Just make sure you get the chance to publish something, a note, a case review, something before you leave so you get a publication out of it. That will help more than just being staff for one year since you can't go for board.
yea definitely publish something! and if your law review doesn't want to publish it find another law schools' law review who does...
My law school had a 2 year commitment for law review AND I couldn't do it after my first year b/c i was an evening student and didn't have enough credits to do the write on... So then when I could do the write on after my second year.. i chose not to b/c i knew that I was going to leave for my third year to visit another law school for my final year near the city i want to practice. So i decided to do a supervised research paper and then when I finished my article I sent it to law reviews all over the county.. there are websites that make it easy to send to law reviews throughout the country... within one week, i was offered publication for my article... so I get all the advantages and more of law review without all the stress of it.
publishing something something worthwhile... to the OP.. don't worry about it... it doesn't matter as long as you can put the law review on your resume... i think it is great you were even able to get on after you weren't able to get on after your first year... Great job!