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.

November/December 2022
Theme: Working with Witnesses
Deadline: August 1, 2022
Many attorneys work with witnesses, whether they are fact or expert witnesses. What are the best practices and the ethical and professional issues involved when working with witnesses? What do you need to do or know before contacting a witness? What are the rules regarding compensating or reimbursing witnesses? Does the type of witness preparation in which an attorney may engage depend on the relationship with the witness? Please share with us your experience in working with witnesses.

January/February 2023
Theme: Bench-Bar Relations
Deadline: October 1, 2022
Positive relations between the bench and bar are valuable in the legal profession.  Good relationships between judges and attorneys support and improve the administration of justice, enhance service to the community, and increase professionalism within the legal system by exploring issues of emerging concern or interest that involve the local bench and bar.  What steps have been taken to bring judges and attorneys together in your community?  When the bench and bar work together, what positive outcomes can be achieved?   How does being an Inn member promote good bench-bar relations?

March/April 2023
Theme: Law School Education
Deadline: December 1, 2022
Inn of Court members who are legal educators and law students are facing many challenging issues. Tell us about the state of legal education. From learning and teaching remotely, taking the bar exam, obtaining practical experience and jobs, to dealing with student loans, what are the issues that affect law students and legal educators? What words of advice do you have for those who soon will be entering the profession?

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