Information for Writers and Editors

ela logo vertELA currently publishes a monthly ED LAW Update featuring case commentaries called Case Closeups, Education Law Into Practice (ELIP) resources, special education alerts, and "Cases in Point" short case summaries with takeaways. Under an arrangement with Thompson Reuters, ELA has editorial responsibility for West's Education Law Reporter, in which some of these articles are co-published. ELA also publishes books on education law, which are available from the ELA Bookstore. On this page you can find calls for authors, calls for editors, and calls for proposals for articles in ELA periodicals and for ELA books and book chapters. ELA's Periodicals Committee and Publications Committee, comprising volunteer ELA members, have responsibility for ELA publishing under ELA's Board of Directors.

For inquiries and additional information, please contact ELA at .

ELA Writer Resources

For its publications and periodicals, ELA follows The Bluebook, A Uniform System of Citation, 21st Edition and uses some style conventions approved by our senior editors. The resources linked here include an easy-to-follow, quick reference style guide and instructions for each of the different types of materials that we publish.


2022 Quick Guide (Bluebook style basics)

Circuit Courts by State - February 2022

Map of Circuit Court Coverage - February 2022


ED LAW Update Cases in Point

ED LAW Update Case Closeups (formerly Case Commentaries)

West's Education Law Reporter Education Law Into Practice (ELIP)

West's Education Law Reporter Commentaries

• The Yearbook of Education Law

Call for Case Reporters - 11/3/2022

ELA seeks individuals who would like to be part of a group that monitors court cases in a particular area of education law, selects cases for reporting in a summary with one or two takeaway points for practitioners, and writes these summaries.

The summaries are called "Cases in Point" and published by ELA, currently in its monthly periodical ED LAW Update. ELA is exploring additional digital publishing options. ELA provides advance sheets of court opinions from West.

Cases in both preK-12 and higher education law are covered. Reporters can specify one or more areas and volunteer for one, the other, or both levels of education. Areas law include but are not limited to, employment and labor, finance, First Amendment, governance, privacy, racial discrimination, safety, school choice, special education, Title IX, torts.

This solicitation is ongoing. Interested writers should contact ELA at .


Calls for Authors - 11/3/2022

The Education Law Association (ELA) seeks authors of two types of articles jointly published by ELA and in West's Education Law Reporter (WELR), which is edited by two ELA committees: 

  • Education Law Into Practice (ELIP) articles are short, practical pieces on topics important to practitioners, scholars, and attorneys. The intent of this special section is to publish practical and useful checklists, charts, sample forms, model policies, sample memoranda, sample documents, procedural guidelines, case notes, and short articles supported by citations to statutes and case law. All manuscripts are subject to a peer review process.
  • Case Commentaries, or Case Closeups, are thoroughly-researched manuscripts on a court opinion, or topic of special interest, in education law that is of national significance.

For criteria and proposal instructions, please see these ongoing Call for ELIP Articles and Call for Commentaries.