Deadlines & Themes for The Bencher

The Bencher magazine is the flagship publication of the American Inns of Court and published six times per year. Submissions are welcome and membership is not require to contribute an article. If you are interested in writing, please be sure to review our Editorial Policy and Submission Guidelines. Please contact our editor with any questions.

September/October 2023
Theme: Judicial Roundtable
Deadline: June 1, 2023
Judges have a unique perspective to view and evaluate attorneys, cases, and litigants from the bench. What have you learned about the practice of law since becoming a judge? What advice do you have for practitioners for improvement? What advice do you have for law students considering a judicial clerkship or internship? Do you witness the same common pitfalls from practitioners over and over again, and what can you offer to help them avoid these pitfalls? Share your judicial perspective and stories from your unique vantagepoint.

November/December 2023
Theme: Connecting to our Roots
Deadline: August 1, 2023
The American Inns of Court program drew its inspiration from the traditional Inns of Court in London, and American Inns can still benefit by looking to our English origins. Tell us about the creation of your Inn, highlighting any connections to an English Inn of Court. When was your Inn founded, by whom, and under what circumstances? How has your Inn evolved over time to become what it is today? Are there any traditions that your Inn adopted from our model Inns across the pond? Share a story connecting your Inn to our roots.   

January/February 2024
Theme: Advice for Young Attorneys  
Deadline: October 1, 2023
Mentorship can have a profound impact on the career of a young attorney. What is the best advice you ever received in your legal career? How did that advice shape your career and/or make you a better attorney? What advice do you wish you had when you were graduating law school? What advice have you given young attorneys that enabled them to overcome challenges and succeed in the practice of law? Please share your best advice for young attorneys.

March/April 2024
Theme: Women in the Law
Deadline: December 1, 2023
In honor of Women’s History Month, we welcome stories of female legal trailblazers from across the country. Tell us about a female president of your state bar association or a female federal judge in your district. What was her career like, and what impact did she have on your legal community? What challenges did she face and overcome? Interviews with current female legal trailblazers are also welcome. Share an inspiring story of a female trailblazer.

May/June 2024
Theme:  Ethics and Professionalism in Alternative Dispute Resolution
Deadline: February 1, 2024
Although alternative dispute resolution has distinctive advantages, it also has unique challenges. Have you ever had an ethical or professional conundrum during negotiation, mediation, or arbitration? How did you resolve it? What if the ethical issue is with the neutral himself or herself? What do you do? How do you train more inexperienced attorneys to deal with such issues? Share your best advice for dealing with ethical issues in alternative dispute resolution.

Article submissions should be e-mailed to Rita Zimmerman. We look forward to having you contribute to The Bencher.