Progressive students at Harvard Law School now have a journal of their own thanks to Michael Negron '07 and James Weingarten '07. The Harvard Law & Policy Review (HLPR) launched this winter with the inaugural issue featuring articles by leading legal practitioners and thinkers, including U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer '74.
"Although the review's ethos sounds in the values of progressivism, these common values will not produce uniformity of thought," co-founders Negron and Weingarten write in the introduction to the first issue. "We expect HLPR to inspire, to challenge, and occasionally, to infuriate our readership."
The HLPR is sponsored by the ACS and joins more than a dozen student publications at HLS, including the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, which is sponsored by the Federalist Society.
"The first issue of the Harvard Law and Policy Review was just splendid," said Dean Elena Kagan '86. "HLPR is clearly going to be a wonderful addition to the best set of student-run journals in the nation. And I love that HLS is now the home to the law journals associated with both the American Constitution Society (ACS) and the Federalist Society: there can be no better illustration of our intellectual diversity."
With the aim of reaching beyond the traditional journal audience - the legal academy - the HLPR hopes to gain readership from practicing lawyers and policymakers. As a result, the HLPR will feature shorter, more accessible articles with fewer footnotes.
The HLPR will publish twice a year, once in the winter and once in the summer. The forthcoming issue will focus on the relationship between law and economics.