Call for Papers

Cumberland Law Review Vol. 50


The Cumberland Law Review published the first issue in 1970. It is circulated in all fifty states and internationally. The Law Review’s subscribers include practicing attorneys and government, academics, and law libraries. Additionally, 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 United States courts of appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

On behalf of the Cumberland Law Review, the Acquisitions Committee is sponsoring a call for papers on recent developments on Alabama legal issues. Specifically, we are requesting papers related to differences between the laws of Alabama and other jurisdictions that are applicable to current legal issues. The objective of this call for papers is to solicit well-written articles from legal scholars and practitioners that will add value to the discussion surrounding these cutting-edge topics and issues.

The Cumberland Law Review Acquisitions Committee welcomes articles on any topic related to the above-mentioned issues. Suggested topics may include, but are not limited to comparative analyses between Alabama’s law and other states’ laws on the following issues:

  • Alabama’s prison system (including the DOJ’s investigation)
  • The Death Penalty in Alabama in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Madison v. Alabama.
  • Issues regarding Teledentistry and TeleMedicine
  • Employment Law (including Paternity Leave)
  • Predispute Elder Care Arbitration Agreements
  • Acceptance of other states professional licenses such as Arizona’s
  • Alabama’s ethics law
  • Children as plaintiffs in current tort law structure
  • Over-medicalization of childbirth
  • The interplay of state takings claims, federal takings claims, and jurisdiction of federal courts

Accepted papers will be published in the Cumberland Law Review, Volume 50, Issue I—our Fall 2019 issue—as well as published online by leading legal databases including LexisNexis, HeinOnline, and Westlaw. This quick turnaround allows the Law Review to ensure that certain time-sensitive articles do not become moot during the publication process.

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, June 17, 2019, 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 the author. Proposals, along with authors’ contact information, should be submitted via e-mail to the Cumberland Law Review’s Acquisitions Editor, John Wesley Williamson via email no later than Monday, June 17, 2019. These proposals may be emailed to Please put “Vol. 50 Call for Papers” in the subject line.

  1. Acceptance of Proposals

No later than Monday, June 24, 2019, the Cumberland Law Review Acquisitions Committee will reach a final 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 no later than Monday, June 24, 2019, at 5:00 PM.

  1. Completion Deadline

By Monday, August 26, 2019, the Cumberland Law Review must receive the completed paper with a 200-word abstract. Each paper will be reviewed by the Cumberland Law Review Editorial Board for clarity, grammar, compliance with Bluebook citation format, and relevance to the call. During this process, the Editorial Board may request further rewriting of the paper to ensure the work conforms to these parameters

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 pursuant to 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.

The Cumberland Law Review looks forward to receiving proposals in response to the call, and we are happy to respond to inquiries from interested parties. Questions may be addressed to our Acquisitions Editor, John Wesley Williamson, 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. We look forward to reviewing your submissions and working with you in the future.


John Wesley Williamson                                                           Daniel Moss                                                          

Acquisitions Editor, Volume 50                                                      Editor-in-Chief, Volume 50