Michael C. Smith 0000-00-00 00:00:00
As a Baylor Law graduate, nothing made me more proud than to see the Bears play in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio last month. Before that, I had the opportunity to get back to Waco in November and watch the Baylor football team beat Mizzou during Baylor’s homecoming game. The highlight of the weekend — aside from being able to watch the Bears’ most notable asset, Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, or RG3, in person — was an image that ran in the Waco newspaper that weekend. It was an artist’s conceptual drawing of a proposed new oncampus football stadium, which would sit on the banks of the Brazos River across from Baylor Law School. The last time the Baylor Bears played on campus was in 1936. Since 1950, the team has called Floyd Casey Stadium (then known as Baylor Stadium) home. But, the stadium is located about four miles from the campus. It would be nice for the Bears to play home games at, well, home, and of course it would be a nice piece of yard art for the law school. Baylor’s regents are seeking input from the public about what the stadium can be — seating capacity, pricing, and amenities. In the same way, we at the <i>Texas Bar Journal</i> are looking to the future. We recently updated our website to make it easier for members to find information relating not only to the <i>Texas Bar Journal</i>, but also to your State Bar membership as well. There is a digital edition available on the site, as well as a central spot for information on how to submit legal articles to the <i>Texas Bar Journal</i> Board of Editors (these guidelines are also included adjacent to this column), letters to the editor, professional announcements, and more. You can also access recent issues as well as the <i>Journal</i>’s searchable archive that goes back to the magazine’s origins in 1938. Like the Baylor regents looking for input on a possible new stadium, we too are looking for input. Take a look at the updated <i>Texas Bar Journal</i> site at <b>texasbar.com/tbj.</b> We would like to know what you think of our new online design. In the coming months, the <i>Texas Bar Journal</i> will examine topics that we’ve not covered in some time, including the state of the legal profession, juries and jury service, and globalization and its effect on the way we practice law. We’ll also showcase the work of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, whose members work hard every year to create projects to educate and assist both the public and the profession. We will also be featuring the work of the Supreme Court of Texas Court Records Preservation Task Force, which has spent the past two years examining the preservation of historic state district and county court records. As someone with a deep appreciation for history — both our state’s and our profession’s — I am excited that the <i>Bar Journal</i> will serve as a forum to share the Task Force’s important work on preserving our heritage. I would like to thank those Texas attorneys that are members of the <i>Texas Bar Journal</i> Board of Editors for their commitment to ensuring high editorial standards for the magazine. In this, my seventh year on the editorial board, I have come to thoroughly enjoy as well as appreciate the editorial board’s experience and insights. I also want to thank the <i>Bar Journal</i>’s staff, who work behind the scenes to ensure that the magazine meets the needs of the Texas legal community while keeping up with changes in technology. With iPads and other mobile technology quickly changing the way we all read and share news, the <i>Texas Bar Journal</i> editorial board and staff will continue to work to ensure that the <i>Bar Journal</i> remains timely and relevant to its readers. Our ideas may merely be ideas right now, but with your help, we can turn those into better ideas, and even better, into reality. Email us at <b>email@example.com.</b> <b>TEXAS BAR JOURNAL Guidelines for Legal Articles</b> The <i>Texas Bar Journal</i> is published monthly (except August) and is the only publication mailed to every member of the Texas Bar. Articles on varied subjects pertaining to Texas law and other laws significant to Texas practitioners are welcomed. Every article submission is reviewed by the <i>Bar Journal</i> Board of Editors, which is composed of attorneys, including representatives from the State Bar Board of Directors, all appointed by the State Bar President. The <i>Journal</i>’s staff acts as liaison between authors and the board. All communication concerning legal article submission, review, and publication should be directed to the <i>Journal</i> staff. <b>Submissions must conform to the following guidelines:</b> <b>Length:</b> Articles must be 3,000 words or less, excluding endnotes. <b>Endnotes:</b> Endnotes should be concise and at the end of the article. Citations are checked before publication. <b>Form:</b> Only completed articles will be considered (no abstracts, outlines, or ideas). Articles should be submitted by email in a word processing format or as a PDF to <b>firstname.lastname@example.org.</b> If sent by regular mail, articles must be typewritten on 8½” x 11” paper. <b>Content:</b> Articles should be on a topic of interest to a broad cross-section of the legal profession. Not acceptable are articles from authors regarding their pending litigation or current political or religious issues or personalities. Articles that advocate legislation or a legislative position are published when approved by the State Bar Legislative Committee and/or Board of Directors. <b><i>Bar Journal online:</b></i> Some articles may be accepted for the online version of the <i>Texas Bar Journal</i>. The <i>Journal</i> will include an overview or introduction to the article, the author’s photo and biography, and a link to the full article. Articles for the <i>Bar Journal</i> online may be more narrowly focused or longer than those approved for publication in the print version. <b>Previously published articles:</b> Exceptional articles printed in other forums will be considered. The author is responsible for providing the name and date of previous publication. <b>Compensation:</b> No compensation is offered for any legal article. <b>Biographical information:</b> Each author of an accepted legal article will be asked to supply a brief bio and photograph to appear in conjunction with the article. <b>Update:</b> Prior to the publication of an accepted article, the author is notified of the publication date and provided an opportunity to update the article as required, and in electronic format if previously sent by regular mail. Authors may include links to webpages or other online articles that may be included in a sidebar with their article. Publication dates are scheduled by the managing editor. <b>Publication time frame:</b> Due to the large number of legal articles submitted to the <i>Journal</i>, the Editorial Board generally takes 60 to 90 days to offer its judgment on each article. After an article has been approved, it is usually published in the <i>Journal</i> within six to nine months. <b><i>If an article is not published within a year after acceptance, the author should submit the article to another publication.</b></i> <b>Copyright:</b> The author of an article submitted to the <i>Journal</i> retains the individual copyright to the article; the State Bar owns a copyright to the collected work in which the material appears. Submission of an article grants the State Bar a non-exclusive license for the Bar’s benefit to reproduce, sell, and otherwise distribute all or portions of the article under the author’s name, individually or as part of collective and derivative works, through any media now known or that might be created. <b>Affirmative action plan:</b> In June 1990, the State Bar Board of Directors approved an affirmative action plan for legal articles. After an article has been reviewed and accepted by the Board of Editors, the author is notified and informed of the existence of the plan. Authors who are members of a minority group may request that their article be published in accordance with the plan. As defined by the State Bar Board of Directors, a minority is a member of a recognized minority group, including but not limited to African American, Hispanic, American Indian, and Asian American. Under the plan, a qualifying legal article will be published in the next available issue of the <i>Journal</i> provided the author has met necessary requirements including provisions of updates and biographical information. The plan is implemented only upon the choice of the author and only after the article has been accepted. Articles under consideration include no indication of the author’s ethnicity or possible participation in the affirmative action plan. <b>Contact:</b> All communications concerning legal articles and submissions of articles should be submitted to: <b>email@example.com</b> <i>Texas Bar Journal</i>, P.O. Box 12487 Austin, TX 78711-2487, fax: (512) 427-4107
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