Rather I propose an editorial policy that puts in footnote number one the relevant affiliations of the author. If the article is paid for, I would not necessarily require the disclosure of the amount of the fee; the fact that there was a fee would be sufficient. If there were no fee but a client's interest was reflected in the article, I would want disclosure of that client's identity. If the author was a freelancer in a particular field, I would want a general statement that his professional interest lay in the direction of certain types of litigation. That kind of editorial policy would put the law reviews on a high, respected plane, and would give them new prestige and vigor and restore them to what Chief Justice Hughes once called the "'fourth estate" of the law.
William O. Douglas,
Law Reviews and Full Disclosure,
Wash. L. & Rev.
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