Bench & Bar is an official publication of the Minnesota
State Bar Association (MSBA). It is published 11 times a year.
Bench & Bar is distributed to 16,000 subscribers,
most of whom are members of the Association resident within Minnesota.
Its content is designed to appeal to the Association's diverse
membership, with some emphasis on practical aids to lawyers in
Types of Articles Sought
Bench & Bar seeks to publish original articles
that advance the education, competence, ethical practice, and
public responsibility of Minnesota lawyers and that promote a
sense of community among members of the legal profession. Its
focus is on current developments and trends in the law and on
ideas that are of professional interest to lawyers. Articles
should emphasize practical issues of broad, current interest
rather than theoretical or esoteric material.
Authors wishing to query interest in a subject before preparing a manuscript
should submit a 150-word abstract or outline of the proposed article for
review and comment by Bench &
Bar. A final decision to publish will not be made until after
the completed manuscript is received.
As you write, keep your audience in mind. The typical reader
of Bench & Bar is a lawyer whose age is 38, who is
in private practice in a law firm of 5 to 10 lawyers in Minnesota.
Most readers are general practitioners; many others are in nontraditional
Bench & Bar is a magazine that examines ideas and
issues involving lawyers and developments in the law. Its focus
is to analyze and interpret, rather than simply to report or
to suggest what should be. Please avoid the style of law reviews,
CLE materials, or legal briefs. An informal, journalistic style
It is suggested that articles open with an interesting, "catchy"
lead, followed by a "thesis paragraph" that tersely
states the gist of the article. The exposition of the topic should
then follow with a summary as the conclusion. Don't overwrite.
If it only takes 8 pages to cover your subject, don't write a
Articles should be no longer than 3,500 words (about 19,000
characters or 12 typewritten pages, double-spaced in 12 point
type), unless a shorter length is specified. If an article exceeds
the specified length, it will be shortened to conform to available
Develop a working title for your article to keep it focused.
The working title may be accepted as is or altered by the editors
as they deem appropriate.
All articles are subject to editing by Bench & Bar.
Articles will be edited to conform to the magazine's editorial
style, which generally follows the Associated Press Stylebook.
The editors will insert subheads, captions, and readouts as needed.
In submitting an article to Bench & Bar, authors
thereby grant to the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) the
exclusive right of first publication of the article worldwide
as part of Bench & Bar and the nonexclusive
worldwide right to publish the article and to license or syndicate
use of the article in any medium or form of electronic communication
now existing or hereafter developed, to others. This paragraph
shall apply unless other arrangements are made in writing.
Notes and Citations
Citations to cases and other references should be in the
form prescribed by A Uniform System of Citations. Endnotes
should be few in number and limited to citing specific authorities;
"string" citations and discursive notes are discouraged.
The author is responsible for ensuring the completeness and accuracy
of all references and citations.
Photo and Biodata
At the end of the article include a 2-3 sentence biographical
statement setting forth your name, your occupation and city,
and other affiliations or perspectives that may merit disclosure
regarding your authorship of this article. This statement may
be shortened. Submit with your manuscript a recent black and
white portrait photograph of yourself suitable for publication
with your article.
Manuscripts should be typewritten in a standard (not all
italic or all capitals) typewritten face on letter-sized (8 1/2
x 11) paper. Allow two spaces between sentences (double-space)
and one-inch margins. A copy produced on a letter-quality printer
or a good photocopy of such an original is acceptable. A cover
letter should accompany the manuscript, indicating your name,
address, and telephone number. Include a self-addressed stamped
envelope if you want your manuscript returned. Manuscripts submitted
in this form will be reviewed by the editor. Outside readers
may be asked to review and comment on unattributed copies of
an article before acceptance. Manuscripts that have previously
been published or that are simultaneously under review by other
publications will generally not be considered for publication.
Manuscripts generally should be submitted at least two months
in advance of the desired publication date. Decisions as to the
placement of an article and when to publish will be made by the
Bench & Bar will obtain appropriate artwork or
photographs, if any, to illustrate articles accepted for publication.