth Law Journal, Smith compares the corporate governance reform in the U.S. with that in the Republic of Georgia and makes recommendations for how the two countries should proceed in revising their respective laws.

Praast's article, published in the Manchester (UK) Journal of International Economic Law, reviews the history and efficacy of sugar commodity subsidy programs. Titled "Artificially Sweetened Agriculture: Sugar Subsidy Programs in the United States and the European Union," Praast makes recommendations for changes to the U.S. program based on the 2006 modernization of the EU subsidy program.

The Long Reach of California Western's Student Scholarship

In his book Academic Legal Writing, widely-renowned UCLA Professor of Law Eugene Volokh references California Western alumnus Victor J. Cosentino '92 in a discussion on the monumental authority that students' scholarly articles can have. Cosentino's 1990 paper "Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation: An Analysis of the Solutions" first appeared in the California Western Law Review, and has since been cited by 10 academic works and 19 cases - a statistic that Volokh is quick to emphasize in his assertion that influential pieces are not limited to general-purpose journals, or to those written by students at "top 10" law schools.

Writings by California Western students play an integral role in the legal community. Lawyers read them, scholars discuss them, and courts - including the U.S. Supreme Court - cite them. Nicole D. Melvani '11 has already had her California Western Law Review piece "The Fourteenth Exception: How the Feres Doctrine Improperly Bars Medical Malpractice Claims of Military Service Members" cited in two separate case filings to the Supreme Court.

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