The American Idol Approach to Legal Scholarship

From “Online Colloquy Allows Legal Academics to Vote Up or Down on Essays,” by Thomas Adcock, New York Law Journal, Friday, June 6, 2008, p. 24:

THREE PROFESSORS of criminal law are bent on demolishing a fusty convention of colloquy by using the Internet to make scholarship more efficient and more democratic.
The trio — Professors Paul H. Robinson of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Kimberly Ferzan of the Rutgers School of Law at Camden, N.J., and Stephen P. Garvey of Cornell Law School — say their effort is serious scholarship’s answer to TV’s ‘American Idol.’
Their vehicle is a Web site, launched in January, that has thus far attracted 120 academicians to ‘vote’ up or down on essays submitted for their considered debate.


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