The student-run Albany Government Law Review (AGLR) now ranks 33 out of 146 comparable journals in the country, according to Washington Lee School of Law's most recent analysis of journals covering public policy, politics and the law. The ranking system is based largely on the number times AGLR articles have been cited by other academic works and court cases.
Last year, the AGLR ranked 65, and its previous best ranking was 62 in 2009.
Katie Valder '13, the AGLR's editor-in-chief, attributes the new ranking to a combination of factors, including making decisions with an eye to the future needs of the legal community.
"When we sat down at our planning meetings, we made it a strong priority to consider what types of legal scholarship would help academics, practicing attorneys and others within the next five or 10 years," said Valder.
The AGLR organized its spring 2013 symposium to tackle human trafficking and sex slavery, a global issue affecting millions of people. The event, "Voiceless Cargo: Human Trafficking and Sex Slavery in the Modern Era," attracted participants from around the world, including Ms. Rashida Manjoo, United Nations Special Rapporteur for Violence Against Women, as well as significant media attention. The journal will publish papers from the symposium in its fall 2013 issue.
Valder noted that the AGLR's next symposium will focus on the increasing use of drones and associated legal implications, and that the editorial staff is currently working through submissions related to the War on Drugs.
"Our biggest focus this year was on becoming more forward thinking," said Valder. "We also wanted to facilitate broader conversations. Even when we look at global issues like human trafficking, we can look more closely and ultimately discover a significant impact on government and citizens at the national, state and even local levels."
The AGLR, launched six years ago, is staffed by 42 law students and one faculty advisor, who produce two issues each year and also maintain the Albany Government Law Review Fireplace Blog, an online outlet for brief, well-researched commentary on recent developments in government law and policy, with an emphasis on New York state government.