The State Bar of Texas Entertainment and Sports Law Journal (“Journal“) is published biannually and delivered free via email to all Section members. The Journal’s mission is to provide current practical and scholarly literature to Texas lawyers practicing sports or entertainment law, in an informative and interesting format. The Journal typically contains cutting-edge articles of developing issues in sports and entertainment law, written by leaders in the field. Many law libraries subscribe to the Journal. The Journal’s current editorial board consists of: Joel Timmer, Editor; and, Stephen Aguilar, Associate Editor.
The Journal seeks to include articles of interest with law review quality content. However, not being a law review, the Journal appeals to a broad base of readers with a flexible presentation. Combining both sports law and entertainment law in one publication, article topics are varied and touch on all aspects of law as applied to sports and entertainment. Authors range from student writers to law school professors to attorney practitioners.
All submissions are considered. Articles should be practical and scholarly to an audience of Texas lawyers practicing sports or entertainment law. As general guidelines, articles should be no more than twenty-five typewritten, double-spaced, 8 ½” x 11” pages, including any endnotes. Endnotes must be concise, placed at the end of the article, and in Harvard “Blue Book” or Texas Law Review “Green Book” form. Please submit articles via e-mail in Word format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once an article is submitted, the Journal does not request any additional authorization from the author to publish the article. Due to the number of submission and the number of potential publications in the marketplace, it is nearly impossible to monitor publication of submission in other publications. It is up to the author to assure that we are notified should there be any restrictions on our use of the article. This policy has been implemented to assure that our Journal does not violate any other publication’s limitation on republication. The Journal does not restrict republication, and in fact encourages, submission of an author’s article to other publications prior to or after our election to publish. Obviously the Journal will make the appropriate attribution where an article is published with permission of another publication, and request such attribution to the Journal if we are the first to publish an article.
The Journal’s founding corresponds with inception of the Section in 1990. The first issue, Vol. 1, No. 1, was published in December 1989 with Ronald Kaiser, who taught at Texas A&M University, as the first Journal editor. Mr. Kaiser served as Journal editor for 11 issues, through Volume 4 No. 2, Winter 1995. Beginning with Volume 5 No.1, Winter 1995, Sylvester Jaime became editor and helmed the Journal for fifteen years, and 38 issues, through Volume 20 No.2, Fall 2011, developing the Journal’s reputation as one of the finest in the nation. In 2011, the Section began publishing the Journal electronically, responding to Section member preferences and to reduce costs and paper usage. Craig Crafton succeeded Mr. Jaime as Journal Editor beginning in 2012. Mike Farris served as Editor in 2014 and Joel Timmer took over as Editor in 2015. The Journal is published twice per year around the Section’s annual Entertainment Law Institute (ELI) and the Section’s Annual State Bar Meeting.