About

The Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, & Natural Resource Law website is an interactive blog providing legal scholars, practitioners, and students a worldwide forum to discuss compelling issues in equine, agriculture, and natural resources law. Responses to articles, notes, and comments published in the print copy of KJEANRL are strongly encouraged. Additionally, the website provides online access to previous print editions of the journal. 

Our Story

The Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, & Natural Resources Law is a multi-disciplinary journal of law, science, and policy published three times each academic year by the University of Kentucky College of Law. The Journal is edited entirely by students of the College of Law. A forum for articles by practitioners, academicians, policy-makers, and other professionals throughout the United States and abroad, the Journal welcomes original manuscripts focusing on the legal, policy, and ethical issues related to the environment, natural resources, land use, and energy. Shorter discussion pieces, descriptions of creative solutions to persistent problems, and commentary on policy and politics are also suitable for publication in the Journal. Each issue also includes notes written by Journal staff members. KJEANRL was named one of the Top 100 Law Journals of 2010 by Washington & Lee University School of Law.

On July 1, 1992, the Journal of Mineral Law & Policy (JMLP) became the Journal of Natural Resources & Environmental Law (JNREL). The name change reflected our desire to expand our base of authors, contributors, and subscribers. It also was intended to expand the Journal's scope of coverage to include all natural resources and environmental issues. We see mineral law as an important subset of these broader categories. Since 1992 environmental law has gained increasing coverage from numerous law schools which have created environmental law journals of their own. In an effort to increase our base of authors, contributors, and subscribers we decided to tailor our journal to legal fields which do not receive as much scholarship as others such as equine and agricultural law. During the spring of 2009, the Journal of Natural Resources & Environmental Law ( JNREL) became the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, & Natural Resources Law ( KJEANRL) to reflect our dedication to addressing legal issues in the fields of equine and agricultural law while also continuing to produce scholarship on natural resources law.

The Journal of Mineral Law & Policy was approved by an unanimous vote of the faculty of the University of Kentucky College of Law in January 1984. The Journal was created in recognition of the important role the mining and mineral industry has in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the long-standing need of legal practitioners specializing in mineral law for a periodical designed specifically to address legal issues involving mining and minerals. The establishment of the Journal was also a recognition of the need to provide law students with an opportunity to become familiar with and be trained in the many various aspects of mineral law.

The Journal of Mineral Law & Policy was a multi-disciplinary periodical published biannually that presented articles, surveys, notes, and comments pertaining to the mining and mineral industries. While the primary focus of JLMP were legal and policy issues concerning coal, oil and gas, oil shale, tar sands, and other energy-related mineral industries, the renamed Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, & Natural Resources Law (KJEANRL) focuses on the widest possible scope of coverage of natural resources, equine and agricultural issues. KJEANRL was formed to serve as a resource for practitioners, judges, administrative agencies, and officials dealing with natural resource, equine and agricultural legal and policy issues.

The Journal will continue to provide timely analytical examinations of the many issues surrounding natural resources, equine and agricultural law and policy. It is our intent that in so doing the Journal will have a healthy influence on public policy, the legal profession, and the public, private, and industrial interests involved and concerned. From time to time the Journal will identify policy areas of concern and solicit expressions of views from academicians and other professionals. It is our intent that these expressions of concern (i.e. policy articles) may be restricted by page or other limitations.

The Journal is published by the University of Kentucky Mineral Law Center and is edited by a student staff. Prior to July 1993 the Director of the Mineral Law Center served as Editor-In-Chief of the Journal, with students functioning as Managing Editor, Executive Editor, Articles Editor, Notes Editor, Comments Editor and Technical Editor. In July 1993 the Director of the Mineral Law Center accepted a position outside the University of Kentucky College of Law. The responsibilities of Editor-in-Chief were assumed by the member selected as Managing Editor for the 1993-1994 school year. The duties of the Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, and Executive Editor were reallocated so that all duties and responsibilities of these three former positions were (and still are) fulfilled by students in the positions of Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor.

During the 1994-1995 academic year the Journal discontinued its use of outside referees and the Journal's Advisory Board was dissolved. The Journal is now run entirely by students in the College of Law. Students manage all of the steps in the editorial process, from the selection of articles for publication to the preparation of electronic manuscripts for printing.