Cal. Litig. 2019, Volume 32, Number 2

EDITOR’S FOREWORD Better, Faster, Cheaper!

By Benjamin G. Shatz

Benjamin G. Shatz, Editor-in-Chief of this journal, is a certified Specialist in Appellate Law and co-chairs the Appellate Practice Group of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, in Los Angeles. BShatz@

Wow, wow, wow! Can you believe what you’re seeing?! California Litigation has a whole new look—and it’s about time. If one were to glance back to our first issue from 1987 (and I have, thanks to a generous donation of past issues from former Editor-in-Chief (2002-2006) and longtime Editorial Board member Joan Wolff) and compare it to our last issue, you’d see that our formatting has remained basically unchanged for over 30 years. To be sure, we lawyers value precedent and consistency…. But come on, people! After having fended off years of pestering to update the journal’s look (and to reduce costs), we’ve taken baby steps over the past few years to update the masthead and stop using paper that was more expensive than most wedding invitations. But this issue right here marks the culmination of tremendous changes that have been brewing for a long time.

As noted in issue 31:3, our illustrator, Peter Siu, retired after decades of work for our journal, and we presented him with a Friend of the Section award. We’ve now made similar presentations to founding Managing Editor Stan Bachrack (working since the journal’s creation!) and longstanding Art Director/Typographer Larisa Pilinsky.

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