Ohio Lawyer Editorial Policy

Ohio Lawyer is an Ohio State Bar Association bi-monthly publication, with the goal of which is to present cutting-edge topics of general interest to OSBA members through a state-of-the-art format.

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 editorial policy of Ohio Lawyer is under the supervision of its Board of Editors and is implemented by the editor. The provisions of the policy are:

Submissions to Ohio Lawyer are subject to approval by its Board of Editors and are reviewed in the order they are received. The editor reserves the right to reject certain articles before they are submitted to the Board of Editors for approval. Such articles may include, but are not limited to, advertorials and articles that are not of general interest to the Ohio legal community.

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

No compensation is paid for submissions.

OSBA members are given special consideration in submitting articles for the magazine.

No topic may be “reserved” for an author who indicates either verbally or in writing that the author intends 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 Board of Editors 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 Board of Editors.

The decision of the Board is final.

Feature articles

Feature articles must be relatively brief, no longer than 10 pages, double-spaced on 8 ½” by 11” paper, including footnotes. Longer articles are accepted under exceptional circumstances only. Copies should be provided by e-mail to Director of Publications Nina Corbut at ncorbut@ohiobar.org or by regular mail. Please include a paper copy of the article, as well as an electronic copy on a disc, if possible. Manuscripts and discs will not be returned.

The title of the article should be kept short—three to five words.

Send a brief biography that includes name, firm, title and hometown.

Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor must relate to a topic that was published in the most recent Ohio Lawyer and are published on a space-available basis.

Letters should not exceed 250 words and are subject to editing for length.

Letters should address topics in Ohio Lawyer; they should not be personal attacks on others.

Ohio Lawyer does not publish letters that endorse political candidates.

Ohio Lawyer does not publish letters that are defamatory and/or in poor taste.

All letters are subject to the approval of the Ohio Lawyer Board of Editors.

Editor may limit the number of letters published on a single topic and may choose letters that provide different perspectives.

Book reviews

Writers may review new books, electronic media or other legal resources. Reviews can be on practical, scholarly, theoretical or entertaining subjects. The goal is to include a variety of subjects.

Reviews must include title, author, date of publication, how to obtain the book, number of pages and price.

Reviews should discuss accuracy and completeness of the content of the book; readability and organization; usefulness to practitioners; and personal thoughts/opinions.

Reviews should not exceed 500 words.

Reviews are published in the “Books and Bytes for Barristers” section of Ohio Lawyer.

Reviews are subject to the approval of the Ohio Lawyer Board of Editors and are published on a space-available basis.

“In My Opinion” submissions

Submissions to the Ohio Lawyer “In My Opinion” column are judged on importance, timeliness and relevance.

Submissions may not include political endorsements or personal attacks on others.

All opinion submissions are subject to the approval of the Ohio Lawyer Board of Editors.

Submissions should not exceed 1,000 words.

“Beyond the Courtroom” submissions

The Ohio Lawyer “Beyond the Courtroom” column features individuals in the legal field who have contributed a significant amount of time to their communities. The purpose of the column is to highlight a person who has dedicated a significant amount of time and legal expertise to the community, in addition to practicing law. The column will show the “good in lawyers” and help create a better public perception of attorneys.

The column is not strictly dedicated to lawyers. It can also feature paralegals, law professors and law students.

The article should be no longer than 500 words. All submissions for the series are subject to the approval of the Ohio Lawyer Board of Editors.

Some examples of “Beyond the Courtroom” featured legal professionals:
Michael Flowers is a founding member of the ABA African Law Initiatives Council, a public service project that responds to the needs of legal professionals and organizations in African countries. Flowers helped establish commercial law courts there.

J. Bruce Hunsicker founded the One-in-Six Foundation, a nonprofit corporation geared toward funding research for advanced prostate cancer.

Diana Ramos Reardon helps the underserved Spanish-speaking populations by editing Spanish translations of public information materials for the OSBA’s LawFacts Program.

Reardon has also devoted a substantial amount of her free time to educating children about the practice of law by serving on the Mock Trial case committee, being a mock trial judge and participating in the Youth for Justice and Law and Citizenship conferences.

Late Clintonville attorney John W. Leibold was diagnosed with polio at a young age, which left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. He still attended law school and became a successful lawyer. Leibold wrote the first Ohio bill mandating access to public buildings by the handicapped, for which he received a meritorious service award from the President’s Committee for Employment of the Handicapped.

Yvette McGee Brown is president of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy, a facilitator for public and private agencies to combine their efforts against domestic violence and child abuse. The YWCA benefited from her leadership as board chair when they launched a $7 million capital campaign for a homeless family center designed to meet the needs of children and their families.

Late Mansfield attorney James R. Corley overcame many obstacles before becoming a respected attorney. Corley’s early work as a civil rights pioneer improved the minority hiring practices of local businesses in Mansfield. Corley served for more than 30 years as a member of the Richland County Ontario Board of Health, in which he only missed three of 358 county meetings. Corley was also instrumental in expanding the Mansfield Salvation Army facilities.

“Practice Tips” submissions

The purpose of the practice tips column is to offer guidance or tips on legal topics that are of general interest to the Ohio Lawyer audience. Submissions to the Ohio Lawyer “Practice Tips” column are judged on importance, timeliness and relevance.

All submissions are subject to the approval of the Ohio Lawyer Board of Editors.

Submissions should not exceed 1,000 words.

Some examples of “practice tips” columns:

  • Ten ways to engage a jury;

  • Forty-five litigation writing rules;

  • Procedures for appeals: Where to appeal Ohio administrative agency cases;

  • Significant amendments to Ohio business organization statutes;

  • Fraud: it could happen to you (includes 10 policies and procedures all law firms should have in place).

“Did You Know?” column submissions
The purpose of the “Did You Know” column is to inform readers of news items related to the legal profession, such as updates to laws, new legislation or information that helps legal professionals in their practices. The column should be no more than 500 words.

Examples of past “Did You Know” columns:

  • ORC provides for the creation of animal care trusts;

  • Google offers services beneficial to legal professionals; and

  • New FMLA regulations.


A manuscript belongs initially to the author. However, it simplifies publication procedures if the author of an article for Ohio Lawyer completes the transfer of copyright form they will receive from the OSBA once their article is accepted and scheduled for publication. This form allows the author to transfer the copyright to OSBA. The OSBA agrees that its ownership of the copyright will not preclude the author from having full use of the article. The author may have it reprinted in other publications or used for other ethical and lawful purposes.

Web site articles

If an article is not approved for publication in Ohio Lawyer because it is not of general interest for the magazine, it may have potential to be posted in an area on the OSBA Web site, such as in the areas of section newsletters, practice management or Ohio Lawyer online. The article must meet the requirements of articles as set forth above.


Ohio Lawyer is a publication of the Ohio State Bar Association. Circulation of more than 30,000 is to Ohio lawyers (25,000), law school student members, law libraries, local and state bar associations and other law-related groups.

Publication schedule

Ohio Lawyer is published bimonthly and is mailed the first week of January, March, May, July, September and November.

Send manuscripts to: Nina Corbut, Editor, Ohio Lawyer, Ohio State Bar Association, P.O. Box 16562, Columbus, OH 43216-6562. Prospective authors may call for further information (800) 282-6556 or (614) 487-2050 or e-mail ncorbut@ohiobar.org. Please include your complete address and telephone number with your manuscript.

Adopted 11/5/2009​



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