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Monday, September 17, 2012

New Online Advocacy Journal

Dear Colleagues:

Sometimes the world turns in a way that makes you smile, such was the case in my faculty meeting last week.  I am happy to announce that Stetson is creating an online advocacy journal that will be accepting submissions this year.  It is not like other journals, in that it has a more practical approach to the purpose of the journal, and the delivery.  For example, all documents will be available through the web on a platform that allows for uninterrupted viewing regardless of the device being used to read the page.  You should be able to pull the article up in court, find what you need, and use it - through your phone.  Footnotes will appear in floating box when you place the cursor (finger) over the footnote.  Our goal is to fill that void which currently exists in the literature, creating a resource that has practical value.  The students and faculty advisors creating the journal said it best in their bylaws:

"The Stetson Journal of Advocacy and the Law is a student-produced legal journal dedicated exclusively to discussing, exploring, and influencing contemporary issues related to advocacy. The journal encompasses all facets of advocacy including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Trial Advocacy, and Appellate Advocacy. Included in the Stetson Journal of Advocacy and the Law are selected articles written by preeminent practitioners, law professors, and judges on topics related to techniques, trends, and developments that manifest excellence in advocacy. Each fall and spring, the editors and associates of the Stetson Journal of Advocacy and the Law solicit creative works on advocacy from the legal community, and then edit, compile, and publish those articles in our semiannual publication. In keeping with the journal’s focus on contemporary issues, the Stetson Journal of Advocacy and the Law is available exclusively online in a convenient, extensible HTML format."

I am personally so pleased because it is a student based initiative supported by doctrinal faculty of the law school.  I see great potential here, and wanted to invite those of you who might be interested to submit a piece for the journal.  The sweet spot is around nine to fifteen pages and should focus on real world advocacy issues facing the profession.

I hope that you will consider submitting something.  If you are interested just drop me an email and I will get the process started for you.  



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