Davies Publishes Two New Papers

Professor Ross Davies, editor-in-chief of The Green Bag, An Entertaining Journal of Law since 1997, has published two new papers, abstracts of which appear below.

The Original Law Journals

Green Bag 2d, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 187-217, Winter 2009
George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 09-15

Commercially speaking, law journalism was a risky business in the early Republic. According to Frederick Hicks, of the 30 legal periodicals that went into business before 1850, 24 also went out of business before 1850. And of the six that survived into the second half of the century, five expired by 1866, leaving just one to carry on over the long term. (That one is the Legal Intelligencer of Philadelphia, which is still in operation today.) A simple recitation of Hicks's body count does not, however, reveal the full intensity of the semi-Hobbesian existence of those early journals. A few features of their experience merit a bit more attention. First, the very short lifespans. Second, the total number of failures. Third, the persistence of failure despite enthusiastic support from pillars of the bar. And fourth, the depths of obscurity into which those failed journals have tended to fall.


Let the Preseason Begin: Want to Play?

Green Bag 2d, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 235-243, Winter 2009
George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 09-16

During the first session of the 111th Congress (Jan. 6-Oct. 30), the Green Bag will be working out the kinks in a new project: FantasyLaw. We are looking for a few test subjects to help us - to share the joys of playing the beta version of FantasyLaw. If you know (or would like to know) enough about both the federal legislative process and traditional fantasy sports to enjoy leading a fantasy league in which the stars have all been elected to serve in the U.S. Senate or the House of Representatives, this might be for you. Please read on.