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Submission Information, Deadlines, and Themes

 The Bencher is the flagship publication of the American Inns of Court.  Circulated to all members, it is published six times a year. The purpose of The Bencher is to provide a regular communication link among the national office, local Inns, and members of the American Inns of Court.

Each issue features articles about developments in legal ethics and professionalism, the activities of local American Inns of Court, profiles of prominent Inn members, and information about local Inn programs.

Contributions are welcome. Articles or news items for publication in The Bencher must be submitted to the editor and will be reviewed for suitability. If a submission is chosen for publication, it may be edited for content or to fit in the space available. Electronic photograph submissions are encouraged, but please e-mail high-resolution electronic versions (jpg or tif) that are at least 2 x 3 inches and 300 dpi.  Original prints are also accepted.

Upcoming themes and deadlines for The Bencher are as follows:

July/August 2012
Deadline: April 1, 2012
Theme: The Importance of a Fair and Impartial Judiciary in Preserving Rights
Our founding fathers recognized the importance of our third judicial branch of government-to protect the rights of those who may not be in political power at the moment. Share your views on what role lawyers and groups like the American Inns of Court should play in fostering a fair and impartial judiciary.

September/October 2012
Deadline: June 1, 2012
Theme: The Good, the Bad, and the Gray Areas-Lessons in Ethics from the Movies and Television
This issue looks to films and legal shows for examples of what lawyers should do and should avoid, and considers issues close to the line, which might stir debate.

November/December 2012
Deadline: August 1, 2012
Theme: Enjoying The Law
This issue addresses managing stress and expectations-from the first year law student to the senior partner. Work-life balance is an important part of a healthy and happy career-share your thoughts and advice on how to achieve this sometimes elusive state.

January/February 2013
Deadline: October 1, 2012
Theme: Ethics and Professionalism in the Modern Media Age
New innovations present new questions and challenges. These include how lawyers and other participants in the legal system deal with Facebook, Twitter, and social networking. Greater availability of information with fewer controls can impact pretrial publicity, advertising, and other issues in the legal profession.

March/April 2013 
Deadline: December 1, 2012
Theme: Instilling Civility & Professionalism Through Mentoring-From Law School to Retirement
Law schools, bar organizations, and firms increasingly recognize the positive impact a meaningful mentor program can have. This issue seeks to examine successful programs at all levels, including American Inn of Court Programs. Mentee success stories are welcome.

Please submit content to Rita Zimmerman, Editor, 1229 King St., 2nd Fl., Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 684-3590, ext. 103 or via email to