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Find out what kind of news the Journal prints and what kind it doesn't?
The Journal is a general-interest news and business magazine about the law and the practice of it. Stories are reported and written in the same style as such magazines as Time or Business Week. Most stories in the Journal are "big picture" stories with broad reader interest. Because the Journal has a diverse readership--lawyers with various practice areas, judges, law professors and students, people in all areas of the civil and criminal justice systems, legislators, business people and nonlawyers--stories do not deal with narrow technical or specialty areas of the law. While stories may focus on specific cases or decisions, they usually are reported as part of a broader context. The Journal does not chronicle trials or decisions simply as events for the record. It also does not publish announcements such as career changes, office expansions or seminars.

Find out how many people read the ABA Journal?
The average of paid and unpaid subscriptions to the ABA Journal is 381,998, according to the December 1999 statement of the Audit Bureau of Circulation.

Get a copy of writer's guidelines?
Go to the "Writer's Guidelines" page on this site. To request a copy by telephone, call (312) 988-6018.

Submit an article to be considered for publication?
The Journal rarely publishes unsolicited articles. It operates strictly on speculation  and does not make assignments on the basis of query letters. Completed articles should be mailed to Managing Editor, ABA Journal, 750 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60611; faxed to (312) 988-6014; or e-mailed to releases@abanet.org.

Contact someone if I have a story idea the Journal might want a staff reporter to write?
E-mail any reporter, assistant managing editor or the managing editor. Go to the "How to Reach Us" page on this site for e-mail addresses. To send a press release, e-mail us at releases@abanet.org. Go to the "Sending Press Releases" page on this site for more information.

Have a commentary considered for publication as a Perspective in the Journal, and what kinds of commentaries does the Journal publish?
Perspective explains how personal experiences have changed lawyers' viewpoints and taught them important lessons. The lessons learned may be about law practice, about lawyers' personal lives, or about the balance between the two.

A manuscript should be about 750 words in length. 

You can send a Perspective submission to Steven Keeva, assistant managing editor, by mail to 750 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60611; fax to (312) 988-6014; or e-mail to skeeva@staff.abanet.org.

Go to the "Writer's Guidelines" page on this site for more detailed Perspective guidelines.

Send a letter to the editor and what kind of guidelines are there for writing one?
You may do it by mail to Letters, ABA Journal, 750 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60611; by fax to (312) 988-6014; or by e-mail to abajournal@abanet.org. Letters must concern articles published in the Journal. They may be edited for clarity or space.

Look up a story that appeared in the Journal?
The Journal is available on both Lexis-Nexis (in ABA/ABAJNL) and Westlaw (ABA). An annual index to the Journal may be purchased from Braxton Indexing, 10 Via Ricasol, Suite B401, Irvine, CA 92612; (949) 533-4583; www.ppnet.com/braxton/. Cost is $10 for hard copy; $25 for the software version, plus $15 for each annual update.

Get a copy of a previously published article?
The easiest way to do this is to look for it on Lexis-Nexis (in ABA/ABAJNL) or Westlaw (ABA). The Journal does not have a research staff that can do extensive research to locate articles. However, simple requests from ABA members often can be accommodated on a time-available basis.

Request permission to reprint an article that appeared in the Journal?
Requests must be in writing and include the name of the person or organization making the request, the purpose for which the reprint will be used and whether the reprint will be used for a non-profit or commercial purpose. Requests may be sent to ABA Journal Reprint Permissions at 750 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60611; faxed to (312) 988-6014; or e-mailed to abajournal@abanet.org

Get extra copies of the Journal?
The Journal has a limited number of recent issues available at the cover price of $7.00. To place an order, write to ABA Orders, P.O. Box 10892, Chicago, IL 6061-0892; call the ABA Service Center at 1-800-285-2221; or send an e-mail to abasvcctr@abanet.org.

Receive an editorial calendar?
Call (312) 988-6018. The calendar will be posted on this site soon.

Request a media kit?
Call (312) 988-6018. Portions of the kit will be posted on this site soon.