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The Practitioner Fall 2015, Volume 21, Issue 3

Letter From the Editor

By Henry S. David

Henry S. David is the proprietor of The David Firm®, which he founded after 33 years in Big Law. He is a commercial litigator, with a focus on creditors’ rights.

Dear Members:

First, an apology: The cover of Issue No. 2 contained typographical error of the title of one of the articles. The Editorial Board does not design or write the cover, but I accept full responsibility for not catching the error and hope that it did not detract from the interesting content inside the cover. But this gives me an excuse to explain our process. Our Editorial Board and the other member of the Executive Committee solicit articles. Those are then given to the Editor in Chief (currently, me). We then look for editors—both peer review (substance) and style editors (who check for grammar, flow, cite checks, Blue Booking and the like). For us, often, the same person will do both peer review and editing. Sometimes, the peer review will be done by someone outside the Board or even outside the Executive Committee and, once, outside the Section. Once we review and edit the article, we run any proposed changes by the author for his or her final approval. The editing and approval process can take a month. Then, we provide the articles to our layout design company, Sublime Design Media. Sublime does a final grammar review and edit, designs and drafts a cover and the table of contests, and lays out articles, advertisements, and announcements. After the Board reviews and approves Sublime’s work, the issue is sent to the printers for printing and mailing. From when we first submit the articles to Sublime until the Big News reaches your mailbox can take six weeks, in part because we use the least expensive class of mail to save you money. It is an interesting and collaborative process, which hopefully results in useful and entertaining reading for you. This time, however, it failed to catch a glaring typographical error. We will redouble our efforts to avoid a repeat.

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