Wednesday, July 29, 2009

October 15, 2009; Gender Fairness; publication and public recognition


Student papers, articles or essays on the topic of Gender Fairness are invited by the Gender Fairness Implementation Committee of the Minnesota Supreme Court. The papers should fall into one of the following four categories: Domestic Violence, Family Law, Civil and Criminal Law, and Court Room Environment. The judges will select one paper from each topic to be honored at an October 27, 2009 conference to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Report of the Minnesota Supreme Court Task Force for Gender Fairness in the Courts. In addition, each of the following publications will publish the winning paper from a topic in one of their spring 2010 issues: Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy (Domestic Violence), St. Thomas Law Review (Civil and Criminal Law), William Mitchell Law Review (Courtroom Environment), Journal of Law & Inequality (Family Law). Deadline for submission: October 15, 2009.

For additional details, Google "Gender Fairness Implementation Committee," or paste this url into your browser:


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Thursday, July 23, 2009

UMKC $500; October 23, 2009; “One-L Revisited” Law Stories Contest

(hat tip: D'lorah Huges, Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas School of Law Legal Clinic)

UMKC Law Review “One-L Revisited” Law Stories Contest

Introduction by Scott Turow

With stories by:

Ian Ayres
Pamela Bridgewater
Alafair Burke
Stephen Carter
Andrew McClurg
Marc Poirier
Deborah Post
Lisa Pruitt
Saira Rao
Jeffrey Rosen
Cameron Stracher
Robert R.M. Verchick
Adrien Wing

The UMKC Law Review devotes part of one issue each year to a collection of “Law Stories” – short tales about various aspects of the legal world. For the next edition, the theme will be One-L Revisited. An introduction by Scott Turow, author of the classic account of the One-L experience, will lead off this collection of true stories about being a new law student.

We invite current law students and recent graduates (2006 or later) to submit stories. Winning submission(s) will be published in the Spring 2010 issue of the UMKC Law Review, and the first place winner will receive a $500 prize.

· Non-fiction stories about the first year experience

· 1,000 - 5,000 words, including footnotes

· Footnotes are discouraged—we are looking for stories, not conventional law review articles or notes

· Open to current law student s and recently graduated law students (2006 or after)

· Send to with “Law Stories Submission” in subject line

· MS Word or PDF formats only

· Submission deadline October 23, 2009


Image: wikipedia, Kansas City montage

Monday, July 20, 2009

August 12, 2009; 250-500 words - Civil rights and Economic Development

From the web site of: St. John's Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development.

On Friday March 5, 2010, the St. John’s Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development (formerly the Journal of Legal Commentary) will host a symposium on the recent economic downturn and its effect on New York City at St. John’s University in Queens, New York.

The symposium will consist of academics who have conducted research in all areas related to this downturn as well as community leaders and organizers who have dealt first hand with the individuals affected. The goal of this symposium will be to expose the pitfalls that lead to the recession and to determine an approach to avoid a similar situation in the future. Further, through discussion and debate, this symposium will connect all classes and ethnicities in an effort to work together to build a stronger city for the future.

Call for Papers
We invite you to participate in this symposium by sending a short 250-500 word essay by August 12, 2009 on your research and your desired involvement in this discussion. After review, panelists will be invited to speak and potentially asked to submit a paper for publication in the Journal.

Please download the attached call for papers for a more in-depth explanation of the symposium and the paper submission process.

Contact Information
Adam Dressler
Research & Symposium Director
St. John’s Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Family Court Review, Invitation to Potential Authors

I like the expansive descriptions of possible scholarly works that appear on the Family Court Review's website. It's a journal at Hofstra University School of Law, and its web site is a good place to consider several different writing formats: Family Court Review.

A sampling, from the several discussions of scholarly vehicles, is reprinted below:

Invitation to Potential Authors

Family Court Review (FCR) invites articles concerned with all aspects of family law, family courts, and the resolution of family disputes. Articles are welcomed on topics such as divorce and separation, child custody, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, adoption, termination of parental rights, juvenile delinquency, status offenses, unified family courts, problem solving family courts, any other aspect of family court organization, professional ethics and standards of practice of lawyers, judges, mental health professionals, lawyers for parents and children and mediators involved in family dispute resolution, therapeutic justice, domestic violence amongst family members, gender issues in family law, court-affiliated family education programs, conciliation, mediation, alternative dispute resolution, expert evaluation, arbitration, juvenile dependency, guardianships, probate conservatorships, elder abuse, and collaborative law, as are articles about strengthening and preservation of family life. International perspectives on these topics are strongly encouraged. FCR is an interdisciplinary journal and invites contributions from the fields of law, court administration, mental health, medicine, the behavioral and social sciences, dispute resolution, education, public policy, and other disciplines concerned with the welfare of children and families.

Family Court Review

Image: St. George's Church; Hempstead, New York (from wikipedia article)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

October 1, 2009; $1,000; Immigration/Violence Against Women

Submit an Essay for the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia and American University Washington College of Law Writing Competition. Details: here (.doc file)

From the web site of The Modern American at American University Washington College of Law:

The Modern American is the Washington College of Law’s student-run publication dedicated to diversity and the law. Our mission is to provide a forum for a frank, yet healthy discussion of the legal system's treatment of racial, sexual, ethnic, and other underrepresented people. We present articles dedicated to the cutting-edge analysis of the current social and legal remedies for issues facing these minority communities. Our goal is to feature a broad spectrum of stimulating articles by students, legal scholars, and practitioners from all over the country.

Our mission stems from the fact that today, we live in a time where the lines that separate issues of race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender are rapidly moving loser together. As an increasingly diverse nation, we cannot limit the discussion of legal issues and civil rights to simple sound bites such as “blacks vs. whites,” “liberal vs. conservative,” or “women vs. men.” We, at The Modern American, want to initiate a full discussion encompassing all the complexity within the minority community, gender relations, and sexuality by publishing articles that provide a unique perspective in analyzing diversity and the law. However, our philosophy is to present a balanced perspective on critical issues, including both liberal and conservative views. We are a diverse population and it would be a travesty to present only one voice.

The Modern American is not limited to just legal issues, however. We include other relevant information in our issues to educate the interested reader. For example, we examine upcoming legislation, provide reviews of recent books or movies relevant to the minority community, and create spotlights on interesting people who are heading legal and social change in the United States. Currently, we are available on the LexisNexis and databases. With each issue, our publication reaches over 100 countries around the globe, and our readership is expanding on a continual basis.


Hat tip to the University of Idaho Writing Competition site.


Image, Wikipedia, world immigration rates.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology

The following is taken from the website of Northwestern University School of Law's Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology

The Editors of the Journal welcome unsolicited manuscripts. The Journal prefers that manuscripts be submitted via Expresso if at all possible:

Manuscripts may also be submitted via mail at the address listed below. Please submit one CD containing the manuscript and one printed copy of the manuscript. We regret that manuscripts cannot be returned.

Address manuscripts and submission-related correspondence to:
Coordinating Articles Editor
Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology
357 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

The Journal uses Microsoft Word for all word-processing. Manuscripts must be submitted as Microsoft Word files. Documents created in WordPerfect (or any other non-Microsoft Word application) will not be reviewed. Manuscript submissions should be formatted in twelve-point Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins on all sides. Footnotes should be single-spaced and numbered serially.

Criminal Law Manuscripts

Articles should ideally be of 15,000-25,000 words in length. While in extraordinary circumstances we will accept longer Articles, manuscripts of longer than 30,000 words in length are unlikely to be accepted for publication.

More information at: Submissions, and sample titles at Back Issues.


Image of Northwestern University campus from:

Friday, July 10, 2009

Oil & Gas Law; September 30, 2009; up to £1000; CEPMLP - Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy

Call for entries to Steve Weston Prize

CEPMLP is calling for entries to the Steve Weston Prize, an annual essay competition on oil and gas law administered by Energy, Petroleum, Mineral and Natural Resources Law and Policy Education Trust.

The competition honours the memory of Steve Weston, a leading practitioner of oil and gas law, particularly in the developing regions.

Open to all, the Steve Weston Prize is awarded to the author or authors of an outstanding essay on a preselected topic. Worth up to £1000, the Prize is funded by BP, Shell, Herbert Smith, CMS Cameron McKenna, Linklaters and Wragges.

The topic for 2009 is "Does the current legal regime governing the Arctic provide an adequate
basis for investment by oil and gas companies or an appropriate framework for oil and gas exploration in this sensitive region?"

All entries should be 3000 words in length and submitted electronically to no later than 30 September 2009.

Full details on the Steve Weston Prize can be found at


Image: Wikipedia Arctic Region

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law

The following information is from the website of the Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law:

The Journal of Public Law welcomes submissions from students and professionals. All articles should follow the formatting requirements given below. Both hard copy and electronic submissions using Microsoft Word are acceptable (though electronic submissions are preferred) and should be sent to the addresses noted below. When submitting electronically, please include "Submission" in the email subject line. Submissions should be accompanied by a paper or electronic copy of the author’s resume or C.V.

Submissions are promptly reviewed by the Journal of Public Law Submissions Committee, with a decision regarding publication within two to four weeks of receipt. If you need an expedited review, please send your article electronically and include the words "Submission: expedited review" in the subject line. In the body of your email message, you should also indicate the deadline by which you need a response as well as the Journal from which you have an offer.



The following items may be found in the Volume 23, No. 1 issue of the Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law.


The Search for Moral Neutrality in Same-Sex Marriage Decisions, by Adam J. MacLeod


Ensuring that Only Adults "Go Wild" on the Web: The Internet and Section 2257's Age-verification and Record-keeping Requirements, by M. Eric Christensen

How the Signing Statement Thought it Killed the Veto; How the Veto May Have Killed the Signing Statement, by Jeremy M. Seeley

Image: Brigham Young University, from Provo, Utah entry in Wikipedia.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Stanford Technology Law Review (STLR)

From the web site of The Stanford Technology Law Review (STLR):

Submitting to STLR
Articles, Book Reviews, and Working Papers

The Stanford Technology Law Review (STLR) publishes Articles, Notes, and Perspectives which address critical issues at the intersection of law, science, and technology. STLR accepts submissions by students, scholars, practitioners, and advocates.

In exchange for STLR's best efforts to retain the author's style throughout the editing process, authors should submit complete, fully-cited works. Submissions are carefully reviewed through a blind process by members trained in the relevant areas of law, science, and technology. STLR considers requests for expedited review on a case-by-case basis.
Policies and Procedures

STLR accepts three types of submissions:

* Articles: Articles are academic writings which discuss and analyze an original legal issue or problem. STLR considers Article submissions of all lengths, but gives preference to Article submissions of fewer than 30,000 words.
* Notes: Notes are academic writings by students or recent students which discuss and analyze an original legal issue or problem. As with Articles, preference is given to Note submissions of fewer than 30,000 words.
* Perspectives: Perspectives are academic writings that are centered around an analysis or critique of a recent case, piece of legislation, law journal article, or law-related book. Perspectives are significantly shorter than Articles and Notes.

Please clearly designate whether the submission should be considered as a Feature Article, a Book Review, a Working Paper, a Note, or a Perspectives piece.

STLR accepts all submissions electronically via email or Expresso. Email submissions should be sent to one of the following addresses based on the type of submission:

Submissions must be accompanied by the author's name, address, telephone number, and email address. The author should also include a resume, a letter of introduction, and a short abstract (not more than 250 words). Please format citations in accord with the latest edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.

For more information, please contact


Image: wikipedia, travel technology -- the wheel; 4000 B.C., Cart wheel on display at The National Museum of Iran, at Tehran.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

State University of New York, Buffalo Human Rights Law Review

From the featured journal website:

The Buffalo Human Rights Law Review welcomes unsolicited manuscripts. The BHRLR annually publishes articles, book reviews, comments, and notes relevant to the contemporary protection of human rights. We particularly value submissions that offer interdisciplinary legal analyses of human rights issues. Articles accepted for publication will identify a compelling thesis, support that thesis with thorough argument and evidence, and offer constructive analysis and research that advances understanding of human rights law.

Submission Guidelines

The Buffalo Human Rights Law Review focuses on any issues concerning human rights, including topics that apply an interdisciplinary approach. The Editorial Board welcomes interested authors to submit their original manuscripts either to our email address at, the Buffalo Human Rights Law Reviews Expresso account at or to:

621 John Lord O'Brian Hall
University at Buffalo Law School
Buffalo, NY 14260

Submissions should conform to Bluebook citation conventions, using consecutively-numbered footnotes rather than endnotes. Please use standard typeface and character size and double-space the body of your text. Manuscripts cannot be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope.

Please accompany your submissions with the following:

  • Cover Letter (separate from the e-mail)
  • Article (in MS Word format)
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume

Also, for electronic submissions, please include the title of your submission and the authors name in the subject line of the submission email:

  • "Article Submission: [Author name]" for articles;
  • "Essay Submission: [Author name]" for essays; or
  • "Book Review Submission: [Author name]" for book review.


The BHRLR makes publication decisions on a rolling basis. Please expect email confirmation when your article is received, and email notification of final publication decisions when decisions are reached. Most publication decisions are reached within two months of receipt.


Image: Magna Carta, from Wikipedia which also includes this discussion:

Many documents form Magna Carta

The document commonly known as Magna Carta today is not the 1215 charter, but a later charter of 1225, and is usually shown in the form of the Charter of 1297 when it was confirmed by Edward I. At the time of the 1215 charter, many of the provisions were not meant to make long-term changes but simply to right some immediate wrongs; therefore, the Charter was reissued three times in the reign of Henry III (1216, 1217 and 1225). After this, each king for the next two hundred years (until Henry V in 1416) personally confirmed the 1225 charter in his own charter. It should not be thought of as one document but rather a variety of documents coming together to form one Magna Carta, in the same way as the treaties of Rome and Nice (among others) come together to form the treaties of the European Union and the European Community.

The document was unsigned

Popular perception is that King John and the barons signed Magna Carta. There were no signatures on the original document, however, only a single seal placed by the king. The words of the charter--Data per manum nostram--signify that the document was personally given by the king's hand. By placing his seal on the document, the King and the barons followed common law that a seal was sufficient to authenticate a deed, though it had to be done in front of witnesses. John's seal was the only one, and he did not sign it. The barons neither signed nor attached their seals to it.[FN]


The document is also honoured in America, where it is an antecedent of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights. The United States has contributed the Runnymede Memorial and Lincoln Cathedral offers a Magna Carta Week.[FN] The UK lent one of the four remaining copies of Magna Carta to the U.S. for its bicentennial celebrations and donated a gold copy which is displayed in the U.S. National Archives Building in Washington, D.C.[FN]

Sunday, July 5, 2009

American Journal of Jurisprudence (Notre Dame)

Unsolicited manuscripts are accepted by the American Journal of Jurisprudence (Natural Law Institute).

From its web site:

American Journal of Jurisprudence (Natural Law Institute)

AJJ cover The Natural Law Institute, a function of the Notre Dame Law School, was established in 1947. In 1956, the Institute founded the Natural Law Forum, the only journal of its kind in the English language. The name of the journal was changed in 1970 to the American Journal of Jurisprudence.

The Journal published articles and review essays critically examining the moral foundations of law and legal systems and exploring current and historical issues in ethics, jurisprudence, and legal (including constitutional) theory. Unsolicited manuscripts are welcome. Further information about submissions is provided in the Notice to Contributors.

The American Journal of Jurisprudence is a publication of the Natural Law Institute at the Notre Dame Law School. Unsolicited manuscripts are welcome. Articles submitted to the Journal will be refereed before acceptance. The Journal publishes articles and review essays critically examining the moral foundations of law and legal systems and exploring current and historical issues in ethics, jurisprudence, and legal (including constitutional) theory.

for more information:

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

NYU Journal of Law & Liberty

The following notice is taken from the web site of New York University's Journal of Law & Liberty.

The NYU Journal of Law & Liberty accepts unsolicited manuscripts from both professionals and law students. The Journal prefers electronic submissions in Word format, emailed to:

Hard-copy submissions can be sent by mail to: NYU Journal of Law & Liberty
Journal Submissions
NYU School of Law
110 West Third Street - Basement
New York, NY 10012


Image: NYU's Bobst Library, from wikipedia