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As I See It (Opinion Article) Guidelines

“As I See It” is a forum for expression of ideas on the law, the legal profession, and the administration of justice. The statements and opinions expressed are those of the authors, and no endorsement of these views by the CBA should be inferred.

  • Submissions should be sent to the As I See It coordinating editor; please include the author’s name, firm name, and area of expertise.
  • The suggested word count is between 1,500 and 3,000 words, but longer or shorter articles will be considered.
  • Citations should be provided where appropriate.
  • Criticism should be presented with restraint and good taste and should focus on the issues rather than on individuals. Submissions that include personal attacks, contain language that may be deemed defamatory, or are inconsistent with the objectives of the CBA will not be published.
  • Analysis, opinion, and criticism of the present state of the law should be supported by sufficient legal authority to enable the reader to assess the validity of the opinion.
  • Articles should contribute in a positive way to the profession. When criticism is voiced, suggestions for reform should also be included. When advocating a position, the author should address valid arguments on the other side.
  • The CBA is mindful of the publication’s role in promoting civility and professionalism and reserves the right to accept or reject any article. The committee will decline articles that are poorly written, denigrate the legal profession, relate to partisan politics, advocate or oppose a particular candidacy for a political or judicial office, promote a specific business or type of business, or otherwise violate ethical standards.
  • Opposing viewpoints are welcome and will be published when appropriate. Articles may also be submitted in point/counterpoint format.
  • If approved, authors will be asked to sign a license agreement that gives Colorado Lawyer permission to publish the work in the print magazine and on the Colorado Lawyer website. Authors retain copyright of their work and may republish their work in other media.