The Cumberland Law Review published its first issue in 1970. It is circulated in all 50 states, as well as numerous foreign countries. 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.
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. Only in the legal profession do students have the responsibility for publishing a majority of the contributions to the professional literature.
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 three issues a year, with individual issues averaging between 150 and 200 pages. As may be seen from a quick look through any of its volumes, each issue consists of tributes, articles, essays, notes and comments. Generally, an issue includes at least one article, note and comment.
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.