Editor’s Foreword A Move From The Silver Linings Playbook
By Benjamin G. Shatz
Alittle over a year ago, calamity erupted in the legal periodicals scene: After 35 years of publication, California Lawyer died. Many of usâindeed, the vast majority of currently practicing lawyersâgrew up with California Lawyer. A monthly magazine founded in 1981, California Lawyer was the successor publication to the California State Bar Journal started in the 1920’s. Sent to all California attorneys automatically for many years, and in later years by an easy opt-in request, California Lawyer was a tangible "benefit" of State Bar membership. California Lawyer contained legal news, commentary, reviews, awards and accolades, articles on substantive law (some with MCLE tests), and covered trends in legal practice, technology, and law firm management. Most issues also contained in-depth articles displaying the finest that legal journalism had to offer.
When word spread that California Lawyer’s October 2015 issue was to be its final printed installment, the legal community emitted a collective groan, accompanied by now-cliché, 20th century griping, about the death of print. (In true 21st century fashion, California Lawyer lives on as a "web portal" at www.CalLawyer.com.)
One of California Lawyer’s most valuable contributions to California practitioners was its annual California Supreme Court review by Professor Gerry Uelmen. Rather than ruing the apparent loss of this scholarly gem through depression-induced paralysis, your California Litigation editorial board sprang to action, realizing we could offer a new home for the good professor’s labors. Fortunately, it was not a hard sell. Gerry has a history with this publication, having served on its editorial board throughout the 1990’s. And no one knows better than Gerry that "if it doesn’t fit," you cannot quit! So in this issue, we are pleased to present Professor Uelmen’s 2015-2016 California Supreme Court exposition. The demise of California Lawyer remains a regrettable stain on the fabric of legal publishing, but our silver lining is that California Litigation now has Gerry’s work.