Nassau Lawyer: Article Submission Guidelines

The content of articles submitted by NCBA members to the Nassau Lawyer should be of substantive and procedural legal interest to the members. It is not a forum for individual opinions or political viewpoints, and should not serve as a promotion of products or services.

All articles must be submitted in Microsoft Word format and emailed as an attachment to Editor Sheryl Palley-Engel ( by the deadline date to be included in the next issue. 

All articles will be reviewed and edited by the Publications Committee. Publication is not guaranteed.

Please note that non-members can only submit an article if it is co-authored with an NCBA member. In the event that an article is co-written with an NCBA member, only the NCBA member’s headshot will run with the article. The co-authors’ name will appear only in the byline and tagline.

All articles must be original and not previously published. Articles submitted to the Nassau Lawyer may not be pending consideration for publication by any other periodical when submitted; must not be submitted simultaneously to other publications; and, once submitted for consideration to the Nassau Lawyer, may not be submitted for publication elsewhere until the author is notified by the Nassau Lawyer that the article will not be used in any upcoming editions.

Articles published in the print edition of the Nassau Lawyer will also be available online at Only NCBA members will be able to access the full articles.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure

If an article addresses a matter that the author or his/her firm has handled, a precise description of the involvement must be disclosed in advance to the editors and must be approved at the same time the article topic is approved. Articles submitted by an author or his/her firm for publication on cases that are ongoing (appeals pending, time to appeal remaining, etc.) will not be published. Any involvement of an author or the author’s firm must be indicated specifically in the author’s tag line.


Deadlines must be observed to allow review time for articles by the Publications Committee and to meet the schedule of the printer. Late submissions may not be published in the upcoming edition.

Articles of general interest or Focus articles are due 2 months in advance of the issue publication month. For example, the deadline for articles for the January issue is November 1.

Focus Issue Articles. To best coordinate the content of Focus issues, authors should contact the Focus editor at least 3 months in advance of the deadline to avoid duplication of topics. All articles must be submitted in Microsoft Word format, emailed as an attachment to Editor Sheryl Palley-Engel, and cc'd to the Focus Editor two months in advance of the issue publication month to be included in the Focus topic issue.

Article Format


Articles may range from 1,000 to 2,000 words. Longer articles may be refused, edited for length, or split into two parts and published in two separate editions.


Articles appear under the author’s byline and with his/her headshot. Headshots should be hi-resolution jpg format and emailed with the article. If you need a headshot, contact Hector Herrera ( at the NCBA or 516-740-4070.


At the end of the article include a brief sentence with the author's name, firm  and any experience particularly germane to the article topic.

Example: Joe Smith is a Trust & Estates Partner at Smith Smith and Jones, P.C., Mineola, and former chair of the NCBA Elder Law, Social Services and Health Advocacy Committee.

The Publications Committee reserves the right to edit taglines to meet these guidelines.


All articles must be written in the third person. Do not address the reader. Do not use the imperative tense, "you,” "I," or "our," and do not use contractions. For criminal matters spell out "degree" rather than the symbol, and in all other instances do not use symbols but spell out the name of the symbol, e.g., "percent" not "%.”

Use bullets instead of numbered points.

Write in full sentences, and do not rely on headings to make a point or create transitions. Typographical requirements often mandate deletion of such headings.

Do not italicize Latin or other foreign words and phrases.

Use endnotes for references to statues, case law and legal authority. Keep references to a minimum and limited to provide citations to decisions and other authority discussed and/or quoted. Legal citations should follow the citation system example below. Official citations are appropriate.


Citation Format

A.        Generally

1.         Case names should be italicized and not underlined.

2.         Cite to official reporters only, unless cite is not yet available, in which case cite to slip opinion or regional reporter in that order.

B.         New York Cases

1.         Court of Appeals: Case name, ___ N.Y.2d ___ (20__).

      e.g., Smith v. Jones, 85 N.Y.2d 123 (1996).

2.         Appellate Division: Case name, ___ A.D.2d ___ (# Dept. 20__).

      include department (1st, 2d, 3d, 4th).

      e.g., Smith v. Jones, 214 A.D.2d 123 (2d Dept. 20__).

3.         Miscellaneous: Case name, ___ Misc.2d ___ (___ Ct., ___ Co. 20__).

      add court and country unless otherwise specified.

      use court name abbreviations from Bluebook T.7. (p.287).

      e.g., Smith v. Jones, 165 Misc.2d 123 (Sup. Ct., Albany Co. 1996).

      for New York County the citation should read (Sup. Ct., N.Y. Co. 1996).

      for County Court the citation should read (__ County Ct. 1996).

C.         Federal Cases

1.         U.S. Supreme Court: Case name, ___ U.S. ___(20__).

      Cite to United States Reports only, unless cite is not yet available, in which case cite to S.Ct., L.Ed., or U.S.L.W. in that order.

2.         U.S. Court of Appeals: Case name, ___ F.2d ___ (# Cir. 20__).

      for District of Columbia Court of Appeals the citation should read (D.C. Cir. 20__).

3.         U.S. District Courts: Case name, ___ F.Supp. ___ (S.D.N.Y. 20__).

      include the district & the state; district is identified by southern, middle, northern district.

      for the district court of District of Columbia the citation should read (D.D.C. 20__).

D.        Books & Law Review Articles

1.         Bound, hard cover books should be cited as: Author Name (First, Middle Initial, Last), Book Title,  page # (# edition & year).

      e.g., David D. Siegel, New York Practice 319 (3d ed. 1999).

2.         Law review articles, soft cover pamphlets, manuals & reports titles should be in italics and cited as:

      e.g., Daniel E. Esty, Toward Optimal Environmental Governance, 74 N.Y.U.L. Rev. 1495 (1999).

Please contact Sheryl Palley-Engel for permission on reprints.

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[Revised June 2013]


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