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 The Law and Society Association and the whole field of law and society research owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Jeannine Bell, Susan Sterett, and Margot Young, for their work as Editors of Law & Society Review.  As incoming Editor, I am grateful to them for their stewardship of the journal, their generous support of authors and aspiring authors, and their innovations to the Review, including this blog.

The incoming Editorial Board has begun receiving new manuscripts as they are submitted. Jon Gould, Robert Lawless, Elizabeth Mertz, Jennifer Robbennolt and Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve have generously agreed to serve in this role. Together with participation from the Editorial Advisory Board -- a group deeply appreciated and too numerous to list here --  these scholars’ contributions expand the expertise of the journal’s editorial office across disciplines, methods, theoretical traditions, and regions of the world. Danielle McClellan continues to steady the ship as the Review’s accomplished Managing Editor, and Dan Frumer joins as Editorial Assistant. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have stepped up to provide a supportive institutional home for the journal’s work. 

This year, the Review is on track to receive more submissions than ever.  That’s exciting evidence of the vitality of our field and of growing participation from scholars across the academy and around the world.  

In a recent post here, Susan Sterett offers advice for prospective authors. A fundamental part of her message echoes a famous motto from sports marketing: “Just…” --  you probably know how it goes. This advice is spot on. It’s a great post, with some fantastic suggestions and resources.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be offering more ideas and tools for authors. We look forward to learning from your work, supporting its development, and to amplifying its reach.

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