Currently, DigitalCommons houses 1,379 articles in Faculty Scholarship and 7,621 total items. Use is growing rapidly, with 443,290 downloads in just the past year.
“We have been working hard to highlight the scholarship of the law school community,” said Pamela Bluh, associate director for Technical Services and Administration and curator of the DigitalCommons. “It seems we have reached a tipping point where the volume of work contained in the repository is attracting more and more attention – as evident by almost half of our downloads coming in the last year.”
The most popular papers cover a wide variety of topics, including: “Saving Facebook,” by James Grimmelmann; “Defending Junk-Debt-Buyer Lawsuits,” by Peter Holland, “Judging the Judges - Daytime Television's Integrated Reality Court Bench,” by Taunya Banks; and “Cyber Civil Rights,” by Danielle Citron.
“The DigitalCommons is a fantastic resource for our students, faculty, and indeed anyone looking for legal scholarship,” said Dean Phoebe Haddon. “The growth and popularity of the repository is a testimony to the hard work of our staff and the scholarship of our community.”
In addition to scholarly articles and working papers by law school faculty, DigitalCommons also provides open access to the law school’s five student-edited academic journals, as well as to Maryland Carey Law, the school’s alumni magazine.
Conference proceedings, Congressional testimony, outstanding student articles, program and center newsletters, and a Book Gallery are also featured. Fully customizable Profile Pages enable faculty to describe their research and scholarship to reflect their unique specialties.
The DigitalCommons, a service of the Thurgood Marshall Law Library, is fully searchable based on author, subject, academic program or specific articles, and is updated daily. New papers include:
- Issue 2, from Volume 16 of the 2013 Journal of Healthcare Law and Policy
- Issue 1, from Volume 13 of the 2013 Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class including three articles based on presentations made at The Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) Biennial Teaching Conference: Teaching Social Justice, Expanding Access to Justice: The Role of Legal Education and the Legal Profession, October 5-6, 2012.
- Max Stearns, Grains of Sand or Butterfly Effect: Standing, the Legitimacy of Precedent, and Reflections on Hollingsworth and Windsor
- Donald Gifford and William Reynolds, The Supreme Court, CAFA, and Parens Patriae Actions: Will it be Principles or Biases?