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."

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