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.

March/April 2021
Theme: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Deadline: December 1, 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an attorney, justice, role model and inspiration to many. This issue will honor the woman who, as an attorney, strategized and advocated for gender equality and women’s rights case by case, and who, as a justice, was renowned for her pointed dissents. How did Justice Ginsburg model civility, professionalism and excellence? How did she inspire you? Is there a particular case that resonates with you and why? If you worked with Justice Ginsburg, please share your memories of her.

May/June 2021
Theme: Generational Perspective Issues in the Practice of Law
Deadline: February 1, 2021
What are the issues that arise in the practice of law from the perspective of different generations of lawyers—from new lawyers to the most senior members in the profession? How do lawyers of different generations view the legal system? How has the practice of law changed over the years? How have legal employers dealt with requests for changes in work habits such as teleworking? What are the pros and cons from the employer’s and employee’s perspectives? How do we successfully work across multiple generations in the practice of law? What words of wisdom do you have for an attorney or judge who is not from your generation?

July/August 2021
Theme: Ethics
Deadline: April 1, 2021
Tell us about interesting ethical issues that you have experienced. What are the ethical rules lawyers should consider when discussing cases in the media? What ethical issues arise when a judge runs for re-election or a lawyer runs for election as a judge? What ethical concerns do lawyers face when engaging in the representation of clients, in communicating with prospective clients, or in declining legal representation?

September/October 2021
Theme: Bankruptcy Law
Deadline: June 1, 2021
What is it that non-bankruptcy practitioners need to know about bankruptcy law? What are the basics? What are new developments in this field of law? What are some interesting new cases? Are there any new laws or rules that affect the practice of bankruptcy law? What are the ethical issues and pitfalls of which lawyers need to be aware?

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