The Journal of The DuPage County Bar Association

Guidelines for Submissions to the DCBA Brief

AUTHOR'S AGREEMENT. Every story submitted to the Brief must include a signed author's agreement CLICK HERE for a copy.

WRITER'S GUIDELINES. CLICK HERE for a copy. Please note that each author will receive 3 - 5 copies of the issue in which an article appears once published.  

The DCBA Brief is the journal of the DuPage County Bar Association. The DCBA Brief is a multi-column format magazine that publishes legal articles, news, announcements, advertisements and other information of interest to members of the DuPage County legal community. All submissions should be written on topics of interest to the magazine’s audience and are subject to approval and editing by the Editorial Board. If an article requires extensive changes, the author may be asked to make such changes himself or herself.  The editors may add or change titles, headings and captions as appropriate.  All submitted materials must be signed by the author and include a signed copy of the Author’s Agreement to be considered for publication. 

Following are general guidelines that authors should consider in preparing material for consideration in the Brief.  These guidelines are not set in stone -- exceptions may be made -- but they provide a general overview of the kind of material we are looking for and should be reviewed by anyone considering the possibility of writing a story for the Brief:

  1. Authors should be involved in the DCBA bar, the DuPage County courthouse, or the legal profession generally, and may include lawyers, paralegals, law students, legal instructors (regardless of whether they work in the public or private sector) and DCBA or courthouse employees.
  2. Material submitted should be original to the DCBA Brief and not reprinted from websites, brochures or other sources. Exceptions we will consider include ADVANCE copies (or excerpts submitted by the author) from work to be published by national publishers; and transcripts or copies of material that we want to ensure the membership has for some other reason (i.e. the new President's installation speech).
  3. Authors should avoid writing in first-person when talking about case successes or expertise (we do not accept articles with blatant self-promotion).
  4. Articles about the law must cite the law to which it refers.  If authorities are referenced in an article, they must be cited.
  5. There should be a topical reason for any profile we run, aside from just how interesting the subject of the profile is. An example would be a newly appointed or elected judge for the 18th circuit.  Persons up for election/re-election in the near future will not be profiled prior to election.

General Guidelines

  • Articles should be submitted in Times New Roman, 12 point type, in Microsoft Word format, and emailed to the editor or lead articles editor.
  • Articles will not be accepted for publication without a signed Author Agreement.
  • Authors must submit a biography with their articles.  The author’s biography, which should be no more than 50 words in length and will generally appear at the front of the article, must include the author's name, current professional position, and the name of all undergraduate and law schools from which the author graduated.  Biographies may also include any other credentials or background information the author would like to have considered for publication. 
  • Authors must submit a high resolution photograph of themselves with their articles. The author’s photograph must be of a professional, publishable quality.  Images should be saved and sent with each article as high-quality .jpg files (300ppi and no smaller than 2" x 3").
  • The editors will generally not consider material which is self-promoting in focus.  Articles which discuss the author’s skills or experience, for example, or profiles about individuals the author is attempting to promote or curry favor with, will not be considered.  
  • Articles should not include tables or charts (except if prepared as accompanying graphics).
  • Headings appear in bold at the beginning of the first paragraph for a given section and authors should therefore not structure their submissions to include sub-headings of any kind.
  • Neither underlining nor small caps should be used in any article, news, or feature story.
  • Do not include page numbers.
  • Do not include bullet points.


  • Articles should be no longer than six to eight pages in length, double-spaced (including footnotes) in Times New Roman 12-font, generally 2400-3200 words, though longer articles may be considered. 
  • Articles should be written in a professional, interesting, and informative manner. They should have a clearly defined introduction, body, and conclusion. Headings should be inserted at appropriate places.
  • Authors should submit a suggested title that succinctly summarizes their article.
  • Footnotes should be avoided in the first paragraph or two.
  • All citations should be limited to a maximum of 30 words and formatted as footnotes, not endnotes and thoroughly researched and using proper formatting.
  • Generally, Rule 23 Opinions are not suitable for citation in Brief articles.
  • References to the applicable law should be supported by current and appropriate citation to authority.  Articles published in the DCBA Brief may be republished on Westlaw and are generally intended to provide the magazine’s readers with references to appropriate authorities as well as other secondary sources.  Articles which do not reference the applicable, in footnotes, are therefore not considered.
  • Names of cases should appear in italics.  Citations to cases and other materials must appear as footnotes.  For Illinois cases, both state reporter and regional reporter (N.E.2d) citations should be used, such as Turnbull v. Porter, 55 Ill. App. 2d 374, 206 N.E.2d 97 (3rd Dist. 1964). For cases from other jurisdictions, only the regional reporter should be cited, with the name of the court inserted before the date, such as State v. Smith, 832 P.2d 435 (Ariz. 1989). Cite-checking is the responsibility of the author.
  • Id., supra, infra, and other cross-references should be used sparingly and avoided altogether if possible. 
  • Authors should make every attempt to limit the number of citations to material from the internet.  When necessary, such citations should be to reliable, established websites that are unlikely to change in the foreseeable future. Citing websites like Wikipedia are not acceptable.
  • Republication of all or any portion of a legal article will require reprint permission from the DCBA and must include all appropriate attributions.


All articles, editorial comments, and/or suggestions should be submitted in the stated format directly to the lead article editor, if known, or to the current editor:

Editor, Dexter Evans
Woodruff, Johnson & Evans
4234 Meridian Pkwy
Suite 134
Aurora, IL  60504