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The Clearinghouse Community is built on voluntary submissions from practicing advocates and experts. We welcome submissions that adhere to the following guidelines.

Substance

We build better advocates and networks by publishing pieces that explain new legal developments, strategies, and models in poverty law and policy. As a general rule, we publish only original material; prospective authors may not submit their manuscript to another publication pending our decision to publish the piece. At least one co-author should be an attorney.

Articles. Clearinghouse Articles analyze developments in poverty law, discuss innovative legal theories, recount strategies to implement legislation, or explain topics that are otherwise of interest to poverty-law advocates.

Advocacy Stories. Advocacy stories explore all kinds of affirmative advocacy efforts—not just litigation—ranging from community organizing to lobbying to negotiating a settlement. They convey how a “case” evolved from the time a client presented a problem until resolution, including any stumbling blocks and how those were overcome.

Style

Where helpful to the reader, authors should use headings; at least one sentence of text must appear between main headings and subheadings. Authors should insert links to sources, using open source sites, when referencing cases, statutes, regulations, policy reports, etc. Please use Google Scholar for links to cases, the Government Printing Office website for links to the U.S. Code and the Code of Federal Regulations, and state legislature websites for links to state statutes.

Articles. Articles should have an introduction and a conclusion. The introduction should state the main thesis of the article and propose an outline for the discussion. Most articles have a target length of 30,000 word processing characters, including spaces and footnotes, which is approximately 12–15 double-spaced pages. Articles should be properly documented using footnotes, not endnotes, and generally follow the Bluebook. We do stray from the Bluebook in some matters; for example, sentences should contain no more than one footnote, which is to be placed at the end of the sentence. The names of cases and publications are to be spelled out fully, in the text and in footnotes.

Advocacy Stories. Advocacy stories are shorter than articles and more narrative in style. They have a target length of 20,000 word processing characters, including spaces and footnotes, which is approximately 10 double-spaced pages. Advocacy stories must be properly supported, but sources are given through embedded links in the text rather than through footnotes or endnotes.

Submission

Articles and advocacy stories are published on a rolling basis, so submissions are welcome at any time. Articles and advocacy stories should be submitted in Word format to Amanda Moore.

Submissions should include the authors’ title or position, program or office, office address, telephone number, and email address; this information will be printed with the article. Before publication, authors will be asked to submit a photo of themselves and sign a photo release, but authors need not include these items with their initial submission.

Submissions should be up-to-date as of the moment they are submitted for consideration. Authors are expected to follow developments in the law and revise their manuscripts when appropriate. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the statements and citations made in their articles.

Authors whose work is published on povertylaw.org will be asked to sign a standard publication agreement.

Reprints

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law (Shriver Center) holds copyright in povertylaw.org except when otherwise expressly indicated. Authors retain copyright in their articles and advocacy stories subject to licenses held by the Shriver Center. The Shriver Center permits copies of articles to be made for educational purposes such as classroom or training use, provided that the user also obtains the author's permission and notifies Amanda Moore in writing of having made such copies and that the proper notice of copyright by the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law is prominently displayed on each copy (e.g., “This article was first published on povertylaw.org on [DATE]. ©[YEAR] Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law”). The written notice shall include the number of copies made and distributed, the date(s) and location or event where copies were used, name of user, user's organizational affiliation, phone number, and email address.

 

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