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The Colorado Lawyer

DESCRIPTION OF STAFF AND PURPOSE

The Colorado Lawyer(TCL or journal) is the official publication of the Colorado Bar Association (CBA). TCL is published monthly and is provided as a benefit of membership to the CBA. Subscriptions are available to nonlawyers; out-of-state residents who are not registered as active attorneys in Colorado; non-law-firm companies and agencies, including state and federal government agencies; and public and law firm libraries.

TCLis available to members on the CBA website, www.cobar.org/tclfrom 1997 to date. Members also can access TCL articles from November 1971 to date from the Casemaker library at www.cobar.org.

STAFF

TCL’s Editorial Department comprises four editorial staff members. Desktop publisher Gaynor Bloom (gbloom@cobar.org) handles the layout and formatting of the journal and coordinates production with the journal's printing company. Gaynor also processes, coordinates, and typesets lawyer announcements for each issue. Staff legal editor Tracy Rackauskas (tracyr@cobar.org) coordinates and edits the substantive law articles. Staff legal editor Susie Klein (sklein@cobar.org) edits department articles and court summaries, and writes Bar News and Calendar of Events, and “filler” items. Managing editor Leona Martínez (leonamartinez@cobar.org) supervises the editorial department and staff; coordinates and oversees monthly production schedules, including editing at all stages of production of each issue; and serves as initial liaison to TCL Board and CBA management and officers.

Display advertising is coordinated by CBA Marketing Department staff, under the direction of Heather Clark. Marketing specialist Alexa Drago (adrago@cobar.org) manages and processes the journal’s display advertising, including periodically creating and correcting ads to comply with the journal’s policies and standards. Ad sizes are 1/2 page, 1/3 page, 1/4 page, and 1/8 page, plus 4-color full- and half-page inside front and inside and outside back covers. TCL also accepts similar 4-color cover advertising for the Legislative Update, which prints in the August issue. Alexa Drago also fields questions and oversees and troubleshoots the CBA’s online classified advertising.

PURPOSE

TCLserves as an informational and educational resource to improve the practice of law. The journal’s content focuses on the practical and informational, rather than the philosophical or academic. Authors are members of the legal profession—attorneys, law professors, and judges (members and non-CBA members); however articles by nonlawyers are accepted for consideration on topics such as law practice management and technology as they relates to the law practice. TCL content also informs CBA members of Bar projects, events, and programs, and provides information of interest to attorneys supplied by the courts and law-related organizations. Summaries of published appellate opinions are printed in the journal. Published appellate opinions are available free to CBA members on announcement date on the CBA website at www.cobar.org/ors.cfm; through the Casemaker online law library at www.cobar.org; and through the CBA e-slips listserv subscription at www.cobar.org/listsignup.cfm. TCL is available to members on the CBA website, www.cobar.org/tcl since 1997. Members also can access TCL articles from November 1971 from the Casemaker library at www.cobar.org.

CONTENT

In and Around the Bar: Articles in this section generally are informational in nature and frequently cover topics specifically related to the CBA, including administration, legislation, and committees and sections programs and projects. The CBA President’s Message appears in this section, as well as write-ups about local bar association programs, projects, and services; articles on special rule change proposals or programs generated by the courts; CBA Formal Ethic Opinions; reports from CBA Sections and Committees and Minutes from CBA Board of Governors meetings; and annual reports from the CBA, Legal Aid Foundation, Colorado Trust Account Foundation Annual Report, and Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline.

Bar News and The SideBar: In and Around the Bar also includes “Bar News” and “The SideBar” sections. The information in these pages is provided by CBA committees and sections and local bars, as well as law-related organizations around the state. CBA members are encouraged to send information about events and honorifics for inclusion in Bar News—short items about CBA sections, committees, administration, and local and minority/specialty bar association events and projects, as well as bar-sponsored legislation. In-house contacts for Bar News are Susie Klein (sklein@cobar.org) and Leona Martínez (leonamartinez@cobar.org). The SideBar spotlights recent activities and special events around the Bar, and may present brief recountings that deal with lawyer activities outside the practice of law, as well as short profiles of individuals. In-house contact for The SideBar is Leona Martínez (leonamartinez@cobar.org).

Articles: These are substantive legal articles written for attorneys and focus on specific areas of law. Legal articles in the journal are in the following specialties: Alternative Dispute Resolution; Animal Law; Business Law; The Civil Litigator, Construction Law; Criminal Law; Elder Law; Evidence; Family Law; Government Law; Health Law; Immigration Law; Intellectual Property Law; Juvenile Law; Labor and Employment Law; Natural Resources and Environmental Law, including Natural Resources and Energy Law, Environmental Law, and Water Law; Professional Conduct and Legal Ethics; Real Estate Law; Tax Law; Tort and Insurance Law; Trust and Estate Law; and Workers’ Compensation Law. Other specialty areas of law not listed here are welcomed and given equal consideration. Articles generally are technical and detailed (but are not of a law review nature), and provide an overview of a practice area, introduce new law, or discuss issues of interest about existing law. These articles are reviewed by volunteer Coordinating Editors who specialize in the relevant areas of law. A list of Coordinating Editors of substantive legal articles is printed in each issue opposite the first legal article and available online at www.cobar.org/index.cfm/ID/20522.  In-house contacts for substantive legal articles are Tracy Rackauskas (tracyr@cobar.org) and Leona Martínez (leonamartinez@cobar.org). Writing guidelines for substantive law articles are available online at www.cobar.org/index.cfm/ID/20548.

Departments:  TCL Department articles generally have a practical orientation, providing helpful practice tips for members of the legal profession. They also may be updates, reports, and overviews of CBA, legal profession, and court-related programs and services. Department titles or categories may include: Access to Justice; CBA Family Violence Program; CBA/DBA Professionalism Coordinating Councils; From Our Readers (letters to the authors and editors); Judges' Corner; Law Practice Management; Legal Malpractice Prevention (Whoops); Legal Research Corner; Point/Counterpoint; Practice and Procedure; Reviews of Legal Resources (book reviews and review of law-related software); Law Office Technology, including Tech Tips; and Young Lawyers Division. Many department articles are published on a regular, rotating schedule. A list of Coordinating Editors is printed in each issue opposite the first Department article and available online at www.cobar.org/index.cfm/ID/20523. In-house contacts for Department articles is Leona Martínez (leonamartinez@cobar.org). Writing guidelines for substantive law articles are available online at www.cobar.org/index.cfm/ID/20548.

Columns:  TCL currently prints two columns on rotating bases. Columns are written by the same author on topics of the authors’ choosing. The two TCL columns are: Historical Perspectives, by Frank Gibbard Modern Legal Writing—Etymology, by Bill C. Berger. In-house contact for columns is Leona Martínez (leonamartinez@cobar.org).

Court-Related Material: The "Court Business" section includes information from the courts, such as notice of hearings regarding proposed rule changes, new and changed rules, orders, forms, standards, and regulations, as well as Chief Justice and Chief Judge Directives. TCL prints summaries of published state appellate court opinions, along with a list of opinions not selected for publication, petitions for rehearing, and petitions for certiorari. Other court-related material includes summaries of opinions of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, summaries and full-text opinions of the Supreme Court's Presiding Disciplinary Judge (regarding attorney discipline), and summaries of diversion agreements and private admonitions from the Office of Attorney Regulation. Full state court appellate opinions are not printed in the journal. Published opinions are available free to CBA members on announcement date on the CBA website at www.cobar.org/ors.cfm; through the Casemaker online law library at www.cobar.org; and through the CBA e-slips listserv subscription at www.cobar.org/listsignup.cfm. In-house contact for court-related matters is Leona Martínez (leonamartinez@cobar.org).

Calendar of Events and Notices of Interest: TCL includes Calendar of Events items and notices about events, programs, and general items of interest to members of the legal profession around the state. The latter are referred to as “filler” notices and appear throughout the journal where space is available. In-house contact for Calendar of Events and filler notices is Susie Klein (sklein@cobar.org).


ARTICLE PREPARATION GUIDELINES

For detailed contact and other information, go to the CBA website at www.cobar.org/tcl, then click on "How to Write for The Colorado Lawyer." Manuscripts may be e-mailed to: Leona Martínez (leonamartinez@cobar.org); Tracy Rackauskas (tracyr@cobar.org); and Susie Klein (sklein@cobar.org).

Articles: Legal articles may be e-mailed to the Coordinating Editors, listed on the title page of each article, or to Tracy Rackauskas (tracyr@cobar.org). (A complete list of coordinating editors is printed in each issue opposite the first legal article.) Articles must include contact information for all authors. Legal articles generally are between 4,500 and 6,000 words, including citations. Subheadings are encouraged. Citations should appear as endnotes and checked in advance of submission. (Each author is responsible for the accuracy of all citations; in-house editors do not cite-check references.) Volunteer attorneys who are considered experts in specific areas of law review the material for legal accuracy. TCL staff edits article content to conform to TCL policy, style and writing guidelines, format, and standards. Manuscripts are submitted with the understanding they will be edited. All authors see final drafts before publication.

Department Articles: Department articles may be e-mailed to the Coordinating Editors, listed on the title page of these articles. (A complete list of coordinating editors and their contact information is printed in each issue opposite the first department article.) Department articles generally should be between 3,000 and 4,000 words, unless arrangements have been made with the Coordinating Editor or TCL managing editor. Subheadings are encouraged and citations should be in the form of endnotes. Each author is responsible for the accuracy of all citations—the editorial staff does not check citations. Department articles are reviewed for legal accuracy by the Department's Coordinating Editors, who are either lawyers or experts in the relevant specialty. The editorial staff edits article content to conform to TCL policy, style, and journal standards. All authors see final drafts before publication. If an article is prepared by a CBA member and under the auspices of a Bar committee or section, approval of the copy by the committee or section should be obtained before submission. Questions can be directed to the Department's Coordinating Editor or to Leona Martínez (leonamartinez@cobar.org).


DEADLINES AND ARTICLE SUBMISSION POLICIES

Overall Policies: Manuscripts of articles submitted for publication are reviewed for accuracy by coordinating editors or other specialists in the field of practice. Articles may be subject to approval by a member of TCL’s Board. All manuscripts are edited by TCL staff for consistency of style, grammar, organization, tone, and readability. No one should submit a manuscript unless he or she is willing to have it edited. Every effort is made to confer with the author on all major changes before publication. Authors are provided final drafts for their review before publication.

Articles: Legal articles should be on topics of substantive law, with a practical orientation. The main purpose is to inform and educate. It is assumed that the material submitted by an author is an original work and infringes on no copyright or any other right of another author. The Coordinating Editor in the appropriate area of law reviews a manuscript, determines its suitability for publication in TCL, and submits the manuscript for scheduling. Generally, the Coordinating Editor requests submission of articles at least ten weeks prior to publication; however, deadlines and actual scheduling vary. Topic ideas for articles should be discussed with a Coordinating Editor before writing. Unsolicited articles should be submitted to the Coordinating Editor in the pertinent area of law, along with author contact information and a statement that the article is submitted for review for that particular area of law. If time is of the essence, the Coordinating Editor should be apprised of that fact. After an article is reviewed and approved by the Coordinating Editor, a publication date is scheduled. The article is then sent to TCL staff editor Tracy Rackauskas (tracyr@cobar.org). Contact information for each Coordinating Editor appears on the article’s title page. A list of Coordinating Editors is printed in each issue on the opposite page from the first legal article and also can be found on the CBA website at www.cobar.org/tcl(click on “How to Write for The Colorado Lawyer”).

Department Articles: Department material on special projects, programs, or other nonsubstantive law topics must be approved and coordinated by the Department Coordinating Editor or the journal's managing editor, as appropriate. The deadline for department articles is typically six weeks prior to publication. A list of Coordinating Editors is printed in each issue on the opposite page from the first legal article.

Notices of Events, Meetings, and Member Awards: This type of material is accepted any time throughout the production schedule, although the latest date for publication in the next available issue is the first of the month prior to publication. In-house contact is Susie Klein (sklein@cobar.org). This material is published on a space-available basis and may be edited or rewritten to fit the space available. The editorial staff attempts to honor space and position requests.

Lawyers' Announcements: The Lawyers' Announcements section is reserved to announce the following: new members of a law firm or legal department; name changes of a law firm; formation, merger, or new affiliation of law practices; relocation of a law practice; change in job status or retirement of attorneys; and notices of professional appointments, honors, awards, or the death of a member of the profession. Lawyers’ announcements are paid announcements and are prepaid by check or credit card. Text or camera-ready copy and payment are due in the editorial office six weeks prior to publication. Photographs are accepted in the "Lawyers' Announcements" section in all sizes. Announcement text cannot be dictated by telephone and journal staff are not responsible for designing announcements beyond a pre-established standard layout. Submissions will be accepted by fax or e-mail when payment has been made. In-house contact for Lawyers’ Announcements is Gaynor Bloom (gbloom@cobar.org) or (303) 824-5360.

Display Advertising: Display Advertisements are coordinated by Alexa Drago (adrago@cobar.org), (303) 824-5313. Visit www.cobar.org/mediakit.cfm. Display ads must be camera-ready. Deadline for display ads is six weeks prior to publication. Advertisers must provide a high-resolution digital copy of the ad, plus a hard copy (printout) of the ad, along with a signed contract and initial payment. Alexa Drago also fields questions and troubleshoots the CBA’s online classified advertising.