The Cumberland Law Review published its first issue in 1970. It is circulated in all fifty states and abroad. Subscribers include members of the practicing bar and government, academicians and law libraries. In addition, the Cumberland Law Review appears in electronic databases, including Westlaw and Lexis. As a testament to its quality, the Law Review has enjoyed citations by the Alabama Supreme Court, all twelve of the U.S. Court of Appeals’ Circuit Courts, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
The continuing objective of the Cumberland Law Review’s membership is to publish a professional periodical devoted to legal and law-related issues that can be of use to judges, practitioners, teachers, legislators, students and others interested in the law. We gravitate toward articles and conversations that have a resonance or implications specific to our state or region, but are by no means confined to such coverage.
One of its primary goals is accuracy in all respects—in propositions of law, points of grammar and usage, forms of citations and, especially well-reasoned analysis. To continue its contribution to the legal community, the Cumberland Law Review must include pieces that cover a broad range of legal topics; that are timely, universal, or both; and that provide helpful, analytical tools for dealing with legal problems. Most importantly, the pieces printed should be analytically creative. Rather than simply discussing legal developments, Cumberland Law Review pieces should criticize, challenge and attempt to influence the law.
Cumberland Law Review publishes two issues each year, with individual issues averaging between 250 and 300 pages. As may be seen from a quick look through any of its volumes, each issue consists of tributes, articles, essays, and comments. Occasionally, part or all of an entire issue is devoted to a single legal problem or to a series of related legal issues. In 2002–2003, for instance, Cumberland Law Review published a symposium on bioethics and the law, which was hosted by the Cumberland Law Review and Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. Additionally, in 2003, Cumberland Law Review published its first special edition, a compilation of position papers from the Alabama Constitutional Committee.