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Michigan Bar Journal

Article Submission Process | Theme Schedule | Letters to the Editor | Short-Story Contest
MBJ Online Archives | Index of Articles | Advertising Opportunities | Readership Survey Results

The March 2015 issue is now available

Help Guide for Mobile and Tablet Readers

Please send suggestions for continued improvement of the mobile version to

Bar Journal articles and columns can still be accessed through the MBJ online archive.

Short-Story Contest

    The Michigan Bar Journal is looking for original, unpublished, fictional, law-related short stories for its fifth short-story contest. An independent panel of judges will determine the winning entries to be published in the August 2015 issue of the Michigan Bar Journal. Stories that make it to the finalist round will be posted online in this space.

    Authors of winning stories will receive the following prizes or recognition:

    • A Donation in the Author’s Honor of $300 to the Access to Justice Fund,
      Which Supports Civil Legal Aid to the Poor
    • Bed & Breakfast Overnight Package—Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
    • Pair of Main-Floor Tickets, 2015-2016 Season—Detroit Symphony Orchestra
    • Pair of Tickets to a Non-Broadway Show, 2015-2016 Season—Wharton Center
      for Performing Arts, East Lansing
    • Plaza Dreams Overnight Package—Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids

    Click here for contest rules and entry form. Entry deadline is March 1, 2015.

Article Submission Process

    The Michigan Bar Journal accepts the following for publication: (1) general-interest articles, (2) theme issue articles, and (3) contributions to a column.

    General-interest articles are considered for publication by the Journal's three-member article review committee. Theme issue articles must pertain to the specific theme topic and will be considered for publication by the issue editor. Click here for a list of future theme issues. Contributions to a column must pertain specifically to the column's topic. The column editor will then consider these for publication. All articles and columns must conform to the Michigan Bar Journal's guidelines:

    Submit your article electronically to Linda Novak, editor, at You may mail your article, along with a copy on disk, to:

      Linda Novak, Editor
      Michigan Bar Journal
      State Bar of Michigan
      306 Townsend St.
      Lansing, MI 48933-2012

Letters to the Editor

    Readers are invited to address their own comments and opinions to or mail to:

      Linda Novak, Editor
      Opinion and Dissent
      Michigan Bar Journal
      State Bar of Michigan
      306 Townsend Street
      Lansing, MI 48933-2012

MBJ Online Archives

    Searching for a past Michigan Bar Journal article? You have two options:

    • Copies of complete issues of the Michigan Bar Journal from 1921 to the present are available in a searchable archive through HeinOnline. Log in to the member area and select "Bar Journal Search." At the HeinOnline home page, select "Michigan Bar Journal" below Subscribed Libraries to display a list of all MBJ issues by volume number and year. For assistance, select "Help" from the HeinOnline menu.

    • High-quality pdfs of feature and general articles, department columns, and of-interest pieces published in January 2001 to the present are available in the MBJ archive. Articles published in 2000 are available in the MBJ archive in html format.

    To request a copy of a specific article, print the article request form and mail or fax to SBM. To order 25 or more copies of an article, use our article reprint service form.

Index of Articles

    Articles published from 1980 through September 2006 have been indexed by topic, author, and title. If you're searching for an article by topic, click here for a cumulative topic list.

Advertising Opportunities

Readership Survey Results



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