How to Submit an Article for Publication in the Tennessee Bar Journal

If you would like to submit an article, we would be more than happy to review it. Articles submitted to the Journal are reviewed by a seven-member editorial board, and should be of interest to Tennessee lawyers. Authors are not required to be lawyers, but articles that have any commercial aspect to them (i.e., if the article advocates using a particular person or company for any services) will not be considered.

The Tennessee Bar Journal is distributed to the approximately 13,000 members of the Tennessee Bar Association.

Tennessee Bar Journal Editorial Board member and Memphis attorney Suzanne Landers offers tips to getting published in the Journal.

Format and procedures
Electronic submissions are preferred. If you do this, please also mail a hard copy. Do not send a fax. If you send a hard copy, double-space it. The Journal does not usually publish reprinted articles, but will consider it if the readership of the original publication does not over the Journal’s readership, and if permission is available.

About 20 typewritten pages (5,000 words) is as long as our format can handle. Please put any notes at the end and not at the bottom of each page. Do not footnote your name, but include a biographical sketch separately.

Please do not submit your article simultaneously to another publication. If you have already done so, please indicate that in your cover letter.

Time frame
If an article is accepted, we will notify you and determine at that time which issue it will likely be in. At that time you will be asked to sign an agreement letter, giving the Tennessee Bar Association rights to the article, along with permission to use it on our web site, and for WestLaw, LexisNexis and EBSCO to use it if they so choose. The review process can take up to two months.

CLE credit
Supreme Court Rule 21 Section 4.07(b) allows you to apply for CLE credit for your published writing. For details on claiming the credit, check with the Commission on CLE & Specialization at

Supreme Court Rule 21 4.07
The Commission may, in its discretion, award:

(b) Up to the full annual requirement for writing articles concerning substantive law, the practice of law, or the ethical and professional responsibilities of attorneys if the articles are published in approved publications intended primarily for attorneys; credit shall not be awarded to a named author when the actual principal authority was another person acting under the direction or supervision of the named author. In requesting credit under this subsection, the attorney shall provide the Commission with an affidavit stating the facts of authorship.

Send your submission to Suzanne Robertson, editor, Tennessee Bar Association, 221 Fourth Avenue N., Nashville, TN 37219 or via email to

Thank you for your interest in the Journal!

How to Submit a Listing to Success!

Tennessee Bar Association members may submit information about job changes, awards or work-related news. Send it to SUCCESS!, c/o The Tennessee Bar Journal, 221 Fourth Ave. N., Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37219-2198, or email to Linda Murphy at Submissions are subject to editing. Pictures are used on a space-available basis. Hard copies of photographs submitted will not be returned. Electronic photos must be saved as a tiff or jpeg file with no compression, and should be a minimum resolution of 200 dpi and at least 1” x 1.5” in size or they will not be used.

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