The Second Draft

  The Second Draft is a peer-reviewed publication of the Legal Writing Institute dedicated to sharing ideas related to teaching legal research and writing. We aim to publish short, readable, lightly footnoted essays and articles—typically ranging from 1000 to 3000 words—that combine theory with practical experience and personal insight. We seek to publish a diverse range of pieces that reflects the diverse needs of the legal writing community. In particular, we strive to be a welcoming place for newer members of the community to have their voices heard.

 We have three submission windows per year—January, May, and September—but we welcome articles and essays at any time. If you would like to submit a piece, or if you have any questions, please email us at theseconddraftlwi@gmail.com.  

September 2021 Call for Submissions 

We are currently accepting submissions for our September 2021 submission cycle. We welcome short, readable, lightly-footnoted articles on topics related to best practices in teaching legal research and writing. The September submission cycle will remain open through September 15, 2021.

Scroll down to meet the members of The Second Draft's Editorial Board, search for specific articles, or see a feed of each article published by issue.  

The Second Draft Editorial Board

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    Amy Soled

    Board Member
    Rutgers Law School
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    Brenda Gibson

    Board Member
    Wake Forest University School of Law
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    D’Andra Shu

    Board Member
    South Texas College of Law Houston
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    Elizabeth Keith

    Editor-in-Chief
    American University Washington College of Law
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    Emily Bishop

    Board Member
    Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
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    Gail Stephenson

    Board Member
    Southern University Law Center
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    Hillary Powell

    Board Member
    Florida State University College of Law
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    Kerry Kornblatt

    Board Member
    University of Michigan Law School
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    Marissa Meredith

    Board Member
    Duquesne University School of Law
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    Meg Holzer

    Board Member
    Brooklyn Law School
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    Shavonnie Carthens

    Board Member
    University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law
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    Susan Greene

    Board Member
    Hofstra University Maurice A. Dean School of Law
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    Ted Becker

    Board Member
    University of Michigan Law School
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