For The Defense

The Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer’s premier digital magazine, For the Defense, publishes timely and enlightening articles composed by some of the most renowned criminal defense lawyers. These authors present the most recent decisions in state and federal matters pertaining to defense attorneys and their practices. For the Defense is published quarterly.  It is available to members only.

‚ÄčIf you are interested in submitting an article for consideration, first contact PACDL staff to discuss the topic and its treatment.  Our aim is to provide all authors with an efficient, courteous and constructive editorial process.  To achieve its required level of quality, For the Defense is highly selective in the manuscripts that it publishes.  Below are some of PACDL's guidelines if you are interested in submitting a manuscript to the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL) for review and publication in the December 2020 and 2021 issues.
Briefly, to be considered for publication in For the Defense, any given manuscript must offer well-written, factual, up-to-date content that is of interest to our readers and written to inform, educate or in a meaningful way have a positive impact on criminal defense law and practice.  An author’s manuscript must also satisfy the following criteria: 1) originality; 2) innovation and thought leadership; 3) high importance to researchers, practitioners or legal theorists; and 4) significant and practical insight into criminal law issues and concerns.  Manuscripts should particularly focus on the practical implications for practitioners so that our membership can perform at their highest levels when representing their clients that includes legal citations to it remains a strong resource. PACDL invites manuscripts and reports on original research and comments on case law, procedural rules, statutes, and other issues that are of sufficient quality and interest to our members. Original manuscripts that have not been previously published are preferred. 

Authors do not have to know a member of the editorial board to submit a manuscript for consideration.  An author who makes a pre-submission inquiry can anticipate a response normally within one week.  A response may take longer if consultation between members of the Editorial Board is required.  If you are invited to submit your manuscript, we will do our best to provide an expeditious initial assessment of the complete manuscript for suitability.