Washington Lawyer

Author Guidelines

Washington Lawyer publishes a wide range of feature articles on topics of general interest to lawyers and members of the legal profession. With a circulation of more than 95,000, Washington Lawyer is received by members of the District of Columbia Bar, law libraries, professional associations, and interested persons. Articles on issues of relevance to the practice of law in the District of Columbia are encouraged.

Authors interested in submitting an article for publication to Washington Lawyer should send a proposal letter to the managing editor. The proposal letter should include a brief description of the article, and explain why the article is of interest to the magazine’s readership. Author credentials should be included in the proposal letter. Up to three writing samples of previously published material can also be submitted.

The editorial staff will consider completed manuscripts upon submission, but authors are encouraged to begin with a proposal letter to ensure consistency with the magazine’s editorial requirements.

Feature articles normally run between 3,500 and 5,000 words. Manuscripts should be submitted in electronic word processing format (preferably Microsoft Word).

All feature articles are edited to conform with the D.C. Bar Style Guide, which is based on The Chicago Manual of Style. Endnotes should conform to Bluebook style. All submissions are subject to peer review and substantive editing as needed.

Authors interested in writing opinion pieces are encouraged to submit to the “Taking the Stand” section of the magazine, which provides a forum for D.C. Bar members to address issues of interest and importance. “Taking the Stand” pieces should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words.

Washington Lawyer does not generally republish previously published articles or excerpts from previously published material. Proposals submitted by third parties will not be accepted.

All correspondence should be addressed to Tim Wells, Managing Editor, District of Columbia Bar, 1101 K Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005-4210; e-mail twells@dcbar.org.