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1. Los Angeles Lawyer does not accept previously published articles.
2. As a condition of publication, all authors must sign a Release Form (attached).


1. Length:
   a. Feature articles (CLEs): 3,000 to 5,000 words, including endnotes.
   b. Departments: 2,500 to 3,500 words, including endnotes.
2. All citations should be placed in sequentially numbered automated endnotes, not in the text. Quoted sources should be cited; pin cites are needed for quotations from cases.
3. Include a brief (one- or two-sentence) professional identification.


1. Articles should be in the form of a unified, flowing narrative, not an outline.
2. Subheads should be brief and used very sparingly. They are not a replacement for well-crafted transitions and are subject to deletion and editing.
3. Write in the third person and avoid the first ("I" and "we") and second person ("you").
4. LAL will edit out all references to "the author," "the author's firm," and "this article."
5. LAL will edit out self-promotion.
6. LAL departments and features should avoid advocacy.


1. The endnotes should not exceed 25 to 30 percent of the length of the article. Commentary in endnotes may be deleted or shortened.
2. LAL generally follows The Bluebook. Please cite to the official reports using the full case name. With out-of-state cases, citation of West is acceptable. Indicate the state in parentheses with the year.


The editors delete nearly all text formatting before editing, so it is not necessary to apply complex formatting. However, please use Word's automated endnotes, and please use one tab to mark the beginning of each paragraph. The editors ignore redlining and comment features.


1. Submit articles via e-mail as attachments to ehoward@lacba.org in Microsoft Word.
2. Please provide the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of all authors of the article submitted.


Articles published in Los Angeles Lawyer are copyrighted by the magazine.

(rev. 4/9/15)

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Dear Contributor:

The Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), through Los Angeles Lawyer (LAL), occasionally receives requests for reprints of its articles. Additionally, LAL has the opportunity to make its articles accessible to the legal community through, among other things, commercial online database service providers, as well as other electronic publication and distribution mechanisms. Accordingly, LACBA will make articles appearing in LAL available, with or without charge, on the Internet on its Web site, or through other computer online services or electronic media or other means.

In order that this be carried out with a minimum of administrative effort and delay, LAL requires, as a condition of publication, that authors who submit articles to LAL for publication in the magazine also grant to LACBA the right to reproduce and use the articles in electronic and other forms, including, but not limited to, computer online services, and through other electronic media and distribution mechanisms. LAL therefore requests from authors the following rights in perpetuity for any article submitted to LAL that is published in print form in its magazine: first publication rights; reprint/republication rights; and nonexclusive electronic and other publishing, reproduction, and distribution rights in all media. This will not affect the author's right to the full use of the article elsewhere after publication in LAL.


I grant first publication rights to LACBA for the article identified below that I am submitting for publication in LAL. I also grant permission to LACBA in perpetuity to republish and distribute in all media the article that I am submitting to LAL separate and apart from its publication in LAL magazine.

Further, I grant full and complete, yet nonexclusive, universal publishing rights in all media, including without limitation the right to publish electronically, as well as the right to reproduce and distribute on electronic and other media, whether individually or as a collection, to LACBA for the article I am submitting to LAL that is published in print form in LAL magazine.

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