OSBA Content Editorial Policy

The Ohio State Bar Association offers high-quality law-related information to a wide audience through its many publications and its website and accepts submissions for possible publication.



Ohio Lawyer is a 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, informational, 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.

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


Submitted feature articles should not exceed 2,000 words, and columns should not exceed 1,000 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.


Ohio Lawyer feature articles should:

  • Be relatively brief and not exceed 2,000 words
  • Include a short title: three to five words
  • Include the author's brief biography that includes name, firm, title and hometown


Ohio Lawyer columns should:

  • Not exceed 1,000 words
  • Include a short title: three to five words
  • Include the author's brief biography that includes name, firm, title and hometown


Columns include, but are not limited to, topics on the following:

  • Work-Life Balance
  • Practice Tips
  • Technology Tips
  • Business Development Tips
  • Beyond the Courtroom (features members who are giving back to their communities)
  • Marketing Your Practice
  • Personal Finance/Student Debt
  • And others


Because Ohio Lawyer is not a scientific/scholarly journal, lengthy citations are not required. Use endnotes sparingly and limit them to citations only. The editors likely will cut all other endnotes. If it needs to be said, it should be included in the article's text. 



The OSBA website receives, on average, more than 300,000 page views and more than 158,000 unique views per month, so publishing through the website offers excellent exposure for you and your firm.


Articles should:

  • Be current, fair, balanced and supported with examples;
  • Avoid "legalese"; and
  • Contain only appropriate, family-friendly language.



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 should:

  • Be written in Q&A format;
  • Not exceed 800 words;
  • Be written in active voice;
  • Be of interest to general consumers;
  • Avoid "legalese";
  • Be law-related; and
  • Be fact-based and avoid any opinion or slant.



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 should:

  • Be written in any format, including bullet-point style;
  • Not exceed 500 words;
  • Be written in active voice;
  • Be of interest to general small business consumers;
  • Avoid "legalese";
  • Be law-related; and
  • Be fact-based and avoid any opinion or slant.


How to submit

Send manuscripts to the editor at editor@ohiobar.org.



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.


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



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.


To view Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) guidelines for publishing content in OSBA publications and through the OSBA website, go to https://www.ohiobar.org/AboutOSBA/Policies/Pages/OSBA-Website-Content-Guidelines.aspx.


Approved by the OSBA Content Advisory Board Jan. 20, 2017.



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