Letter From the Editor
As we publish the first issue of the Amherst College Law Review (ACLR), I would like to provide a short introduction to this publication. This journal is the product of countless hours of work from an extremely capable and dedicated team of students at Amherst College. Over several months, we solicited, considered, and edited submissions from our peer undergraduate students across the world. I would like to thank the team that has worked to make this first issue possible – this was truly a collaborative effort that benefited from everyone’s participation. I would like to also thank the incredible collection of authors who submitted their work for consideration – the strength of their work made it a very difficult task to choose what submissions would comprise the first issue. Finally, I would like to thank Amherst College and specifically the Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought (LJST) Department and Professor Adam Sitze for providing support, in several ways, to the development of this journal.
The ACLR has been built on the legacy of the Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Law Review – an Amherst College student publication that existed around ~2010-2012. Their vision for a Law Review that focused on undergraduate work and the relationship between law and other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences acted as a foundation for the ACLR.
The ACLR has two primary missions. The first is to foster undergraduate scholarship in the field of law as it relates to the liberal arts. We believe that undergraduates are capable of producing substantial, original work, and we aim to provide a space for such scholarship. Further, in accordance with the approach of the Amherst College LJST Department, the ACLR publishes work that considers the ways in which law intersects with the humanities. This means that our journal accepts and publishes submissions that engage with legal issues through the lens of philosophy, media studies, politics, and other disciplines. The second mission of the ACLR is to engage in a cross-cultural exploration of law. In soliciting from undergraduate students from across the world, we put into conversation understandings of law that are often disconnected by national and cultural boundaries.
Looking forward, I believe that the ACLR will provide a space for important conversations about the significance of undergraduate scholarship, the importance of cross-cultural and intersectional studies of law, and the ways in which we define contemporary legal and juridical issues. This publication of our first issue was an incredible experience, and I am confident that the foundations have been laid for a promising future.