The Committee is looking for authors to write sections of its annual Survey of the Law of Cyberspace. The Survey appears each year in THE BUSINESS LAWYER, a print publication of the ABA Business Law Section. You can take a look at last year’s Survey issue here (ABA member sign-in required).
Contributing to the Survey is a great way to participate in the work of the Committee and to showcase your expertise. THE BUSINESS LAWYER is the premier business law journal in the country, circulating to the more than some 42,000 members of the Business Law Section. Even if you do not attend in-person meetings of the Committee, you can still volunteer to write.
The Survey format involves short articles—typically 2,500 to 5,000 words—covering developments in case law, legislation, and administrative rulings. Authors must be attorneys. Student authorship is not allowed, though credit may be given for students who assist you. Contributions must be in law review format, with citations conforming to Bluebook style. Deadlines for submission will begin in mid-June, though some will be later in the summer.
Both new and returning authors are welcome. Feel free to propose a topic that was not included in last year’s Survey, but be aware that there must be enough new developments of interest during the relevant time period (June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019) to justify inclusion of a topic.
A few other points to keep in mind:
- A comment on pending legislation is rarely a suitable topic, though pending legislation may be addressed in the course of a broader discussion.
- The primary audience is U.S.-based lawyers. Surveys of foreign legal developments should address the impact on U.S. lawyers.
- A Survey article is neither an opinion/advocacy piece, nor a simple case summary. It should discuss key authorities, extract critical points, and contextualize them for readers.
- Topics must have relevance for business lawyers and/or the practice of business law.
If you are interested in writing, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have already expressed your interest and received a response from me, there is no need to contact me again.
I very much hope you will consider writing for the Survey.