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Animal Law Review

Purpose

Animal Law is the nation’s first and only law review devoted entirely to the discussion of legal issues relating to animals. Now in its eleventh year, this yearly review has gained national recognition, boasting a circulation of over 1400 copies. Animal law is a cutting-edge area of the law that is experiencing an explosive growth of activity throughout the country and the world. Animal legal issues including such topics as endangered species, companion animals sitting on death row and animal cloning are increasingly entering public debate. Animal Law is dedicated to providing a balanced, scholarly legal forum for discussing these topics. With the help of our faculty advisors and a distinguished national board of advisors, we will continue to publish timely, quality articles addressing this dynamic area of the law.

Admission

Animal Law provides a practical and enriching experience for every law student. First year students have a unique opportunity to volunteer with the Law Review. Duties include checking sources, as well as completing initial substantive and technical edits. First year volunteers may be invited to work for Animal Law in their second year, without participating in the writing and editing competition, if they have demonstrated excellent performance.

For entering second, third or fourth year students, Animal Law offers an anonymous annual writing and editing competition to select new members. Students who are ranked in the top of their class are invited to contribute toAnimal Law without participating in the writing and editing competition. Transfer students should contact the Law Review for special instructions.

Upper-division members may act as Associate Editors or Board members. Associated Editors oversee one manuscript per year. Tasks included editing, managing source-checkers, and communicating with authors. Two Associate Editors are chosen each year to write for Legislative Review, in lieu of some typical Associate Editor responsibilities. Legislative Review authors research and write on changes and progressions of Animal Law at the state and federal level, for publication in the journal. All Associate Editors may elect to receive up to two credits per year.

The existing Editorial Board elects an incoming board by majority vote, following input by the entire Animal Law staff. Positions include Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, Articles Editor, Form and Style Editor, Legislative Review Editor, and Business Editor. Board members may elect to receive two credits per year as second year students, and four credits per year as third and fourth year students. The Editor-in-Chief may elect to receive up to six credits per year.

The entire staff may distribute their credits between the fall and spring semesters as they choose. Credit will be given for accurate, thorough work that is completed on time. Academic credit for participation in Animal Law is acknowledged on transcripts and in the commencement program.

Environmental Law Review

Admission

Environmental Law Review holds an anonymous writing competition each year to select new Law Review members. Prospective second, third, or fourth year students must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.30 to be admitted to the Law Review. The form and content of the writing competition is within the executive board’s discretion and may change from year to year.

Prospective second-year day and evening students who are ranked in the top of their classes are invited to serve on Law Review without the necessity of completing a writing competition. The actual class rank used as a cut-off may be altered at the discretion of the Editorial Board each year so that the number of members invited shall constitute roughly half of the incoming membership. Failure to accept an invitation pursuant to this section is not a bar to admittance under the writing competition.

The total number of students accepted to the Law Review may vary from year to year. The number of new members admitted based on their grades will in no way affect the number of new members admitted pursuant to the writing competition.

New members are expected to agree to participate in Law Review for at least two semesters. Failure to meet this requirement shall constitute grounds for denial of class credit at the discretion of the faculty advisors.

During their first year on the Law Review, students will be referred to as “members.” New members who continue on the Law Review for a second year will comprise the “Editorial Board.”

Performance Standards

To remain a member of Environmental Law in good standing, all members must satisfactorily perform assigned tasks within the allotted time period.

Definitions

Assigned tasks include, but are not limited to, source checking of manuscripts, editing of text, galley proofing, page proofing, and assisting Associate Editors.

Performance is considered satisfactory when the work assigned is completed on time, is accurate, can be relied upon by other Law Review members, and is of Environmental Law quality.

In addition to the requirements listed above, all new members must:

Write a note, case note, or student comment of publishable quality as determined by the Editorial Board and the new member’s writing coach. The Law Reviews underlying goal is for students to produce papers for publication inEnvironmental Law. All candidates shall complete the writing assignment during their first year on Law Review. The paper may fulfill the student’s WIE or Capstone writing requirement and/or an Environmental Certificate requirement.

Environmental Law expects candidates to write a paper on an environmentally related topic. What constitutes an environmental topic, however, is broadly defined.

Any candidate wishing to write a paper dealing with an exclusively non-environmental topic must first obtain written approval from the Editor in Chief and the Notes and Comments Editors.

In addition to the requirements listed above, all second-year Editorial Board members must:

Satisfactorily perform the specified, assigned, or incidental duties of the particular office. Satisfactory performance is as defined above.

If a second-year Editorial Board member chooses to be a writing coach, he or she must satisfactorily perform the duties of writing coach, including being available to the candidate for guidance and providing substantive feedback on a timely basis.

Due to time pressures created by each program, no Editorial Board member, other than Associate Editors, may participate as a teaching assistant in the legal writing program.

Removal From The Law Review

To ensure the continued high quality of the Environmental Law, performance standards are required of all its members. All members must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00 and must meet the specific performance standards set forth above. Failure to satisfy these requirements may result in removal. No one otherwise in good standing (as defined by the Law School in What  s What) may be removed from the Law Review except upon failure to meet these requirements.

A member who fails to fulfill the requirements is subject to suspension or permanent removal from the Law Review as follows:

To be subject to removal under this section, a member must receive three warning notices from either the Editor In Chief or a Managing Editor advising the member that his or her work does not meet the Law Review’s performance standards and that failure to improve the work will be cause for permanent removal from the Law Review. Only the first such warning may be orally delivered.

Should the member receive a third warning for failure to meet the standards, the matter shall be referred to the Law Review’s faculty advisors. The Editor In Chief, in consultation with other board members, must make specific findings of fact and recommendations as to disposition to aid the faculty advisors in their decision.

The faculty advisors shall decide whether a member found subject to this section must be permanently removed from the Law Review, receiving no class credit for the year, or disciplined in some other manner acceptable to the editorial board.

Readmission
Externships

Any member who participates in any Externship program accredited by the Law School shall be readmitted to the Law Review upon return to the law school provided that the member is in compliance with the bylaws. Members may elect to participate in Law Review while on an Externship in the local area. The following editors must agree not to participate in an externship program: Editor In Chief, Managing Editors, Articles Editors, Form and Style Editors, and Notes and Comments Editors.

Leaves of Absence

Any member in good standing who takes a leave of absence from the Law School may be readmitted to the Law Review upon return to the Law School provided the member is in compliance with the bylaws. Any member who does not meet the requirement of this section must reapply under the regular admission procedures.

Removal or Suspension from Law Review

Any member who is removed from the Law Review for failure to meet the performance standards or failure to satisfactorily complete an imposed probationary period shall not be eligible for readmission to the Law Review. Any member who is suspended from the Law Review for failure to maintain a minimum 2.00 GPA shall be readmitted to the Law Review upon obtaining the required GPA.

Credit

New members may elect to receive up to two credits per year. Second year members may elect to receive up to four credits per year. Both first- and second-year members may distribute their credits between fall and spring semesters in the manner set forth in the bylaws. The Editor In Chief may elect to receive up to six credits per year and may distribute the credits in the manner set forth in the bylaws.

Any Law Review member may petition to take fewer than the maximum number of credits per year. A member’s workload and responsibilities shall not change because a member chooses to take fewer credits or to participate in other law school programs.

Law Review is a year-long course. Members may not receive credit per semester, with two exceptions:

    1. A first-year member who participates in an Externship during the spring semester may receive one semester’s
    2. credit for the fall semester provided: a) The member is readmitted and participants on Law Review as a second year staff or board member, and b) The member is unable to remain on Law Review while participating in an Externship.
  1. The member is second year staff or board member.
Transfer Students

All transfer students must complete Environmental Law’s writing competition packet and be subject to the same review process undergone by Lewis & Clark students during the summer competition. The Editorial Board has discretion to extend the writing competition deadlines due to special circumstances encountered by a transfer student.

Visiting Students

Visiting students will not be admitted to Environmental Law. Membership on law review is restricted to those students obtaining their J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School

Amendment

Amendment of any portion of these standards shall be by a two-thirds vote of the entire Law Review membership.

Lewis & Clark Law Review

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Admission

Lewis and Clark Law Review (LCLR) will hold an anonymous writing competition each year to select new members. Prospective second, third, or fourth year students must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.30 to be admitted to LCLR. The Managing Board determines the form and content of the writing competition, and it may change from year to year.

The total number of students accepted to LCLR may vary from year to year. All applicants must agree to participate in LCLR for at least two semesters. Failure to meet this requirement constitutes grounds for denial of academic credit at the discretion of the faculty advisors.

Performance Standards

In order to remain a member in good standing, all members must satisfactorily perform assigned tasks within the allotted time period. Assigned tasks include, but are not limited to, source checking of manuscripts, editing of text, galley proofs, page proofs, and various administrative duties. Performance is considered satisfactory when the work assigned is completed on time, is accurate, is reliable for other LCLR members to use, and is of law review quality.

In addition to the above requirements, each first-year member must write a note or comment of publishable quality, as determined by the Managing Board. The underlying goal is for students to produce papers for potential publication in LCLR.

Each member of the Managing and Editorial Boards must satisfactorily perform the specified, assigned, or incidental duties of his or her particular position. Due to time pressures created by each program, no member of the Managing or Editorial Boards may participate as a teaching assistant in the legal writing program.

Removal or Suspension

All members must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.30 and must meet the specific performance standards set forth above. Failure to satisfy these requirements may result in removal. A member otherwise in good standing (as defined by the Law School in What’s What) may only be removed from LCLR upon failure to meet these requirements. A member who fails to fulfill the requirements set forth above is subject to suspension or permanent removal from LCLR at the discretion of the Managing Board and the faculty advisors. The faculty advisors shall make all final decisions regarding whether to permanently remove a member or discipline the member in some other manner acceptable to the Managing Board. If the faculty advisors permanently remove a member from LCLR, the student will not receive any LCLR academic credits for the year, and may not hold themselves out as a member of LCLR.

Any member who is removed from LCLR for failure to meet the performance standards or failure to satisfactorily complete a probationary period imposed by the Managing Board shall not be eligible for readmission. Any member who is suspended from LCLR for failure to maintain a minimum 2.30 GPA shall be readmitted upon obtaining the required GPA.

Externships

Members may elect to participate in LCLR while participating in an Externship program in the local area. Any member who participates in an Externship program accredited by the Law School shall be readmitted to LCLR upon return to the Law School. The following editors must agree not to participate in an Externship program: Editor in Chief; Executive Editor; and Managing Editors.

Leaves of Absence

Any member in good standing who takes a leave of absence from the Law School shall be readmitted to LCLR upon return to the Law School provided the member meets all the requirements set forth above under Performance Standards at the time the leave is taken. Any member who does not meet the requirement of this section must reapply under the regular admission procedures.

Credit

LCLR is a year-long commitment; members may not receive credit for one semester only, except at the discretion of the Managing Board. Credit is available as follows: The Editor in Chief is eligible to receive six credits per year. Managing Board members are eligible to receive four credits per year. Editorial Board members and Associate Editors are eligible to receive four to six credits per year, depending on the position. First-year members are eligible to receive two credits per year.

Any LCLR member may petition to take fewer than the maximum number of credits per year. A member’s workload and responsibilities shall not change because a member chooses to take fewer credits or to participate in other Law School programs.

Transfer Students

All transfer students must successfully complete the LCLR writing competition packet. Transfer students are subject to the same review process as Lewis & Clark students. The Managing Board has discretion to extend any writing competition deadline due to special circumstances encountered by a transfer student.

Amendment

Amendment of any portion of these standards shall be by two-thirds vote of the Managing and Editorial Boards.