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Trial Bar News is the official publication of Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. It is published six time per year and is distributed to over 1,200 readers including CASD Members, local ADR firms, law schools, and San Diego Judges, District Attorneys and Public Defenders. Trial Bar News is designed to provide informative and interesting articles relating to trial practice.

Trial Bar News accepts unsolicited articles for consideration. Articles are usually NUMBER single–spaced pages (NUMBER-NUMBER words), but shorter and longer articles will be considered. Articles may be shortened or edited for style or space requirements of Trial Bar News at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief. Articles are judged on the basis of research, writing, topic, and interest to the membership of OCTLA. 

Trial Bar News follows the California Manual on Style for legal citations. Manuscripts submitted should follow those rules as closely as possible. All citations to authorities from outside California should at least include the West regional reporter, and preferably the state’s official reporter.

  • To submit your article to Trial Bar News, please email a draft in an editable format (i.e. - .doc, .docx) to trialbarnews@gmail.com.  

Submit an Article to Trial Bar News

We are looking for:

  1. Articles with useful and practical information relating to trial practice.
  2. Although articles should be accurately researched and may provide citations to authorities, Trial Bar News is not interested in printing law review-type articles.
  3. Cite only to official reports and do not cite to unpublished cases.
  4. Gender-neutral language should be used unless an issue that is gender specific is involved.
  5. Articles should be single-spaced and no more than 5,000 words (or under 5 pages).
  6. Trial Bar News prefers articles to be submitted in MS Word (.doc) file. Please limit your formatting to italics and bolding where needed. Please avoid setting tabs and paragraph indention, bullet points, extra spacing, footnotes and endnotes.

Suggested Writing Topics:

  • Relevant Updates and Changes in the Law
  • Tips and Tricks in Oral Argument
  • Perspectives from the Jury Box
  • Perspectives from the Bench
  • Effective Opening Statement
  • Effective Closing Argument
  • Effective Cross-Examination of the Opposing Party or Experts
  • Jury Selection
  • Proving Damages in Unique Injury Cases
  • How to Maximize Damages
  • How to Argue Future Damages
  • Motion Writing 101
  • Law & Motion
  • Expedited Jury Trials
  • New Changes in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Of course, these are only suggested topics and we welcome the submission of any article that may be of interest to our readers.

Trial Bar News retains copyright on all articles. Trial Bar News freely grants permission to others to reprint the article, upon their agreement to acknowledge the copyright. The Editor-in-Chief may make editorial changes to an article, without changing its substance. 

Important Style Tips

  1. Please send me your articles after doing a full revision and cite check.  Also, reminder that we use an *asterisk rather than "p" for page number in citations.
    For example: “Stripped to its essentials, the military contractor's defense … is to claim, ‘The Government made me do it.’ ” In re Joint E. & S. Dist. N.Y. Asbestos Litig., 897 F.2d 626, *632 (2d Cir. 1990). Kind of like when my three year old blames his actions on the commands of his five year old sister. 


    Example of the asterisk when you've cited above:  Boyle, supra, 487 U.S. at *512. 
                                 
  2. For visual reasons that have to do with keeping text together in print, we do not put a space in between the section sign and the code. 

    For example: The panel pointed out that marijuana “is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. §812.   (NO SPACE in between.)

     
  3. There is no specific word limit/page limit. All past articles are available on casd.org and it's a good place to look for inspiration and for you to recommend colleagues who are interested in writing an article to get a feel for the tone of the magazine, typical length of articles, etc. 
     
  4. Articles are due to THIS gmail address, not my work email address, and the articles should be sent as a .doc or .docx.

A photo of the author should accompany the article with a few lines of biographical information and submitted via e-mail to Trial Bar News Editor-in-Chief, Dana Grimes at trialbarnews@gmail.com.

Additional photos related to the article may also be submitted for consideration.

The submission deadlines are listed below:

Publication                     Article Deadline

January-February                      December 1
March-April                               February 1
May-June                                  April 1
July-August                               June 1
September-October                   August 1
November-December                 October 1