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Journal celebrates first year of Furthermore

May 2, 2013 | Students

Last spring, the Ohio State Law Journal published its first essays on its online companion, Furthermore. These practitioner-authored essays focused on timely issues affecting Ohio.

A year later, Furthermore features more than 17 pieces on topics ranging from the Federal Corrupt Practices Actto the use of covenants not to sue in trademark infringement cases written by students, practitioners, and professors. Futhermore has enabled OSLJ to engage in a broader spectrum of scholarly discussion in a medium aimed toward future generations.

The development of Furthermore has transformed OSLJ: We can now highlight more narrowly tailored and timely legal topics, due to the online companion’s accelerated editing timeline. Furthermore gives OSLJ the opportunity to publish different pieces than ones typically found in our print publication, including responses, case comments, and shorter essays.

Professor Bruce Bean of the Michigan State School of Law authored Furthermore’s first response piece, titled “Further to Professor Alldridge’s ‘Caffeinated’ Article: What “Stuff” Did the Professor Have in Mind?” Professor Peter Alldridge’s essay was published last fall in volume 73, issue 5 of OSLJ’s print publication. Responses like Bean’s help OSLJ continue the discussion on legal issues, which is at the heart of Furthermore’s mission and the reasoning behind the online supplement’s name.

Furthermore has a number of highlights to report in its first year. The online companion published the first essay written by a Moritz professor, titled “Why the Ohio Early Voting Case Is Not a Threat to Military Voting Accommodations.” In this piece, Professor of Law Steven F. Huefner reflected on the impact of the Obama for America v. Husted decision on other voting accommodations for military families. Three essays also were published relating to OSLJ’s 2011-12 symposium, “The FCPA at Thirty-Five and Its Impact on Global Business.” Finally, Furthermore soon will publish its first set of concentrated essays on the topic of fracking and water regulation. Professors from Florida State, Dayton Law, and Louisiana State contributed works to this issue.

Furthermore also has increased the opportunity for students to publish. “The internal writing program that student members of the Ohio State Law Journal participate in is an important part of the Journal experience. We are more than just superb editors. We have worked diligently this year to ensure that Furthermore becomes an additional avenue to possible publication for our members, showcasing some of our greatest student authors,” remarked Barbara Jordan, the 2012-13 editor in chief.

In the fall, two student notes were published that argue for the extension of First Amendment protection to proxy speech under Citizens United and discussed the effect of a mandatory arbitration agreement on small claims plaintiffs after AT&T v. Concepcion. Furthermore also gave OSLJ the opportunity to resurrect the Journal’s publication of case comments. This program gives students the opportunity to contribute to legal scholarship by writing even shorter pieces concerning pending litigation. Case comments will analyze Supreme Court, Sixth Circuit, and Ohio state court decisions. Thus far, three case comments have been published.

The growth of Furthermore from one essay to a collection of 17 essays could not have been possible but for the efforts of the OSLJ staff, the Moritz community, and Furthermore’s contributing authors. OSLJ is always seeking ways to promote scholars within the Moritz community. OSLJ encourages the Moritz community to visit Furthermore and consider contributing pieces. OSLJ looks forward to Furthermore’s future contribution to legal scholarship.

This article was contributed by the Susan Manship, the 2012–2013 Furthermore editor and member of the Class of 2013.