Perspectives: For and About Women Lawyers is the quarterly magazine of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. One of the goals of Perspectives is to provide new and unique slants on the topics covered, perspectives that women lawyers will not find from other publications and resources. The magazine is distributed to approximately 2,500 readers. Perspectives has a diverse audience: Our readers (1) practice in various settings, including corporate, firm, academic, government, public service, judicial, and solo; (2) span a variety of demographic groups such as age, ethnicity, and economic status; and (3) specialize in a multitude of legal areas. This diversity should be reflected in articles, e.g., through examples given, speakers quoted, or photos solicited.
Style and Editing
Perspectives is not a law journal, so articles shouldn’t be written in an abstract, legalistic way. Authors should use citations only if they are really necessary; write in an active, rather than a passive, voice (e.g., "Congress passed the law" instead of "The law was passed by Congress"); avoid legal jargon; and use anecdotes and/or humor to make points, if appropriate. In general, Perspectives follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, and Webster’s 11th edition. Your article will be edited as needed for style, content, and length. Because of deadline pressures, our general policy is to not circulate edited manuscripts or page proofs to authors before publication.
Format and Copyright
Please submit your article in manuscript form and on disk or by e-mail. When an article is accepted for publication, authors are asked to sign and return a copyright release form, transferring copyright to the ABA.
Length and Content
There are several types of articles within each issue of Perspectives. The ABA Publishing editors will specify what type of article they want you to write. If you want to pitch an article idea, please contact the editors.
To submit an article, please contact:
Jane Harper-Alport, 312/988.6046, firstname.lastname@example.org