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It is my pleasure, and honor, to congratulate the Georgia Law Review on its fiftieth anniversary. Throughout my 27 years on our law school's faculty, including over a decade of service as dean, I watched with pride as the Georgia Law Review grew in prestige and stature, helping to enhance the academic reputation of our law school. Each of our graduates, whether a member of the Georgia Law Review or not, benefits from having a review of its caliber. Law is an unusual academic discipline; our most sought after publication venues are student edited reviews. As academics, we put our fate in the hands of second and third year law students, who decide not only which handful of the literally thousands of submissions they receive to select for publication but who also edit our work. To say that our colleagues in other disciplines find this a strange publication system is an understatement. But it works, and works well, because of the talent, extraordinary hard work, and dedication that law students bring to this critically important part of the academic enterprise. And it has the substantial benefit of enhancing, in significant ways, the education our law students receive. As a law student, I served as editor-in-chief of my alma mater's law journal. My law journal experience was invaluable to me, particularly as a new lawyer, and I am grateful that our students at the University of Georgia's School of Law have the opportunity to engage in this meaningful work as part of their own law school careers. It is work that enhances their analytical and writing skills, hones their attention to detail, and, often, through dealing with authors, helps them develop diplomatic talents they will put to good use in the practice of law.

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