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.  

Call for New Editorial Board Members

We are looking for up to three new editorial board members to join the journal and help us select and publish high-quality pieces related to teaching legal skills courses. We seek to have a diverse membership with a range of identities, backgrounds, and experiences. If you are interested in applying for membership, please email a current CV and a 1-page statement of interest to theseconddraftlwi@gmail.com. To help us keep track of the applications, please put your full name and “New Member Application” in the subject line of your email. Applications are due by Friday, December 2, 2022.

January 2023 Call for Submissions 

We are currently accepting submissions for our January 2023 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 January submission cycle will remain open through January 15, 2023.

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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    Elizabeth Keith

    Editor-in-Chief
    American University Washington College of Law
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    Cindy Archer

    Board Member
    University of California-Irvine School of Law
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    Ted Becker

    Board Member
    University of Michigan Law School
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    Shavonnie Carthens

    Board Member
    University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law
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    Brenda Gibson

    Board Member
    Wake Forest University School of Law
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    Susan Greene

    Board Member
    Hofstra University Maurice A. Dean 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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    Marissa Meredith

    Board Member
    Duquesne University 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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    Bryan Schwartz

    Board Member
    The George Washington University Law School
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    D’Andra Shu

    Board Member
    South Texas College of Law Houston
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    Amy Soled

    Board Member
    Rutgers Law School
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    Gail Stephenson

    Board Member
    Southern University Law Center
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