Bencher Deadlines & Themes

September/October 2017

Theme: Solo/Small Firm Practice
Deadline: June 1, 2017
The Bencher wants to hear why you chose this path and the rewards and challenges of solo/small firm practice.  How does membership in the American Inns of Court help you in your solo/small firm practice?

November/December 2017

Theme: Worldwide Connections
Deadline: August 1, 2017
Are you involved in international law practice? Has your Inn visited another country to learn about its legal system? Have you visited the Inns of Court in the United Kingdom? Have you invited lawyers from other countries to speak at your Inn meetings? Tell us about your international connections.

January/February 2018 

Theme: Mentoring
Deadline: October 1, 2017
January is National Mentoring Month. Having a mentor in the legal profession can be invaluable. Tell us about a mentor you had and how he or she helped you. Have you ever been “reverse mentored” by a less experienced lawyer? What is your Inn doing to promote mentoring?

March/April 2018 

Theme: Checks and Balances
Deadline: December 1, 2017
Our three branches of government serve as a system of checks and balances.  How does the system work, in theory, in practice or in the case law?  Why is it important to have a fair, impartial, and independent judiciary? Which cases have been significant of protecting the rights of people? Where have the courts failed or succeeded? Please note: The American Inns of Court remains strictly apolitical. Any article submissions that might be interpreted as political will not be published.

May/June 2018 

Theme: Law School Education
Deadline: February 1, 2018
How are law schools educating students and what challenges are graduates encountering? What are the impacts of the cost of legal education? How are law schools providing clinical and experiential learning to law students to further develop their practical legal skills? What are law schools doing to help graduates find jobs? How can the American Inns of Court benefit and help law students and graduates?

July/August 2018 

Theme: Enjoying the Practice of Law
Deadline: April 1, 2018
It is important to like what you do. What have you enjoyed about the practice of law in the different stages of your career and why? What have you contributed to the profession and to others? What is your advice for those new to the profession? If you are new to the practice of law, how are you balancing work and life outside the office and what might make that balance easier to achieve?

September/October 2018

Theme: Family Law Practice
Deadline: June 1, 2018
What are some current issues facing family law practitioners and how are they being resolved? How do other practice areas overlap with family law and what is the impact?  Tell us about examples of professionalism, civility, and ethics that you have observed. What impact has membership in the American Inns of Court had on your family law practice?

November/December 2018
Theme: Technology
Deadline: August 1, 2018
What are the latest technological advancements in the legal profession? How is technology impacting the practice of law? What are some of the benefits and successes or pitfalls and disadvantages of technology in the legal profession? What are the ethical implications?

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.