The ACLR requires each staff member to research, write, and submit for consideration at least one note of publishable quality during his or her membership on the staff. Notes must relate to American criminal law in a meaningful way in order to meet the journal’s note requirement.
A staff member’s note usually is completed by the end of his or her first year on the staff. However, notes will be accepted until approximately 30 days after the start of the staff member’s second-to-last semester (early February).
The note should be approximately twenty-five to forty typewritten pages (excluding footnotes) and of a quality acceptable to a GULC seminar. Most staff members, in fact, submit a seminar paper as their note.
Ideas for notes can be obtained from various sources. Staff members may consult with the Notes Editors or Notes Development Editors for ideas on note topics. Additionally, several loose-leaf services, reporters, and newsletters may be consulted for current criminal law topics:
- The Criminal Law Reporter
- United States Supreme Court Cases and Comments: Criminal Law and Procedure
- White Collar Crime: Business and Regulatory Offenses
- Criminal Law Newsletter
- West’s Criminal Law News.
The ACLR’s law library liaison, Anne Guha (firstname.lastname@example.org) can assist with developing a topic, research plan, and running a preemption check. She is an outstanding resource, and all journal members are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to work with her.