Bencher Deadlines & Themes

March/April 2019
Theme: Litigation and Effective Advocacy
Deadline: December 1, 2018
Representing parties, no matter what the forum, is an art. How do you as an advocate provide proper representation to your client while acting ethically, civilly, and professionally? What have you seen or experienced that has impressed you or has struck you as being effective? How can newer lawyers hone trial skills or gain experience at either the trial or appellate level?

May/June 2019

Theme: Professionalism and Civility
Deadline: February 1, 2019
Professionalism and civility are cornerstones of the legal profession. What do they mean to you and why are they important? Share examples of professionalism and civility that you have experienced. How can we teach and instill professionalism and civility within the legal profession and beyond?

July/August 2019

Theme: Alternatives to Traditional Practice
Deadline: April 1, 2019
Law students often plan to work at law firms upon graduation, but find their practice takes them on a different path. Have you used your legal training in a non-traditional way? Has your practice taken unexpected twists and turns that led to a more fulfilling career than you anticipated? Has a hobby or interest developed into your full-time job? Write about your experience and share insights that may be helpful to law students and members of the profession who are still charting their careers.

September/October 2019

Theme: Disasters and Emergency Preparedness
Deadline: June 1, 2019
Has your legal practice been affected by a natural disaster or catastrophic emergency? How did you weather the storm? What lessons did you learn and what steps can be taken to protect your practice from the unexpected? What are the ethical implications and what advice would you give others to be prepared in the future?  How can lawyers help other lawyers in a disaster situation and how can the courts assist?  What examples of professionalism in these situations can you share with us?

November/December 2019

Theme: Communication in the Age of Social Media
Deadline: August 1, 2019
Social media offers new opportunities to market and communicate. Social Media may also raise ethical concerns as well as issues regarding professionalism and civility for judges and lawyers. What has been your experience with social media (positive or negative) and how have you avoided any potential pitfalls associated with its use? This issue of The Bencher explores the use of social media and the issues that may arise from its use.

January/February 2020

Theme: Women in the Legal Profession
Deadline: October 1, 2019
Today, women comprise a large percentage of the legal profession. How are women faring today in the practice of law? Who were the trailblazers? What barriers have women faced and how have they overcome them? Share with us who you admire and why. How have women entering the profession impacted the practice of law?

March/April 2020

Theme: Lawyer Well Being
Deadline: December 1, 2019
Stress, anxiety, depression, and addictive behaviors are unfortunately not uncommon in the practice of law. What is the profession doing to address these issues? What are the ethical implications? Which strategies work best to minimize stressors? What are lawyers, judges, and law students doing to keep themselves healthy? Tell us about resources that are available to provide assistance.  

Article submissions should be e-mailed to Rita Zimmerman. Please be sure to review our Editorial Policy & Submission Guidelines. We look forward to having you contribute to The Bencher.