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June 19, 2019

The American Bankruptcy Law Journal (the "ABLJ") announces that it is accepting applications for the three (3) Associate Editor Positions and four (4) Editorial Advisory Board members. 

Each of these positions are appointed by the NCBJ Board of Governors upon the recommendation of the ABLJ Editorial Advisory Board.

An Associate Editor assists in the editing and publication of the Journal by editing one article in each of the journal’s four issues per year. The Associate Editors are also members of the ABLJ’s Editorial Advisory Board.  The Associate Editor position is for a two-year term, commencing January 1, 2020, and is entitled to a salary of $6,000 per year. The position is renewable for an additional two-year term.  To qualify for this position, the applicant must be a member of the NCBJ. The Associate Editor position requires great attention to detail with both the bluebook citations and the editing of the author’s text.  This involves not only correcting grammatical mistakes in the text and checking quotations, but will often require better organization of the material, cutting redundancies, and clarifying the author’s language so that the reader does not have to struggle to comprehend the material.  Thus, this job will require the judge to invest substantial time working with the author to make the writing a better product.  Applicants should have a love for writing, great attention to detail, and the time necessary to fulfill these obligations on a timely basis.

The Editorial Advisory Board is a thirteen-person board that establishes the editorial policy of the Journal. In addition to the current and immediate past Editor in Chief, the Business Manager, and the four Associate Editors, there are six additional seats on the board to be held by two judges, two practitioners, and two bankruptcy professors.  At present, the terms of one judge, one bankruptcy professor, and two attorney practitioners are expiring.  Attorneys and bankruptcy professors serve a three-year, non-renewable term.  Board members who are judges serve for a three-year term that may be renewed once. 

Advisory board members must attend three or four board meetings per year, either by teleconference or in person.  Sometimes the members are asked to assist with editing an article.  Sometimes they serve on a subcommittee to investigate and make recommendations to the Board on various journal-related matters.  Sometimes they assist with special projects, such as setting up an academic symposium at the Annual NCBJ Conference.  These positions are for a non-renewable term of three years, commencing January 1, 2020. The open positions are for one (1) judge member, two (2) practitioners and one (1) law professor. Unfortunately, these are unpaid positions, but all board members are eligible for reimbursement of travel expenses to the Annual NCBJ Conference, to the extent of the NCBJ’s reimbursement policies. 

Any questions about the open positions may be directed to Editor in Chief Judge Beth Brown. Please submit your application to no later than July 5, 2019.  There is no formal application form.  Instead please send a resume and cover letter with any information you believe is appropriate for the Editorial Advisory Board to consider.