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UM, ABA to co-publish journal that focuses on business law


The American Bar Association has entered into an agreement with the University of Maryland School of Law to co-publish the Business Lawyer, a 47-year-old ABA journal with a circulation exceeding 60,000.

"It is by far the widest-circulating law review in the country," said Editor Richard M. Phillips, who is a partner with a Washington law firm. "What the Business Lawyer seeks from the law school is editorial assistance in editing the articles and in checking the accuracy of the various [legal] citations."

The school's involvement will go beyond that, said Mark Sargent, who teaches business law at Maryland's law school. The 40 students picked to work with the journal will also do

some writing, Mr. Sargent said.

"The Business Lawyer will publish our students' articles in the forms of notes and comments," he said. "There will be two or three of those in each issue. This is not going to be a faculty organ."

Mr. Sargent, who practiced securities law in Boston and was a professor at American University and the University of Baltimore before coming to UM two years ago, will serve as faculty adviser.

Law School Dean Michael Kelly said his downtown institution was contacted by the ABA regarding the journal, a development he said dovetailed with a heightened emphasis on business law at Maryland.

"It strengthens enormously the business law curriculum," Mr. Kelly said.

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