Call for Papers: Changes Affecting Trial Judges

The Widener Law Journal is commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the National Conference of State Trial Judges by publishing essays and articles discussing the changes that have affected trial judges over the last fifty years. Pieces will be published in the Spring 2009 issue of the Journal, in time for the August 2009 (July 30 – Aug. 4) American Bar Association meeting in Chicago, where the Conference and its members will be honored and the Journal’s work would be recognized.

Writings may discuss any aspect of the evolution of the trial judge, including, but not limited to, the following:

• the impact of changes in evidence relating to technological advancement;
• the increasing popularity of specialized courts such as drug and business courts;
• the role of the judiciary in formulating public policy;
• the erosion or importance of judicial independence at the trial level;
• the perennial conflict over methods of judicial selection; and
• the potential evolution of the trial courts over the next several decades

Accordingly, the Widener Law Journal welcomes pieces from all disciplines including, but not limited to, political science, history, and traditional legal analyses. Interested scholars, judges, and members of the practicing bar are asked to submit proposals to the Law Journal by September 1, 2008, and to submit completed works by December 1, 2008. Questions may be directed to Michael Dimino, faculty advisor to the Journal, at 717-541-3941 or mrdimino[at]