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The New Jersey Law Journalis proud to present a retrospective on our first 125 years of continuous publication. This compilation — of old news articles, editorials, case digests and other features — traces not only the newpaper’s development but, more importantly, the evolution of New Jersey law and constitutional reform since the late 19th century.
Editor’s Note Editor-in-Chief Ronald J. Fleury introduces this anniversary issue with a look back on how the history of the Law Journaland the New Jersey judiciary are intertwined. Publisher’s Note From its roots as a weekly supplement to the Somerset Gazettein 1877, Publisher Robert S. Steinbaum traces the history of the New Jersey Law Journalthrough its 125 years. FROM THE ARCHIVES The Inaugural Issue: January 1878 The publisher wasn’t convinced of the new journal’s viability or profitability. The Paper Finds Its Readership Filling a niche left unsaturated by newspapers of general circulation. The Courts of New Jersey Edward Q. Keasbey’s treatise on the old court system’s origin and jurisdiction. The 1890s Push for Court Reform The editors lunged into a no-holds-barred campaign for constitutional change. The Early 1900s: A Society in Flux The Law Journalchronicles America’s industrial growth and the road to war. The 1920s: Suffrage, Socialists and Prohibition Court reform inertia slows to a halt. The 1930s: New Deal and New Beginning At Depression’s bottom, the Law Journalchanges hands and becomes a weekly. The 1940s: Opening Salvos of the Constitutional Revolution The election of a reform-minded governor offers a chance to break the impasse. A New Constitution and Court System The Law Journaltakes a front seat in championing the proposed court system. Approaching the Modern Era The Winberrycase and the gradual move towards centralization of judicial power.

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