The reader will find in what follows in this symposium on the Washington Constitution a splendid sampling of where we have been and where we may be going with the "new federalism." The articles evidence a genuine and scholarly regard for the state constitution as a legal document worthy of independent textual, historical, and doctrinal analysis. In certain ways the University of Puget Sound Law Review symposium itself represents something of a turning point in the history of academic commentary on the "new federalism."
Ronald K.L. Collins, Foreword: Reliance on State Constitutions—Beyond the "New Federalism", 8 SEATTLE U. L. REV. (1985).