Article Submission to the Kane County Bar Association Bar Briefs Publication

The purpose of the Bar Briefs is to provide articles on substantive legal topics that are relevant to the members of the Kane County Bar Association. Articles that are current and of substantive interest in the legal field are beneficial to our members in their everyday practice.

 Bar Briefs Article Guidelines

  • Substantive articles should be 1,500 to 2,500 words, including endnotes.
  • “Lawyering 101 – The Basics” articles should be no more than 1,000 words, unless prior approval is obtained from the Editor-in-Chief. These articles are not required to be in traditional paragraph format, but may utilize bullet points, numbered paragraphs, etc. All Lawyering 101 topics must be approved by the Editor-in-Chief prior to submission, to ensure that duplicate articles are not submitted on the same topic. 
  • Citations must be utilized when referencing a case, statute, or other source.
  • Citations must be in endnotes – not within the text of the article, or in footnotes.
  • Citations must be in the Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation format and consistent with the Style Manual for the Supreme and Appellate Courts of Illinois.  http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/StyleManual/SupCrt_StyleManual.pdf
  • It is insufficient to state that all Article or Section references within an article come from a specific statute or source, as opposed to providing a citation in an endnote.
  • Articles must be submitted in Word Document format.
  • Articles are edited and returned to the author prior to printing.
  • The Editor-in-Chief makes the final decision on whether to publish an article, and when the article will be published.
  • Author’s names must be included with submitted articles in order to be considered for publication.
  • Authors are encouraged to include images such as photos, charts, graphs, forms, etc. with their articles, and must include the source of the image.
  • Authors must include a one to two sentence biography of themselves at the end of their article. If the author has a photograph on file with the KCBA, it will be used with the biography, unless the author informs the Editor-in-Chief otherwise.
  • Articles must be submitted in electronic format to: barbriefs@kanecountybar.org or to the Editor-in-Chief directly.

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