History

The Modern American began in April 2004 with the collective financing of the diverse student organizations at WCL.  Since that time, TMA has become an independently financed publication, which receives Student Bar Association funding. TMA publishes 2-3 issues a year.

As we increase our presence, our goal is to continue expanding within and outside of the WCL community. We are currently available on LexisNexis, Westlaw, HeinOnline, Index to Legal Periodicals & Books, and The Digital Commons; we receive submissions from law faculty and students from almost every legal institution in the US and  other non-US institutions via ExpressO and LexOpus; and we maintain a robust subscription list, which includes law libraries, practitioners, scholars, college minority organizations, and individual activists. Additionally, in September 2010, TMA founded Modern America, a Law & Politics blog with regular, original commentary on news and happenings. One of our most significant accolades to date came during the summer of 2006 when we were awarded first runner-up for the Henry J. Ramsey, Jr. Diversity Award from the American Bar Association.

Today, TMA continues to trailblaze. After six thriving years the time had arrived for TMA to evaluate its achievements and its future. In 2010, the Executive Board took the opportunity to review and assess the last six years. The Strategic Plan Initiative occurred in three phases, in which participants examined the publication’s vision and governance, content, and presentation & visibility, from March to mid-May. The Strategic Plan was the final part and product of the Initiative. To learn more about the exciting changes administered by TMA, please read the Strategic Plan report here.

TMA is also very active in student life. This fall TMA co-hosted the Third Annual "Honoring Our Past, Celebrating our Future" dinner with the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia, and WCL's Special Events & Continuing Education Office; sponsored our annual cash prize writing contest on the theme of the future of women's bodily freedom in jurisprudence and policy-making; and co-sponsored Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Beyond the Log Cabin Republicans' Injunction and Defense and Authorization Act panel with the Labor & Employment Law Forum, Law & Government Program, and others. This spring we will host our Sixth Annual Spring Symposium, "Minority Majority: The Social and Legal Implications of a Post-White America," in March. More information, including registration, can be found at http://www.wcl.american.edu/secle/founders/2011/20110323a.cfm.  

Volume 6, Issue 1 Multimedia Feature: Reblaw 2010 Interviews

In February 2010, Yale University hosted the 16th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference, a student-run conference that brings together practitioners, law students, and community advocates from around the country to discuss innovative, progressive approaches to law and social change. Ashley Hinmon submitted a piece reviewing the conference of which our very own, Prof. Anthony Varona, participated on a panel. Also in attendance, Senior Marketing Editor Esther Cajuste, had an opportunity to interview other student attendees. Listen to the interviews here.