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Specifications for Article Submissions

Our system works with Windows files.  The file formats that are acceptable include:

  • Microsoft Word or Word Perfect
  • Pictures Files should be sent as hi-resolution JPEG only


E-mail your article, ad or picture to:


Please don’t bother with fancy formatting or styling; use single spacing, leave out tabs, page numbers, margin justification, etc.  However, if you want to emphasize certain text, go ahead and use underlining or bolding as needed.  Any questions please contact our office at 847-244-3143.


If you are a new author for The Docket, please submit a head shot and a short bio about yourself along with you first article submission.  We like to properly acknowledge our authors.


Length restrictions are applicable as follows:

  • Maximum Feature Article (1): 3500 words
  • Minimum Feature Article: 1500 words
  • Maximum Letter to Editor: 825 words
  • Maximum Own Column or other article: 2100 words
  • Minimum Own Column or other article: 620 words
  • The Editorial Board at its discretion chooses feature articles.  Length is not the only criterion employed by the Board in choosing feature articles for publication.

As a rule of thumb, ½ page of art is approximately 400 words of text.  If your article includes art, such as graphs, tables, photos, etc., subtract 400 words from the maximum number of words allowed for each ½ page of art submitted, to arrive at the Docket page maximum.

Articles may be submitted to



MCLE credit writing for The Docket


According to Rule 795(d)(7) of the Supreme Court of Illinois' Minimum Continuing Legal Education Rules, authors who write “law-related articles in responsible legal journals or other legal sources” can get MCLE credit. The Rule states that “[a]n attorney may earn credit for writing law-related articles in responsible legal journals or other legal sources, published during the two-year reporting period, that deal primarily with matters related to the practice of law, professionalism, diversity issues, mental illness and addiction issues, civility, or ethical obligations of attorneys.” The Court's MCLE Rules are available at the MCLE Board's web site at

Can authors claim CLE credit for the time they spend writing and researching articles for the Lake County Bar Association'sThe Docket? The answer depends on whether (1) The Docket qualifies as “ sources” and (2) the article in question qualifies as a “law-related article” addressing one of the listed topics.

On the first issue, to the best of our knowledge, The Docket is a responsible legal sources. On the second issue, each author needs to review Rule 795(d)(7) and, considering the content of the article, determine whether the article is a “law-related article” that “deal[s] primarily with matters related to the practice of law, professionalism, diversity issues, mental illness and addiction issues, civility, or ethical obligations of attorneys.”  For example, an article on a recent fundraiser or networking event would not qualify for MCLE credit. Likewise, a non-substantive news-type feature, such as an article reporting on another speaker’s presentation or another attorney’s accomplishments, would not qualify for MCLE credit.

If your article was published in The Docket and you choose to claim hours you spent writing it toward your MCLE requirement, please keep the following elements of Rule 795(d)(7) in mind:

  • Authors must keep contemporaneous records of the time they spend preparing an article.
  • Authors can earn CLE credit for the actual number of hours spent researching and writing a qualifying article, but – quoting the court’s Rule 795(d)(7)(iii) – “the maximum number of credits that may be earned during any two-year reporting period on a single publication is half the maximum CLE hours required for that reporting period.” For the first two-year reporting period, the maximum for a single publication is 10 hours.
  • Authors can only earn credits for the reporting period in which an article was published, regardless of when it was written.
  • Republication of any article entitles to the author to no additional CLE credits unless he or she made substantial revisions or additions.

For more information, visit the MCLE Board's Web site at

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