Message From the Editor-in-Chief

Vol. 15 No. 4

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As I embark on my third and last year as Editor-in-Chief of The Franchise Lawyer, I am excited with a number of new developments.

First and foremost, I am pleased that we are once again able to provide a hard copy of this publication to our members. I am still a paper guy and much more likely to read a hard copy of a publication that I can see on my desk and stick in my briefcase. The results of the Forum’s most-recent, once-every-five-year survey of its members, regarding Forum membership and its benefits conducted last year, suggest that there are a number of you out there that feel the same way, as the switch to a solely electronic version of The Franchise Lawyer was a common complaint we received relating to the publication. For those of you who are technologically savvy and have transitioned to an electronic world, we are not abandoning you. An electronic version of the publication also will be emailed to all members, except for those who have in place electronic communication restrictions that would prevent such distribution. Please contact the ABA Forum staff if you would like to review or revise the current restrictions you have selected, or follow the instructions outlined in the electronic communications “cheat-sheet” recently sent to all members and posted on the Forum’s website under “Resources.” In addition, at all times, electronic copies of past issues are available on the Forum’s website.

I also am excited with the addition of the new “Pointer & Pitfalls” section we added at the suggestion of Joe Fittante, the current Forum Chair. This section gives members a venue for sharing “Pointers” (tips or best practices) and “Pitfalls” (traps or missteps to be avoided) that they come across in their practices. So far, the response to his new section has been positive. While open to all, writing for this section presents an excellent involvement opportunity for our newer members.

Finally, I have been happy with the increased number of quality articles I have received. Thanks again to all of you who have recently written for The Franchise Lawyer or are in the process of doing so. It appears that our efforts over the past two years to encourage more members to participate have paid off. This is not to say, however, that we have enough articles in the hopper. On the contrary, we are always looking for new authors and topics. This is where you come in. Now more than ever, writing for The Franchise Lawyer is an easy way of becoming more involved with the Forum.

Based on the current quarterly release schedule, article submissions for The Franchise Lawyer need to be received by the 15th of November, February, May or August for consideration in the next issue. As a general rule, main articles should be 800 to 1,600 words in length and “Pointers & Pitfalls” articles should be 100 to 200 words in length, with minimal in-text citations and no footnotes. The current Author Guidelines provide additional information on article requirements and can be accessed on the Forum website. In keeping with a balanced approach and the spirit of the Forum, authors should strive to provide something of value to both franchisor and franchisee attorneys and avoid self-promotion.

I am fortunate to be assisted by three talented Associate Editors, Beata Krakus of Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale in Chicago, bk@greensfelder.com; Kevin Shelley of Kaufmann Gildin Robbins & Oppenheim in New York, kshelley@kaufmanngildin.com; and newcomer Himanshu Patel of Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito in Miami. In case you do not know them, I have included their photos. Himanshu replaces Associate Editor Kristy Zastrow of Dady & Gardner in Minneapolis, who finished her three-year term this past July. I want to thank Kristy for her hard work, humor and valuable contributions to the publication during her tenure.

Beata, Kevin, Himanshu and I will be in L.A. and encourage you to FIND US AT THE FORUM with your ideas for articles. We also may be able to pose topics that are of interest to you. If we do not connect at the Forum, please feel free to contact me max.schott@gpmlaw.com or any of the Associate Editors with your article ideas or other suggestions for the publication. As I have said before, The Franchise Lawyer is only as good as the articles we receive from Forum members like you.

I look forward to seeing you in L.A.

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