Bar Journal - Spring 2008
Publisher's Note: Transition to Online Edition
This issue is represents a transition but not an end to the Bar Journal. It is the last issue to be predominantly distributed as a print publication. Starting in September, the Bar Journal will be published three times a year as a predominantly online publication. It will be posted in a format that will be designed to easily print-out the entire issue, or individual articles. Added features will encourage readers to comment and interact on the topic and with the authors.
The Bar Journal has had a long and award-winning tradition, having attracted many luminaries in the state’s legal community as authors. Bar Journal articles are cited frequently in court opinions in New Hampshire and elsewhere. However, increasingly it has become clear that many readers of the Bar Journal consult the articles on the web site when they need them, rather than reading the issue when it comes out. Advertising has fallen off. Five years ago, a Member Communications Task Force recommended that the Bar Journal consider the possibilities of an online edition. During this year, the Bar Journal Editorial Board, led by Chair Michael Delucia, has made recommendations for the online edition that will preserve essential qualities of the Bar Journal, with an eye to keeping it visible and vital as a forum for communication about legal issues in New Hampshire. The new format is a work-in-progress, and you will hear more about it over this summer.
Mindful of the Bar Journal’s significance as the only journal devoted to New Hampshire jurisprudence, the Bar Association is consulting with librarians in the state to take steps to protect the citability of the Journal in its online form.
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