A Brief Note from the New Editors

Date01 March 2017
Published date01 March 2017
A Brief Note from the New Editors
Jeannine Bell
Susan Sterett
Welcome to Volume 51, Issue 1—the first issue edited by our
binational, cross-disciplinary team. We would like to begin this
issue by thanking the outgoing editors, by introducing ourselves,
and by offering a brief overview of important editorial principles
for our team.
The journal comes to us after excellent editing work by Tim
Johnson and Joachim Savelsberg. Tim and Joachim continue to
share great advice for the transition, and have prepared us well
to deal with the many issues that arise day-to-day in the job of
editing a journal. Tim and Joachim’s three-year tenure at Law &
Society Review saw the publication of many wonderful articles and
issues, including the 50th anniversary issue celebrating LSR’s
golden anniversary. The LSR’s continuing high impact factor is
compelling evidence of Tim and Joachim’s careful stewardship.
Although any new editorship team necessarily involves transition,
we will continue many long-standing practices. We continue to
look for top quality, innovative scholarship to publish, and to pro-
vide effective and full reviewer response to the manuscripts sub-
mitted to us. But our new team brings a unique sense of energy
and perspective stemming from the team’s structure. We are the
first team that is a triad—three scholars at three separate institu-
tions (Indiana University, Virginia Tech, University of British
Colombia), two located in different areas of the United States,
and one in Canada. We represent different perspectives and his-
tory in the field and in our profession. Two of us are political sci-
entists, two of us teach in law schools as interdisciplinary legal
scholars, one of us teaches in a public policy school. We hope
that these three different sites of editorial leadership allow us to
contribute to the work our predecessors have done broadening
LSR’s reach.
As scholars, one of our common points is an interest in how
individuals respond to the construction by law of subject posi-
tions. Canadian legal scholars have been particularly engaged in
exploring indigenous legal questions and Margot Young brings a
Law & Society Review, Volume 51, Number 1 (2017)
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