The MBA's monthly newspaper has three options for submitting
articles. You do not need to be a current member of the MBA to
submit an article, but priority is given to members.
- Section Review runs practice area-specific
articles from January through June, generally, with each section
designated a specific month. If you have a proposal or a finished
article, check with the appropriate section council
about its deadline and word limits, which can range from 500 to
2,500 words (with minimal citations).
- The For Your Practice section runs each month
on a variety of topics relevant to a specific practice area, or
several, including analysis of recent cases, recent or pending
legislation and advice. Articles are generally 500 to 750 words and
include few, if any, citations. Contact Kelsey Sadoff at
[e-mail ksadoff] with submissions, proposals and questions.
- The Viewpoint section runs opinion pieces of
500 to 750 words, depending on a particular month. Contact Kelsey
Sadoff at [e-mail ksadoff] with submissions, proposals and
MASSACHUSETTS LAW REVIEW
The longest continually published law review in the nation, the
Massachusetts Law Review is published quarterly by the MBA
and includes articles, case comments and book reviews of interest
to MBA members.
The editorial board comprises lawyers, judges and academics
representing a variety of legal disciplines and specialties. The
Law Review board is always looking for submissions from
members of the bar and invites proposals either in outline form or
Whether an article or case comment, we are looking for pieces
offering a deeper analysis of a legal issue, rather than a bare
Articles should discuss applicable case law,
statutes, rules or regulations. Articles may run anywhere from
5,000 to 15,000 words. We look for topics that are timely and
likely to be of interest to Massachusetts practitioners. In judging
submissions, we particularly value those that are insightful and
Case comments are confined to a discussion of a
recent civil or criminal case with relevant cites and a brief
description of related cases. The comments run 2,500 to 3,000
Book reviews discuss recent books of interest to
practitioners and run about 2,000 words.
All article submissions are subject to peer review and to a vote
by a majority of the editorial board members at the monthly
meeting. If accepted for publication, an editor is assigned and the
editing process begins. Authors may either submit proposals or full
articles to the editorial board by sending them to Kelsey Sadoff at
In evaluating submissions, the editorial board considers several
factors, including, but not limited to:
- Will the article be of interest to our membership?
- Is the topic relevant to Massachusetts practice?
- Is the topic timely?
- Does the author offer new insight?
- If the article attempts a balanced explanation of the law, does
it offer critical insight? That is, does it have depth or is it too
- If the article offers a specific point of view or argument,
does it educate the reader about all points of view, giving legal
and, if appropriate, historical or social context? If not, should
it reflect other points of view?
- Is the article well-written? Logical? Accurate?