Write for the OSBA

The Ohio State Bar Association offers high-quality law-related information to a wide audience through its many publications and its website. What's missing? Your contribution.


What can you do about it?

  • Check out the list of OSBA publishing opportunities below.
  • Review the guidelines for each, as well as the general guidelines below.
  • Start writing!
     

Online publication

The OSBA website receives, on average, more than 300,000 page views and more than 6,000 unique views per month, so publishing through the website offers excellent exposure for you and your firm.


We're looking for completed law-related articles that:

  1. Are current, fair, balanced and supported with examples;
  2. Do not exceed 1,000 words;
  3. Avoid "legalese"; and
  4. Contain only appropriate, family-friendly language.


When your article is ready for submission, please email it, in Word format, to Elizabeth Volpe at evolpe@ohiobar.org


If your article is accepted for online publication, an OSBA staff member will review, edit, share any suggestions with you and get your approval on a final draft before the article is published. The OSBA may require that an attorney familiar with the subject matter review the article.

The OSBA will confirm receipt of your article within one week of your submission. Within two weeks of your submission, we will let you know if we will publish your article. The OSBA will make every effort to contact you if we decline publication of your article, but that may not always be possible.

 

You will retain the copyright rights to your article, but the OSBA will ask you for a license agreement so that we can share your article.

 

Byline information will include your name, your firm's name and your location. If you wish to submit a photo (head shot), we will publish it with your article.

 

The OSBA will share your article on the OSBA website at www.ohiobar.org, and other OSBA channels, including social media, if appropriate.

Questions? Contact…Elizabeth Volpe at evolpe@ohiobar.org.


Ohio Lawyer magazine

Ohio Lawyer is an OSBA bi-monthly magazine that is published as a service to OSBA members. Its goal is to present cutting-edge topics of general interest to OSBA members. Articles may include practical, procedural, theoretical, philosophical, informational, argumentative or otherwise newsworthy submissions on issues relating to the law, the judicial system, the legal system, or the mission and activities of the OSBA, its affiliates or members.  The magazine is not available to nonmember attorneys. Governmental agencies and educational and legal research organizations may subscribe annually for $35.


OSBA members are encouraged to submit manuscripts to the editor for possible publication.


Submitted articles should not exceed 2,500 words. Manuscripts are not purchased, and those submitted become the property of the Ohio State Bar Association.


All Ohio Lawyer submissions are subject to approval by its Content Advisory Board and are reviewed in the order they are received. Articles are judged on importance of topic, accuracy, clarity, timeliness and writing style. Articles not written in standard expository style are not accepted. Briefs, summaries, outlines or memoranda are not accepted.


The Content Advisory Board reserves the right to require rewriting or editing as a condition of publication. The editor reserves the right to edit all material.


OSBA members are given special consideration in submitting articles for the magazine, but no compensation is paid for submissions, nor can any topic be "reserved" for an author who indicates the intention to submit an article on a particular topic.


Statements or expressions of opinion appearing in the magazine are those of the authors, and not necessarily those of the Association, Ohio Lawyer or the editor.


The editorial goal of Ohio Lawyer is to provide OSBA members with a forum for the discussion of all viewpoints; however, the Content Advisory Board reserves the right to reject any manuscript at its discretion. An author may request the reconsideration of a manuscript that has been declined for publication in Ohio Lawyer. The request must be made in writing to the Content Advisory Board​. The Board's decision is final.


For more detailed information about submission requirements, please visit www.ohiobar.org/OhioLawyerOnline.


"Law You Can Use"

The OSBA provides its "Law You Can Use" column as a public service to Ohioans. Volunteer authors explain laws and legal concepts in as simple and clear a way as possible in a question/answer format.

The column is distributed to media outlets across the state. Subscribing Ohio newspapers may publish it as a weekly feature or when space permits, and broadcasters use it to get story ideas. Following publication, "Law You Can Use" articles are posted to the OSBA website at www.ohiobar.org/lawyoucanuse, where they can be viewed by the general public. Authors are periodically asked to review and update their articles, if necessary.

 
"Law You Can Use" articles:

  1. Must be written in Q&A format;
  2. Must not exceed 800 words;
  3. Should be written in active voice;
  4. Must be of interest to general consumers;
  5. Must avoid "legalese";
  6. Must be law-related; and
  7. Must be fact-based and avoid any opinion or slant.


Visit www.ohiobar.org/lawyoucanuse and use the "search" box to familiarize yourself with the format and determine what topics may already have been covered.


Contact Elizabeth Volpe at evolpe@ohiobar.org with your idea for a "Law You Can Use" article. You can expect a response within one week of your inquiry. If your topic idea is accepted, you will be contacted and a rough draft deadline will be determined.


OSBA staff will review and edit your article for consumer suitability and trim, if necessary, to meet the word count requirement. You will work with OSBA staff until a final draft is mutually acceptable. A content accuracy review will be sought from an attorney familiar with the subject matter.


You will retain the copyright rights to your article, but the OSBA will ask you for a license agreement so that your article can be shared.


Byline information will include your name, your firm's name and your location, but photos, contact information and firm links will not be included in your "Law You Can Use" article.


After your article has been published and then posted to the OSBA website, you can expect to be contacted approximately once per year to review and update your article, if necessary. If you are unable to review/update, but do not want the article to be removed from the OSBA website, OSBA staff may ask another attorney to review/update. That person will be credited with reviewing/updating your article, but your name will continue to appear as author.


OSBA retains the discretion to remove your article from the website for any reason.

"Fine Print" business newsletter

"Fine Print" is an online, quarterly newsletter intended for use, primarily, by the small business community and attorneys who serve small business clients. "Fine Print" features newsworthy developments in key areas of business law and basics for addressing these issues. The newsletter can be downloaded, printed and/or shared electronically, and is publicly available through www.ohiobar.org/fineprint, and a limited number of previous issues are also available.


"Fine Print" publication dates: Feb. 1, May 1, Aug. 1, and Nov. 1.


"Fine Print" articles:

  1. Can be written in any format, including bullet-point style;
  2. Must not exceed 530 words;
  3. Should be written in active voice;
  4. Must be of interest to general small business consumers;
  5. Must avoid "legalese";
  6. Must be law-related; and
  7. Must be fact-based and avoid any opinion or slant.

Contact Elizabeth Volpe at evolpe@ohiobar.org with your idea for a "Fine Print" article. You can expect a response within one week of your inquiry. If your topic idea is accepted, you will be contacted and a rough draft deadline will be determined.

OSBA staff will review and edit your article for consumer suitability and trim, if necessary, to meet the word count requirement. You will work with OSBA staff until a final draft is mutually acceptable. A content accuracy review will be sought from an attorney familiar with the subject matter.

You will retain the copyright rights to your article, but the OSBA will ask you for a license agreement so that your article can be shared.

Byline information will include your name, your firm's name and your location, but photos, contact information and firm links will not be included in the "Fine Print" newsletter.

To view Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) guidelines for publishing content in OSBA publications and through the OSBA website, click here.

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