An Organized Section of the American Political Science Association
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Vol. 19, No. 1 - Winter 2009
General Information - Newsletter
Law and Courts publishes articles, notes, news items, announcements, commentaries, and features of interest to members of the Law and Courts Section of the APSA. Law and Courts publishes three editions a year (Fall, Summer, and Spring). Deadlines for submission of materials are: February (Spring), June 1 (Summer), and October 1 (Fall). Contributions to Law and Courts should be sent to the editor:
Todd Collins, Editor
Law and Courts Department of Political Science and Public Affairs
Western Carolina University
360 A Stillwell Building
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Articles, Notes, and Commentary
We will be glad to consider articles and notes concerning matters of interest to readers of Law and Courts. Research findings, teaching innovations, release of original data, or commentary on developments in the field are encouraged.
Footnote and reference style should follow that of the American Political Science Review. Please submit your manuscript electronically in MS Word (.doc) or compatible software. Graphics are best submitted as separate files. In addition to bibliography and notes, a listing of website addresses cited in the article with the accompanying page number should be included.
Collections of related articles or notes are especially welcome. Please contact the Editor if you have ideas for symposia or if you are interested in editing a collection of common articles. Symposia submissions should follow the guidelines for other manuscripts.
Announcements and section news will be included inLaw and Courts, as well as information regarding upcoming conferences. Organizers of panels are encouraged to inform the Editor so that papers and participants may be reported. Developments in the field such as fellowships, grants, and awards will be announced when possible.
Books to Watch For
Finally, authors should notify BOOKS TO WATCH FOR EDITOR: Drew Lanier, Drew.Lanier@ucf.edu, of publication of manuscripts or works soon to be completed.
* Note: In Summer 1983 law and courts scholars of the American Political Science Association decided to organize a section and, among other things, establish a sectiton newsletter to be published three times per year. The first newsletter was circulated in Fall 1983 (Vol. 1, No. 1) and subsequent issues followed in Spring 1984 (Vol. 1, No. 2) and Summer 1984 (Vol. 1, No. 3). New volumes began each fall and followed this fall-spring-summer publishing schedule with some irregularity. The Summer 1985 issue (Vol. 2, No. 3) was either not published or is missing from the archives. The Spring 1989 issue (Vol. 6, No. 3) was either mistakenly numbered "3" insted of "2" or there is an issue missing from the archives (Vol. 6, No. 2) that was perhaps issued in Winter 1988. The numbering continued with Summer 1989 (Vol. 6, No. 4) that is also mistakenly numbered or accurate depending on the existence of Vol. 6, No. 2. It appears that Vol. 7 consists of only two issues: Fall 1989 (No. 1) and Summer 1990 (No. 2) with a Spring 1990 issued skipped.
In addition, the Fall 1991 and Spring 1992 issues were mistakenly listed as Vol. 8, Nos. 2 and 3. They should have been Vol. 9, Nos. 1 and 2 and should not be confused with the accurately listed Vol. 8, Nos. 2 and 3 (Spring 1991 and Summer 1991). The subsequent five issues have no volume or issue number printed on them: Summer 1992, Fall 1992, Spring 1993 (which the cover page also mislabled as Fall 1992), Summer 1993, and Winter 1993. The latter issue reflects a break with the previous standard of the fall-spring-summer issue cycle. Instead, the subsequent standard followed a spring-summer-winter cycle. Also, the volume numbers were reset to begin the spring 1994 issue with Vol. 4. All subsequent volumes followed in number order. Thus, the original Volumes 4-10 or so (covering 1986-1993) should not be confused with the latter Volumes 4-10 (covering 1994-2000). The Spring, Summer, and Winter 1996 issues were not labled but should have been listed as Vol. 6, Nos. 1-3. The Spring 1997 issue is labeled Vol. 7, No. 2 but there appears not to be a Vol. 7, No. 1 issue. The archives contain Spring 1998 (Vol. 8, No. 2) but it is unclear what was published (and what is potentially missing) both before and after that issue. Thus, we are searching for the following issues: Summer 1997, Winter 1997, Summer 1998. We are also missing Summer 1999 (Vol. 9, No. 2). It appears that Vol. 10, No. 1 was skipped as the archives contain Winter 1999 (Vol. 9, No. 3) and Spring 2000 (Vol. 10, No. 2).