Nation's top law journal to be published at U of S, with Flannigan as editor
By Colleen MacPherson
The Canadian Bar Review, the most prestigious law journal in the country, has found a new home in the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Law.
Brent Cotter, dean of law, said the Canadian Bar Association’s selection of the U of S as the site, and Professor Rob Flannigan as the editor of the journal, “is great for the college and the larger University”. It gives a “place of significance” to the college and creates new links between academia and the wider legal community.
The Association’s decision comes after a competition over the summer to find a new home for the journal, which has been published at the University of New Brunswick for the past 10 years. Cotter said there were 10 submissions, including four from law colleges, that detailed how each would meet the requirements of physical space for a journal office, funding for editorial support and, most importantly, “a quality editor who has enough time to apply himself or herself to the journal”.
Cotter said Flannigan fit with bill, with a distinguished publication record and experience in producing scholarly materials. With plans already established for an expansion of the college, the dean was able to assure the Bar Association that a “wisely located, well equipped” journal office would be made available in the addition. He also, in the U of S submission, “encouraged them to look at the journal’s place nationally in the legal profession”.
Typically, colleges are awarded the journal for a five-year term with an option to renew for a second five-year term. Prior to its being located in New Brunswick, the Canadian Bar Review was published from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and the University of British Columbia.
Being located on the Prairies for the first time in its history does not mean the journal will be used to advance particular regional interests or perspectives, said the dean, “but when you are home to an editorial production, there tends to be an additional intellectual vibrancy”.
The cost to the U of S of producing the journal, which is published online three times per year, is estimated at $25,000-$30,000 annually, including release time for Flannigan. But, said the dean, that is a small price to pay for what is gained by the University.
“If I could get this kind of reputational profile for the college every month, I’d be spending it every month.”