The Public Law Journal is a quarterly journal published by the Public Law Section, which includes articles of interest to public law practitioners, including city attorneys and county counsels; redevelopment agency attorneys; school and college district attorneys; water, fire and special district attorneys; joint powers agency attorneys; and private sector attorneys representing public agencies. The PLJ is transmitted electronically to Section members and posted on the Section’s website. To view past issues, see Public Law Journal (Current issues are available in the members-only section of the site.)The Publications Committee solicits original manuscripts of 2,500-3,000 words in length, not including endnotes, on public law topics including:
MCLE self-study credit up to 12.5 hours may be available to published contributing authors.
The PLJ generally is willing to republish articles that either have already appeared, or will appear, in another periodical, if the article is deemed of interest to Section members and the author agrees in advance about this arrangement.
Public Law Journal articles are written in law journal/law review type style with legal citations (in endnotes, not footnotes). However, we prefer articles that are more dynamic than the average law review article – that is, written in a newsy and readable, rather than dry and academic style. For example, where possible, the article’s introduction should reference recent news events in introducing the topic and setting the stage for why the issues are timely and interesting. The article also should include recent cases and legislation as examples.
For inquiries and submissions, contact the PLJ Editor.