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We welcome the following blog entries:
  1. Discussion of your LSR article
  2. Book Discussion
  3. Research Summary 
  • Entries will focus on sociolegal perspectives;
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  • And be written to appeal to general readers
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Please include a short title for the piece, as well as the author's full name and university affiliation (if relevant).

We look forward to reading your submission.

Jeannine Bell, Indiana University
Susan Sterett, Virginia Tech
Margot Young, University of British Columbia

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