Thomas Jefferson School of Law hosted the National Conference of Law Reviews (NCLR) through Saturday April 2. Every year NCLR brings together the management of student run law journals from law schools across the country. The first panels were held on Thursday, March 31, at the conference headquarters, the Hard Rock Hotel, only a few blocks from the new TJSL campus.
“It was a complete success,” said an excited 3L Sarah Harty, a senior editor at Thomas Jefferson Law Review, who spent many, many months planning and organizing the conference with the law review staff. “Ninety-two law schools from every corner of the United States and Puerto Rico were represented here and it was standing room only at all the panels!”
“This was a great opportunity to show other law schools who we are,” said 3L Christina Mills, a notes editor with the Thomas Jefferson Law Review. “It was a great opportunity to meet other people from other schools and talk about the issues we all experience in publishing a law review.”
One of the highlights of the conference was Thursday night’s keynote address by UC Irvine law school Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, a well-known figure in the legal world, whose latest book is titled The Conservative Assault on the Constitution. Dean Chemerinsky captivated the room when he spoke about the current make-up and ideologies of the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. The students were so excited to meet to him.
Friday was a play day, as the attendees took in San Diego’s sights and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, and Coronado beach.
On Saturday, all of the panels were held at TJSL. It was a chance to show-off our new home to the conference attendees. Many of them were so impressed by our new building that they said that they wanted to transfer.
One of the panels "Keeping Law Reviews Relevant," was moderated by Beatrice Skye Resendes 4L, senior editor of Thomas Jefferson Law Review. The panelists included Professor Sandra Rierson, and TJSL Alumnus the Honorable Browder Willis ‘83, California Superior Court Judge.
Saturday’s closing night dinner for NCLR took place at the Hotel del Coronado where conference attendees ate dinner in awe of the Del’s Crown Room. The keynote speaker for the event was Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist Jack Ford, who was introduced by TJSL dean Rudy Hasl. Mr. Ford spoke about the role that the media plays in our legal system. It was a wonderful end to a phenomenal conference.
“I had an amazing time, “said Thomas Jefferson Law Review Editor-in-Chief Dea Franck, 3L, who was a panelist at one of the of first discussion groups, Tips for Editors in Chief. “Our law journal members were proud to host this conference and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”