The Forerunner to the National Reporter System West, John B. The Syllabi: Genesis of the National Reporter System. With a New preface by Michael H. Hoeflich, John H. & John M. Kane Professor of Law, University of Kansas School of Law and a New introduction by William E. Butler, John Edward Fowler Distinguished Professor of Law, Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law and Emeritus Professor of Comparative Law at University College London; Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Clark: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd., 2011. xiv, 208 pp. ISBN-13:9781616192334; ISBN-10: 161619233X. Hardcover. $49.95 * The Syllabi was a news-sheet published by John B. West to fill the need for quick publication of court reports. After six months of publication, it was replaced by the North-Western Reporter, and, within a decade, it evolved into the National Reporter System. With a new preface and introduction detailing its relevance, this book includes a facsimile of the first 26 issues. Includes the text of Vol. 1, No. 1 (Oct. 21, 1876) to Vol. 1, No. 26 (April 14, 1877), originally published: St. Paul, Minn.: J.B. West & Co. 1876-1877. "In 1876, John B. West, twenty-four years old, launched a new publication that would within a decade evolve into the National Reporter System. As a traveling salesman for an office supply company in St. Paul, young West visited many Minnesota attorneys. He learned that the official publishers of court reports were chronically slow. West was later to say that if the official state publishers had been properly doing their jobs there would have been no need for his reporters. His first publication, The Syllabi was an eight-page weekly news-sheet that contained "prompt and reliable intelligence as to the various questions adjudicated by the Minnesota Courts at a date long prior to the publication of the State Reports." Its immediate popularity among the bar soon forced it to outgrow its original format and coverage. In early 1877, only six months after it had begun, The Syllabi was replaced by the North-Western Reporter. The reporter, another weekly, was also a transitional publication. It contained the full text of all Minnesota Supreme Court decisions and Minnesota federal court decisions, as well as those from the Wisconsin Supreme Court i.
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