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Managing Editor, NJL Magazine

New Jersey Lawyer Magazine Seeks Legal Commentaries

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, the bimonthly professional publication of the New Jersey State Bar Association dedicated to covering substantive areas of New Jersey law, is seeking submissions of legal commentaries for future publication. Articles accepted for publication should not exceed 1,500 words, and will be published under the newly created department title of Legal Commentary.

The first published piece in this category appears in the December issue of New Jersey Lawyer Magazine. The 1,500-word commentary was written by Harold J. Ruvoldt, who in 1966 wrote the article “The Right to Learn,” which resulted in the landmark public school education case of Robinson v. Cahill, in which he represented the plaintiffs. Ruvoldt recently was motivated to write about how things have and have not changed in public education when he realized that November 2006 would mark the 40th anniversary of the release of his groundbreaking article.

Presently the magazine publishes articles under such departmental titles as Legal Practice; Law Office Management, Case Note; Legal Marketing; and Off the Beaten Path. Off the Beaten Path articles address a subject that is unrelated to the specific theme of the given issue of the magazine.

“Each issue of our magazine focuses on a different area of the law, so that we can provide in-depth information in the field to attorneys who are experienced in that area of law and provide excellent guidance to novices in the specific field as well,” said Managing Editor Cheryl Baisden. “But we also want to provide useful articles for attorneys who have no interest in the specific topic being covered in a given issue. With this mission in mind, we always publish a considerable amout of material in each issue that is off the topic. This way all of our readers will find something of interest in each issue.”

In addition to the wide range of law-related departmental articles in each issue, the magazine also publishes several book reviews and photographs, drawings, short stories and poems submitted by readers in each edition.

“Our Legal Arts section provides our readers with the opportunity to express themselves creatively,” explained Baisden. “It’s a way for them to share their artistic side with their peers. Anyone is welcome to submit something for consideration in this section or any of our other departments.”

Proposals for legal commentaries or completed articles may be submitted to the managing editor at Questions regarding submissions in general may also be directed to Baisden.

Upcoming topics scheduled to be covered in New Jersey Lawyer Magazine include patients’ rights, military law, e-discovery and practice, disabilities law, surviving the brick wall (a series of motivating articles for attorneys), the right to privacy, and business torts. Article proposals in these focus areas are always welcome, but must be cleared with the staff ahead of time to avoid duplication of efforts.

A complete listing of the upcoming issues being addressed by New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, as well submission deadlines, is available on the New Jersey State Bar Association’s website, at by clicking on the gold box at the top of the page marked “New Jersey Lawyer Magazine” and then choosing “Editorial Calendar.”

The New Jersey State Bar Association, incorporated in 1899, is dedicated to the continuing education of lawyers and the public, to reforming and improving the legal system and to aiding in the administration of justice.