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Law Journal Celebrates 100 Years of Scholarship

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Panelists at the Georgetown Law Journal’s 100th volume celebration included Georgetown Law visiting professor William Eskridge, left, and adjunct professor Mathew Nosanchuk.

November 22, 2011 – The Georgetown Law Journal celebrated publication of its 100th volume this month with panel discussions on legal issues addressed by the journal during the last century as well as those relevant today.

Current editor-in-chief Aaron Pennekamp (F’05, L’12) opened the Nov. 17 symposium, noting that the journal’s founders in the early 1900s – Law Center students Eugene Quay, Horace Hagan and John Cosgrove – sought to provide a forum for legal scholarship.

“We recognize the role [the journal plays] in representing Georgetown to the world outside the walls of our campus,” Pennekamp said referring to the journal’s staff – past and present.


Scholars from Stanford Law School and the University of Notre Dame Law School joined Georgetown professors at the symposium, “Taking Its Proper Rank: The Next 100 Years of Academic Scholarship at Georgetown Law.”

Participants discussed intellectual property, international law and family law in the 21st century – all topics in volume No. 100.

“What we’ve tried to do in our volume, our one chance to live up to the legacy of volume one’s visionary editors, is to feature articles that are fun and cutting-edge and well-written and persuasively argued,” Pennekamp said. “… but we’ve also tried to become more relevant in the lively back-and-forth that is modern academia.”    

Journal Alumni Connections

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A panel led by Georgetown law professor Julie Cohen explored the relationship between intellectual property and competition law. She noted that the Law Journal’s first issue contained a patent article by law school alumnus Frank J. Hogan, founder of what is now the global legal practice Hogan Lovells.

This year’s Journal staff not only held the symposium in honor of the 100th anniversary, it also unveiled a new cover for the publication, launched a more interactive website and has stepped up outreach efforts for former Journal staff members.

“We have started efforts to reconnect some 2,000 Journal alumni working and living throughout the world as judges, CEOs of major companies, law firm partners, politicians and … community activists,” said Julie Polovina, the Journal’s volume 100 editor.

A High Standard

Georgetown law professor Sherman Cohn (L’57, L’60) served as managing editor on the Journal as a law student in the 1950s.

He later clerked for a former volume No. 1 staff member, Charles Fahy, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Fahy would later become Solicitor General of the United States.

Cohn said the symposium continued the tradition of meaningful and important scholarship associated with the publication.

“It sets an even higher standard as a beacon for the editors and staffs for the next century,” he said after the symposium.

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