Ethnically/Racially Linked Law Journal:

What is the oldest (whether existing or defunct) ethnically/racially linked law journal — which is to say a publication for articles that are at least partly of intellectual interest (as opposed to pure professional news value), and that is expressly tied to a particular ethnic/racial subgroup within the U.S.?

I think I have an answer, which I will post tomorrow, unless someone beats me to it. If you think you have an answer, please post it to the comments, and indicate the date that your candidate started publishing.

sjalterego (mail):
Are you counting Rabbinical study and interpretation as "Legal"
4.12.2007 5:58pm
sjalterego (mail):
Are you counting Rabbinical study and Talmudic interpretation as "Legal"?
4.12.2007 5:59pm
Eugene Volokh (www):
Jewish law would count as legal, but I would view that as a religiously themed journal (recognizing how gossamer the distinction can be, where Jewish matters are involved).
4.12.2007 6:01pm
Jake (Guest):
American Indian Law Review, first published in 1973?
4.12.2007 6:06pm
Eugene Volokh (www):
4.12.2007 6:11pm
Hein Online Reader:
Black L.J., now publishing as Nat'l Black L.J., 1971?
4.12.2007 6:25pm
I am not sure if you would consider law reviews at historically black universities to meet your criteria. For example, the Howard Law Journal has been around since 1955.
4.12.2007 6:40pm
Eugene Volokh (www):
Hein Online Reader: Mine's older.

Velvet: I wouldn't count the historically black university law journals, but in any case mine's older.
4.12.2007 6:46pm
Richard Riley (mail):
While I don't know the answer, and despite the misfire on "American Indian Law Review" above, I'm still betting it's an American Indian oriented journal.
4.12.2007 7:05pm
I think the tricky part is that the category includes defunct law journals. We mostly know of law journals still operating today; most of us have no idea about journals that existed for a period and then closed up shop. Interesting question, though.
4.12.2007 7:15pm
I'm assuming that journals tied to "immigrants/immigration generally" don't count in this list of law journals. Correct?
4.12.2007 7:33pm
Justin (mail):
Not that I'm going to get this either way, but I assume that "Chinese Law Journal" or "South African Law Journal" doesn't count when the journal is about the law of a foreign country, rather than the law as applied to a particular ethnicity within the United States.

Also, do foreign ethnic journals (i.e., a South African journal about Black Africans) count?
4.12.2007 7:35pm
Gregory Conen (mail):
Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties, started 1902? More of a collection of relevant (primary) documents than a law journal, but it's the only thing I know of older than 1951.
4.12.2007 8:11pm
Eugene Volokh (www):
Justin: Indeed, journals about the law of a certain foreign country don't count. I didn't have foreign ethnic journals in mind, either, though I'll gladly give them honorable mention.

Gregory Conen: Collections of relevant primary documents also don't count.
4.12.2007 8:27pm
Gregory Conen (mail):
Polamerican Law Review, started 1938.
4.12.2007 8:50pm
Eugene Volokh (www):
Gregory Conen: I think you're right. Interesting tidbit -- unless I'm mistaken, some stuff happened in Poland around 1939, stuff that you'd think people of Polish extraction would have been rather troubled by. Yet oddly enough, my skim through the relevant issues revealed no substantial commentary on this subject.
4.12.2007 8:56pm
arthur (mail):
Well, the early Harvard Law Review and its various predecessors were all "racially linked" in the sense that they were by, for, and about white people only.
4.12.2007 9:57pm
Interesting tidbit -- unless I'm mistaken, some stuff happened in Poland around 1939, stuff that you'd think people of Polish extraction would have been rather troubled by. Yet oddly enough, my skim through the relevant issues revealed no substantial commentary on this subject.

What you're suggesting is that a law review could be irrelevant to the real world, and instead focused on things that are only of interest to academics and the obsessively-compulsive pedantic. I refuse to believe such a thing.
4.12.2007 10:39pm
Al Brophy (mail):
I look forward to seeing the Polamerican L. Rev.--never heard of it before. A key starting point in modern race journals is (I think) the "Race Relations Law Reporter" (started around 1956)--though it's largely a collection of cases, as I recall.

WEB DuBois' The Crisis (started around 1910) published important articles on law (as well as news items on recent cases), though it was not primarily a law journal. Of course, if literary magazines that publish serious works on law count, then I'd think about the Southern Review (published by Hugh S. Legare begining in the late 1820s). As to more traditional law reviews, didn't the American Law Register (started around 1852) publish some on slavery in the 1850s? But those are all likely outside your definition of a review tied to a particular ethnic/racial group.
4.12.2007 11:10pm
Gregory Conen (mail):
Al Brophy: All the sources I've seen for the Polamerican Law Review fall between 1938 and 1941, so I'm guessing it didn't last much longer than that. Which is why few people have heard of it.

So, Eugene, I hunted down old journals based on this post. How did the Polamerican Law Review come to your attention?
4.13.2007 12:14am
Eugene Volokh (www):
Accidentally ran across it on HeinOnline.
4.13.2007 12:34am
Dave N (mail):
Out of curiosity, which law school sponsored the Polamerican Law Review?
4.13.2007 1:51am
I'd be curious to know the titles of some representative articles.
4.13.2007 11:49am
Ejote (mail):
It was published by the National Association of the Polish American Bar, rather than by a law school, but most of the articles look like they'd be of general interest. Well, at least as "general interest" as your typical law review article.
4.13.2007 12:05pm
If the subject matter was not somehow of special interest to the Polish American community, then I wonder why they would put out a "law journal," if indeed that is what it was. Was it that those with Polish surnames had difficulty publishing in other law journals? Of what professional value would it have been to publish in this journal, other than perhaps to make oneself know to others in the National Association of the Polish American Bar?
4.13.2007 2:09pm
Eugene Volokh (www):
I should note that the articles were a mix of general interest articles with Polish-focused ones.
4.13.2007 2:22pm
Houston Lawyer:
Was it cancelled because it was the butt of too many jokes?
4.13.2007 6:03pm
Ejote (mail):
Thanks for the clarification, Eugene. I meant only that, on a quick glance, it looked like a majority of the articles were of general interest. But there were a substantial number of Polish-focused articles.
4.14.2007 12:50am