One interesting development in legal scholarship over the last 10 years or so is the increasing importance and prominence of legal blogs as a source of academic commentary. And one measure (a minor one, to be sure, but an interesting one) of the success of legal blogs in affecting legal academic commentary and discussion is the growing frequency of their citations in traditional law reviews. I am surely not the first to make these observations, and doubtless other legal blogs have been cited in law reviews more times than has our relatively young Center for Law and Religion Forum, which is 3 years old. Still, here are the Forum’s citations in the law reviews over its life:
1. Andrew Koppelman, “Freedom of the Church” and the Authority of the State, 21 J. Contemp. Legal Issues 145 (2013).
- FN 95: “Steven D. Smith, How Important is Public Support for Religious Freedom?, Center for Law and Religion Forum, July 16, 2012, http://clrforum.org/2012/07/16/ how-important-is-public-support-for-religious-freedom-2-2/).”
2. Jed Glickstein, Should the Ministerial Exception Apply to Functions, Not Persons?, 122 Yale L.J. 1964 (2013).
3. Marie A. Failinger, Twenty-Five Years of Law and Religion Scholarship: Some Reflections, 30 Touro L. Rev. 9 (2014).
4. Elizabeth A. Clark, Liberalism in Decline: Legislative Trends Limiting Religious Freedom in Russia and Central Asia, 22 Transnat’l L. & Contemp. Probs. 297 (2013).
- FN 95: “Mark L. Movsesian, Copycats, Ctr. for L. & Religion Forum (Aug. 25, 2012),http://clrforum.org/2012/08/25/copycats (noting arrest of copycat protesters who interrupted service in cathedral in Cologne, Germany).”
5. Michael A. Helfand, Religion’s Footnote Four: Church Autonomy As Arbitration, 97 Minn. L. Rev. 1891 (2013).
- FN 134: “Michael Helfand, The New Footnote Four?, Center for L. & Religion (May 25, 2012), http://clrforum.org/2012/05/25/the-new-footnote-4/ (arguing that footnote four of Hosanna-Tabor undermines the jurisdictional approach to the religious clauses)”
6. Frederick Mark Gedicks & Rebecca G. Van Tassell, RFRA Exemptions from the Contraception Mandate: An Unconstitutional Accommodation of Religion, 49 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 343, 344 (2014).
7. Bruce Ledewitz, Experimenting with Religious Liberty: The Quasi-Constitutional Status of Religious Exemptions, 6 Elon L. Rev. 37 (2014).
8. Perry Dane, Natural Law, Equality and Same-Sex Marriage, 62 Buff. L. Rev. 291 (2014).