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The Affiliate newsletter is a publication of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division for the Division’s state and local affiliated young lawyer organizations. In addition to conveying information to bar leaders around the country as to events, meetings, subgrants, and other resources available through the Young Lawyers Division, The Affiliate seeks to inspire new projects through feature articles highlighting individual affiliate projects and persons involved in public service and membership support. The newsletter functions as a clearinghouse to share information about public service projects, to foster good bar management practices, and to encourage leadership.
Published articles discuss how young lawyer bar leaders can adapt or apply the topics addressed in these specific topic areas. Topics of broader interest or covering practice issues must be slanted to appeal to this young lawyer bar leader point of view.
Submit an article to be considered for publication?
Send article submissions to The Affiliate, ABA Publishing, 321 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610, 312-988-6083,
Obtain copies of a previously published issue?
For previously published issues, refer to the YLD web site, or contact the ABA Service Center at 800-285-2221.
Request permission to reprint an article that appeared in The Affiliate?
Contact the ABA Copyrights & Contracting, 321 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610, Phone: 312/988-6101, Fax: 312/988-6030, or via e-mail:
Affiliate Writer's Guidelines
The Affiliate is published six times a year by ABA Publishing for the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. It circulates nationally and internationally to over 1,000 state and local young lawyer leaders of the Division’s affiliated state and local young lawyer bar associations. It is not a law review, scholarly journal, or magazine, but a newsletter designed to deliver specific, practical information in an easy-to-read format that maintains a professional presentation. Affiliate articles are written in a clear, concise conversational tone, using common words and generally short sentences in short paragraphs. Subheads are encouraged. Authors should write in the active voice and include tips, lists, bullet points, examples, illustrative quotes, and other techniques to facilitate the readers’ grasp of the topic. For style matters, The Affiliate generally follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition. Most articles are less than 750 words, but articles of 1,000 words or longer are considered, if a topic warrants the coverage. The publication’s editorial style reflects the diversity of its readership—leaders of young lawyer bar associations across the country. Published articles reflect the gender, racial, and ethnic diversity of the newsletter’s audience.
General topic areas covered include:

• leadership
• public service
• membership support
• bar association management
• ethics/professional conduct
• diversity

• careers/jobs
• quality of life
• solo practitioners
• technology/Internet
• practice management


Please note, however, that the editors cannot guarantee inclusion of any article in a specific issue. Also, because of the newsletter’s tight schedule, authors do not review or edit their articles once the issue is in production.
The Affiliate reserves all rights of first publication; authors must sign a copyright release form on acceptance of their articles for publication. The Affiliate does not pay for published articles, each author receives 2 copies of the printed issue. Contact the managing editor for the availability of more copies.
Send questions or comments to the Managing Editor, the American Bar Association, ABA Publishing, 321 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60611; (312) 988-6083, or refer to the ABA Web Store at