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Avery Moore: Taking the Law Review Into the Future

10/30/2018  - 

When Avery Moore, L'19, was beginning law school, he did not expect that he would be selected to serve as the 2018-19 Editor-in-Chief of the Capital University Law Review, one of the law school’s most prestigious student organizations. When he started his legal education in 2016 after graduating from Capital University with a major in music technology, he was not sure how well his academic training would translate into law school success.

“My undergraduate degree was great for my magic and wedding D.J. businesses,” said Avery, who started a professional magic act in 2008 and a D.J. business in 2012, “but I did not know how much it would help me while in law school,” said Avery. “Like many first-year students, I felt a bit out of place.”

But Avery channeled that uncertainty into productivity. When he was required to attend the law school’s Supplemental Writing Course taught by English Professor Kevin Griffith, he says that he was “incredibly grateful for the opportunity to improve my writing.”

His hard work clearly paid off. After he completed his first year of law school, Avery was invited to join the Law Review. His legal writing professor, Jacqueline Orlando, had encouraged students to aspire to become a member of the organization. Avery decided to heed her advice.

And it is a good thing for both Avery and the Capital Law Review that he did. During his second year, working closely with Professor Rick Wood, Avery’s comment on federal multinational tax law was judged to be one of the top student-written pieces and was selected for publication by the editors of Volume 46. He was also chosen, along with Managing Editor Tyler Hall, to lead the new editorial board that would publish Volume 47 of Capital’s Law Review.

Hardly content to rest on their laurels, Avery and the Volume 47 Board are now taking the Law Review somewhere it has never been: online. Previous Law Review boards have realized that the future of legal publishing lies in the ether. Online publication is a growing trend among legal journals nationally because it increases exposure and user accessibility, lowers publication costs, and provides significant environmental benefits by reducing the energy and materials associated with publishing and shipping a paper journal.

According to Avery, “We really want to try and accomplish something that would improve the Law Review for years to come, and fortunately we have an energetic team that is hard-working and innovative enough to do it.”

The Capital University Law Review’s new website can be found at https://www.capitallawreview.org/. Authors will still be provided with reprints of their articles, but given the realities of current online legal research and citation, it is clear that the Capital University Law Review is at the forefront of a movement that will be the wave of the future for legal journals.

And while it might seem that Avery has bitten off quite enough to do during his final year at Capital University Law School, he still manages to find time to follow his beloved Columbus Blue Jackets, run his wedding D.J. business, and invent magic tricks that he markets to other magicians. But if all goes according to plan, his best trick will be making thousands of paper law review issues vanish, only to reappear in cyberspace!