Call for Papers

Cumberland Law Review Vol. 48

The Cumberland Law Review published its first issue in 1970. It is circulated in all fifty of the United States and abroad. Subscribers include members of the practicing bar and government, academicians and law libraries. In addition, the Cumberland Law Review appears in electronic databases, including Westlaw and Lexis. As a testament to its quality, the Law Review has enjoyed citations by the Alabama Supreme Court, all twelve of the U.S. Court of Appeals’ Circuit Courts, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

On behalf of the Cumberland Law Review, the Editorial Board is sponsoring a call for papers relating to the legal and policy implications of advancements in artificial intelligence and automated technology. The objective of this call for papers is to solicit well-written articles from legal scholars, practitioners, and interdisciplinary teams that will add value to the discussion surrounding these cutting-edge technological advances.

The Cumberland Law Review Acquisitions committee welcomes articles on any artificial intelligence or automated technology related topic. Suggested topics may include:

  • The role of insurance and allocation of liability in regulating self-driving vehicles
  • Due process and the role of artificial intelligence in criminal investigations
  • Privacy risks and data security policies
  • Fair and ethical use of artificial intelligence and automated technologies

Accepted papers will be published in the Fall 2017 issue of Cumberland Law Review Volume 48 as well as published online by leading legal databases including LexisNexis, HeinOnline, and Westlaw. This quick turnaround allows for publication of articles whose analysis and relation to innovating technology may be time sensitive.

Call for Papers Timeline
Timely submission of articles and papers is a critical component of the publication process. The procedures and timetable described below will apply to all submitted articles and papers.

  1. Submission Deadline

By Monday, May 1, 2017, authors should submit a one to two page proposal for their papers which should include the title, a detailed (500 word) abstract, and either a brief biographical note, resume, or CV of author. Proposals, along with authors’ contact information, should be submitted via e-mail to the Cumberland Law Review’s Acquisitions Editor, Matt Hambrick via email no later than Monday, May 1, 2017. These proposals may be emailed to Please put “Vol. 48 Call for Papers” in the subject line. The proposals should be submitted as a standard PDF document.

  1. Acceptance of Proposals

By Friday, May 5, 2017, the Cumberland Law Review Acquisitions Editor and Editorial Board will make a decision on all proposals. During the decision making process, the Acquisitions Editor may be in touch with authors to further discuss or clarify proposals. The Committee will contact authors via email regarding their proposals by Monday, May 8, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

  1. Completion Deadline

By Monday, July 17, 2017, the Cumberland Law Review must receive the completed paper with a 200-word abstract. Each paper will be screened by the Cumberland Law Review Editorial Board for clarity, grammar, compliance with Bluebook citation format, and relevance to the call. The Editorial Board may require further rewriting of the paper to bring it to an acceptable standard.

Submission Guidelines
Papers should be no less than 25 pages and 150 footnotes and no more than 60 pages and 400 footnotes. Papers should be formatted in compliance with academic literature standards. The Bluebook citation method should be utilized for footnote text. All submissions should be Microsoft Word files, double spaced, in Times New Roman font.

Cumberland Law Review looks forward to receiving proposals in response to the call, and is happy to respond to inquiries from interested parties. Questions may be addressed to our Acquisitions Editor, Matt Hambrick, at Please put “Call for Papers Inquiry” in the subject line in order to ensure a prompt response. Thank you for your interest in the Cumberland Law Review and developing artificial intelligence and automated technologies. We look forward to reviewing your submissions and working with you in the future.


Matt Hambrick
Volume 48 Acquisitions Editor                                                        

Lindsey Catlett
Volume 48 Editor in Chief