Houston Law Review celebrates 50th anniversary

Dean Ray T. Nimmer says Law Review's rank in top 3 percent speaks to excellence in legal research and scholarship

Dean Nimmer Attendees celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Houston Law Review Robert J. Sergesketter, chair of the Houston Law Review board
University of Houston Law Center Dean Raymond T. Nimmer Attendees celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Houston Law Review Robert J. Sergesketter, chair of the Houston Law Review board

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Nov. 30, 2012 – More than 500 members of the Houston legal community turned out to toast the Houston Law Review on 50 years of publication. Attendees at last night’s event included judges, law students, attorneys, law professors, past and present members of Law Review, and UH Regent Jarvis Hollingsworth.

“Fifty years ago the Law Review started as a fledgling publication,” University of Houston Law Center Dean Raymond T. Nimmer said. “Through a lot of hard work and with excellence in legal scholarship, it is clear that we have come a long way and have a lot to celebrate. Today the Houston Law Review is ranked in the top 2.5 percent of legal publications worldwide.”

Robert J. Sergesketter, chair of the Houston Law Review board, credited the journals’ success to the nearly 1,700 law students who have served on the Review over the past half-century. The Editor in Chief for Board 33, he noted that current and former members have published 234 issues and 5 legal books, for a total of more than 60,000 pages.

“Being members of the Review made us better lawyers, and it allowed us to be a part of a great organization,” Sergesketter said. “But, more importantly, it is where many of us made our best friends in law school. So during all of those long days and even longer nights while you are cite-checking and proofreading, enjoy the camaraderie with your fellow editors.”

Professor Craig Joyce and Matthew Hoffman, former Editor in Chief for Board 49, will write a five-part series of essays that chronicle the entire 50-year history of the Houston Law Review. Each essay will cover one decade of the Review, and one essay will be published in each of the five issues of Volume 50 of the Review.  In total, this will be a 150-page history.

“This is a monumental and virtually unprecedented task,” Sergesketter said. “The first essay has already gone to print and is in the first issue of this year’s Review. It truly is a page-turner.”

Click here to view a photo gallery from the event.

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