Our History

The Alabama Law Review is built on a rich tradition of scholarship aimed at exploring issues of national as well as local significance to scholars, legislators, jurists, and practitioners. In its early years, the Alabama Law Review published articles by such leading national figures as Justice Hugo Black of the United States Supreme Court, Judge Charles Clark of the United States Court of Appeals, and Harry Jones of Columbia Law School, as well as then-emerging (now distinguished, senior) scholar Daniel J. Meador of the University of Virginia. Going back to the very first issue of the Alabama Law Review, published in 1948, the Law Review has taken progressive stances on the issues of race and civil liberties. In the aftermath of Brown v. Board of Education, University of Alabama Professor Jay Murphy argued against the constitutionality of a legislative attempt to establish segregated schools. His advocacy led to the demise of the proposal.

In more recent years, the Alabama Law Review has offered innovative symposia on such topics as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and punitive damages. The Law Review has been honored to publish a long line of distinguished scholars, including Cass Sunstein, Derrick Bell, Edward Rubin, Akhil Amar, Lea Brilmayer, Kathryn Abrams, Richard Epstein, Steven Lubet, Judith Resnik, Paul Carrington, Richard Delgado, Ruth Colker, Ronald Rotunda, Peter L. Strauss, Robert Brauneis, Fred H. Miller, Barry L. Zaretsky, Russell L. Weaver, Calvin Woodward, Blake Morant, Jan Laitos, Carlss Ball, Thomas Schaffer, and many others. The Law Review has also published contributions from leading jurists, politicians, and lawyers such as Hon. Patrick Higginbotham, Hon. U.W. Clemon, Hon. Eric G. Bruggink, Bryan A. Stevenson, Albert Brewer, and Hon. William Pryor. In addition, well-known Alabama faculty and former faculty, such as Bryan K. Fair, Tony Freyer, Wythe Holt, Joseph A. Colquitt, Charles W. Gamble, and Martha Morgan, have contributed.

The Law Review is also proud of the many former members who have gone on to careers of leadership in the legal profession as well as public service. Former Alabama Law Review members serve as partners in major law firms, members of the judiciary, and leaders of the bar. Members have gone on to argue in courts across the nation, including before the United States Supreme Court.