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{ journals } “Our goal has always been to create content that is useful and timely, and provides a greater service to the legal world.” From its inception, the Quarterly has taken a broad view of what falls under the domain of constitutional law. As The Quarterly’s editorial team former Editor-in-Chief John A. from 2011–12, from left: John A. Newton ’12 explains, “One defi- Newton ’12, nition is what the Supreme Court Amelia Diedrich ’12, Christopher says the president and Congress Johnson ’12. can and cannot do. But it’s really a much broader idea: the theo- A Wide-Angle VieW of ries, methods, and practices of ConstitutionAl lAW why areas that might seem fargovernmental authority.” That’s afield—environmental law, tax For more than 30 years, the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly law, family law, maritime law— has been in the vanguard of legal scholarship. are all relevant topics. “They all W Quarterly debuted Dell’Ario ’74, decided it was devote space to these issues, -QuarterlyNot only does therelate to the exercise of government power,” Newton says.DavidA. Charles andUC Hastings students,Steiner ’74Hastingshen theConstitutional Law in 1974, its roster of contribu- time to remedy that. They it welcomes submissions from tors was impressive: two retired launched the Quarterly with the abroad. “We’ve had judicial U.S. Supreme Court justices, the school’s blessing—but without review in the United States since American Bar Association presi- financial support. “It was satisfy- the 19th century,” Newton says. dent, an assistant U.S. attorney ing to do,” Steiner recalls. “And “But that’s not always the case general, and top law professors it’s even more satisfying to see in other countries.” He says that from around the country. that it’s still going.” reading about constitutional At the time, the subject of These days, the Quarterly issues abroad helps us gain constitutional law was at the has 85 to 90 members and is perspective on how government forefront of American thought, published four times a year. can be constituted. “There’s a thanks to Watergate and free “Our mission is to provide great deal of constitutional law speech issues. Yet the United up-to-date and ingenious legal development around the world,” States had no law journal analysis,” says incoming Editor- Newton says, “and we benefit devoted to the topic. Two in-Chief Jonathan August ’13. by knowing about it.” 56 fall 2012


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