The inimitable A.L.R. series of law books published by West (now Thomson Reuters) turns 100 this year. Its narratives, published regularly, that analyze, classify, explain and digest American case law on very narrow legal issues has been an icon of law publishing for many years already. So many great people in law publishing have played a part in its success, quality, and prominence. Many still are.
And, of course, Corpus Juris/Corpus Juris Secundum turns 108 in 2019. American Jurisprudence, 2d is 83. All of them great Rochester, Twin Cities, and one-time Brooklyn/Westbury, N.Y. publications.
Corpus Juris Secundum turns 80 in 2016-2017 (or 103 years old if you count the preceding Corpus Juris encyclopedia from West that was published from 1914 to 1936). In either case, it isn’t quite as old as Justinian’s Corpus Juris Civilis yet.
Being dropped this month are the new substantive and procedural criminal law topics for Corpus Juris Secundum. Spring, and change, are in the air. Of course, yours truly co-authored the “substantive” criminal law article.
The 10th edition of Black’s Law Dictionary is being released. A term for describing a rebuke by a surly judge has been rendered part of the formalized legal lexicon by this latest edition. Bring on the benchslap!