About the Iowa Law Review
Since its inception in 1915 as the Iowa Law Bulletin, the Iowa Law Review has served as a scholarly legal journal, noting and analyzing developments in the law and suggesting future paths for the law to follow. Since 1935, students have edited and have managed the Law Review, which is published at least five times annually. The Law Review ranks high among the top “high impact” legal periodicals in the country, and its subscribers include legal practitioners and law libraries throughout the world.
Alumni of the Iowa Law Review have gone on to become successful lawyers, federal and state judges, law professors, politicians, and business people. The Iowa Law Review Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes former members of the Iowa Law Review for outstanding personal and professional achievement.
For a history of the Iowa Law Review’s first one hundred years, see Willard Boyd & Randall P. Bezanson, Iowa Law Review Centennial: Its Mission, History, and Future, 100 Iowa L. Rev. 455 (2015).
Other articles discussing the history of the Law Review include:
- Todd Pettys, Iowa Law Review: A Century of Work Worth Doing, 100 Iowa L. Rev. 1917 (2015).
- Fred R. Shapiro, The Most-Cited Articles from the Iowa Law Review, 100 Iowa L. Rev. 1 (2014).
- Willard Boyd & Randall P. Bezanson, Ninety Years of the Iowa Law Review: The Personalities, Policies, and Events that Shaped an Enduring Tradition in Iowa Legal Education, 91 Iowa L. Rev. 1 (2005).
- Randall P. Bezanson, Reflections on the Iowa Law Review Past and Future, 75 Iowa L. Rev. 829 (1990).
- Willard L. Boyd, Judging the Iowa Law School, 75 Iowa L. Rev. 819 (1990).
- N. William Hines, The Iowa Law Review: A Tradition of Excellence, 75 Iowa L. Rev. 821 (1990).
- Richard A. Matasar, In Celebration of Seventy-Five Years of the Iowa Law Review, 75 Iowa L. Rev. 833 (1990).
- Mason Ladd, The Iowa Law Review: Maturity of Fifty Years, 50 Iowa L. Rev. 5 (1964).
- Frank R. Strong, The Iowa Law Review at Age Fifty, 50 Iowa L. Rev. 12 (1964).
The Law Review has earned a reputation for publishing superb intellectual property and technology-related notes and articles.
- Michael Risch, The Layered Patent System, 101 Iowa L. Rev. 1535 (2016).
- W. Nicholson Price II & Arti K. Rai, Manufacturing Barriers to Biologics Competition and Innovation, 101 Iowa L. Rev. 1023 (2016).
- Matthew Sag, IP Litigation in U.S. District Courts: 1994–2014, 101 Iowa L. Rev. 1065 (2016).
- James Grimmelmann, Copyright for Literate Robots, 101 Iowa L. Rev. 657 (2016).
- Robin Feldman & Mark A. Lemley, Do Patent Licensing Demands Mean Innovation?, 101 Iowa L. Rev. 137 (2015).
The Iowa Law Review is also committed to publishing scholarship that focuses on important issues facing the state of Iowa. Recent publications include:
- Allison A. Schmidt, Note, The Old Man and Rule 8.4(c): A Proposal for the Adoption of Maryland's Misappropriation Rule in Iowa, 101 Iowa L. Rev. 465 (2015).
- Timothy J. Farmer, Note, Don't Die in Iowa: Restoring Iowans' Right to Direct Final Disposition of Their Bodily Remains, 100 Iowa L. Rev. 1813 (2015).
- Lisa C. Castillo, Note, No Child Left Alone: Why Iowa Should Ban Juvenile Solitary Confinement, 100 Iowa L. Rev. 1259 (2015).
- Alexandra L. Pratt, Note, The Need for "Knowing": Why the Iowa Supreme Court Should Reject Schneckloth v. Bustamonte, 100 Iowa L. Rev. 1327 (2015).
- Elisabeth A. Archer, Note, Establishing Principled Interpretation Standards in Iowa's Cruel and Unusual Punishment Jurisprudence, 100 Iowa L. Rev. 323 (2015).