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Wyoming Lawyer Author Guidelines

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Editorial Purpose
Article Preparation
Author Credits
Multiple Authors
Warranty and Representation
Multiple Submissions
Editing of Title and Text
Return of Articles
Payment for Articles/Complimentary Copies
Acceptance Policy
Author’s Agreement
CLE Credit

top Editorial Purpose
The Editorial Board for the Wyoming Lawyer strives to present material that is interesting and informative to members of the Wyoming State Bar. Authors should provide practical information that will be of interest to a broad range of Wyoming Lawyers. The majority of articles published in the Wyoming Lawyer are substantive, focusing on recent changes in the law, cases and rulings about which members of the Bar need to be informed. Articles on ethical considerations and law practice management are also encouraged.

Short pieces expressing an author’s opinion on a subject of interest to lawyers may be published as a letter to the editor. The Editorial Board also seeks Point/Counterpoint articles by two or more authors on opposite sides of important law-related issues.

Any changes in editorial policy will be made at the discretion of the Editorial Board of the Wyoming Lawyer.

top Article Preparation
Articles should be typed, single-spaced, using 12-point Times and full justification, on 8 _” x 11” paper with 1-inch margins. An electronic copy in WordPerfect or Microsoft Word is also required. Word count should be 1,000 – 1,200 words – approximately 2 - 3 pages.

Articles should be submitted to Sharon Wilkinson, P.O. Box 109, Cheyenne, WY 82003.

top Style
Articles should be written in a straightforward and clear manner and aim to present practical information. The style should be as non-technical as possible and “legalese” should be avoided. Humor is welcome where appropriate and examples that illustrate a point are usually helpful. Articles should be written for the lawyer who is looking for usable information. Charts, graphs, tables, photos, or any other supplemental information is acceptable; however, the Editor has discretion whether or not it will be included.

The scope of an article should be narrow with a clear focus. For example, an article on real estate practice management is too broad in scope, while an article on the use of computers in preparing residential sales contracts is well focused. Introductions that advise the reader of the importance and relevance of articles are encouraged. Short paragraphs and sentences are preferred. It is suggested that short subheads be used to break the copy in longer articles.

Articles should be written in the third person, except when the author is relating a personal experience.

top Author Credits
Wyoming Lawyer authors will receive bylines at the beginning of articles and credit lines at the end. The credit line will include the author’s name; title; firm, company or school; city; and state if outside Wyoming. No biographical sketches will be included.

top Multiple Authors
When more than one person has written an article, please designate who should be contacted about editorial changes.

top Disclosure
It is important that each author disclose any relationship he or she may have with the firm, company or person producing any product or providing any service referred to in the article. The author must make full disclosure even when the relevance seems remote. Full disclosure will allow the Editorial Board to judge objectivity, to determine whether a real or apparent conflict of interest exists, and to determine whether disclosure should be made in publishing an article.

top Copyright
It is the policy of the Wyoming Lawyer that on all submissions of original articles the author assign his/her copyright in the work to the Wyoming State Bar. The Wyoming State Bar may reprint, or authorize other entities to reprint the material as deemed appropriate. The Wyoming State Bar has the right to authorize the reproduction, adaptation, public distribution and public display of the article in electronic media, computerized retrieval systems and similar forms; such authorization includes use of the article anywhere in the world by means of public display, conversion to machine readable form and reproduction and distribution of copies.

The Wyoming State Bar is not required to secure the consent of the author before exercising the above named rights. In addition, the Bar has no duty or responsibility to negotiate, collect or distribute any royalties in connection therewith.

top Warranty and Representation
By submitting an article to the Wyoming Lawyer, the author warrants and represents that he or she has included no material in the article in violation of any rights of any other person or entity and that he or she has disclosed to the Wyoming Lawyer all relationships with any person or entity producing any product or providing any service referred to in the article.

top Multiple Submissions
If an article is submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere before acceptance by the Wyoming Lawyer, the author agrees to notify Sharon Wilkinson immediately.

top Editing of Title and Text
The Wyoming Lawyer reserves the right to change the title of any article accepted for publication and to edit the text of the article. Whenever possible, copies of edited articles will be sent to authors for comment. Articles may be sent for review to persons who are not members of the Editorial Board but who are considered experts on the subject matter of the article.

top Return of Articles
The Wyoming Lawyer does not return articles. The author should keep the original or an electronic copy and send a clean, clear photocopy or printout.

top Payment for Articles/Complimentary Copies
The Wyoming Lawyer does not usually pay for articles. Each author will be sent five complimentary copies of the issue in which the author’s article appears.

top Acceptance Policy
No single member of the Editorial Board or the Bar staff has the authority to commit to the publication of any article, even when the article has been specifically solicited by a member of the Board. All publication decisions will be made by the Editorial Board acting as a group. Articles will be scheduled for publication at the discretion of the Editor in consultation with the Board. If publication is particularly relevant to a certain date or time frame, the author should inform the editors of this relevance.

top Author’s Agreement
By permitting the publication of an article in the Wyoming Lawyer, the author agrees to all the terms, provisions and policies stated in this document.

top CLE Credit
Authors may receive CLE credit for writing an article that is at least 1,000 words. To apply for credit, Click here (PDF 113K).