Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Cumberland Law Review Vol. 51

2020-2021

The Cumberland Law Review published its first issue in 1970. It is circulated in all fifty states and internationally. The Law Review’s subscribers include practicing attorneys as well as governments, academics, and law libraries. 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 currently seeking submissions for our Volume 51, published during the 2020-2021 academic year. The Law Review will publish two Issues this year.

Issue 1 is focused on covering the latest developments in business in the current economy, including but not limited to: bankruptcy, employment, tax, anti-trust, entrepreneurship, banking, finance, corporate, securities, and administrative law issues, all of which may intersect.

Issue 2 is focused on forms of alternative dispute resolution, arbitration (binding and non-binding), mediation, etc.

The objective of this call for papers is to solicit high-quality articles from legal scholars and practitioners that will add value to the discussion surrounding these cutting-edge topics and issues.

Accepted papers will be published in the Cumberland Law Review, Volume 51, 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

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, Avery Burns, via email no later than Monday, June 15, 2020. These proposals may be emailed to CLR-articles@samford.edu. Please put “Vol. 51 Call for Papers” in the subject line.

  1. Acceptance of Proposals

No later than Monday, June 22, 2020, at 5:00 PM, the Cumberland Law Review Acquisitions Committee will reach a final decision on all proposals and will contact authors via email regarding their proposals. During the decision-making process, the Acquisitions Editor may be in touch with authors to further discuss or clarify proposals.

  1. Completion Deadline

By Monday, August 17, 2020, 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, Avery Burns, at CLR-articles@samford.edu. 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.

Best,

Avery Burns                                                                             Katelyn Dodd

CLR-articles@samford.edu                                                   kdodd1@samford.edu

Acquisitions Editor, Volume 51                                               Editor-in-Chief, Volume 51

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