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.  

Spring 2023 Call for Submissions 

We are currently accepting submissions for our spring submission cycle. We welcome your short (usually within 1000-3000 words), readable, lightly-footnoted articles on topics related to best practices in teaching legal research and writing. We seek to publish a diverse range of pieces that reflects the diverse needs of our legal writing community. In particular, we strive to be a welcoming place for newer members of the community to have their voices heard. Please contact us at theseconddraftlwi@gmail.com with any questions. The spring submission cycle will remain open through May 15, 2023.

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The Second Draft Editorial Board

  • Marissa Meredith

    Marissa Meredith

    Editor-in-Chief
    Duquesne University School of Law
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  • Stefanie "Stevie" Leahy

    Stefanie "Stevie" Leahy

    Board Member
    Suffolk University Law School
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  • Hollee Temple

    Hollee Temple

    Board Member
    University of Hawaii (Richardson School of Law)
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  • Lara Freed

    Lara Freed

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    Cornell Law School
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    Cindy Archer

    Board Member
    University of California-Irvine School of Law
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    Susan Azynder

    Board Member
    Notre Dame Law School
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    Ted Becker

    Board Member
    University of Michigan Law School
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    Shavonnie Carthens

    Board Member
    University of Kentucky School of Law
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    Suzanne Chapman

    Board Member
    Charleston School of Law
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    Brenda Gibson

    Board Member
    Wake Forest University School of Law
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    Meg Holzer

    Board Member
    Brooklyn Law School
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    Kerry Kornblatt

    Board Member
    University of Michigan Law School
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    Abby Patthoff

    Board Member
    Chapman University, Fowler School of Law
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    Hillary Powell

    Board Member
    Florida State University College of Law
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    Anjali Prakash

    Board Member
    American University Washington College of Law
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