About the Scribes Journal

The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing has long been a leading voice on matters of legal writing and style. The Journal has been cited in dozens of court opinions and in more than 900 articles and commentaries. The Journal has even found its way onto the pages of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Forbes

The Journal was founded more than three decades ago by longtime Scribes board member Bryan A. Garner, America’s preeminent usage expert, lexicographer, and commentator on legal style. Garner was succeeded as editor-in-chief by Joseph Kimble (Volumes 8 through 14), and Kimble was succeeded by Mark Cooney (Volumes 15 through 20). 

Like her predecessors, the Journal’s current editor-in-chief, Professor Megan E. Boyd, works tirelessly with her editorial to curate and publish fresh, informative articles on all things legal writing, with a purposely eclectic bent.  

Besides works by luminaries of the academic world and practicing bar, the Journal has published pieces by many judges and other prominent public figures. The Journal has also published interviews with eight U.S. Supreme Court justices and five U.S. Court of Appeals judges. To read articles published by these distinguished contributors, please click here


To submit an article for consideration, please email it directly to Professor Boyd at mboyd7@gsu.edu. For additional submission guidelines, please click here

Accessing The Journal

Current individual Scribes members receive one copy of The Journal, and we send new members the most recent copy. 

PDFs of previous volumes are linked below. 

If you’d like to receive a past edition of The Journal in print, please email HeinOnline at orders@wshein.com


Scribes would like to thank the law firm of Collins Einhorn Farrell PC for sponsoring Volume 20. 

If you or your firm would like to sponsor The Journal, please email senior editor Mark Cooney at cooneym@cooley.edu. Sponsors’ names appear prominently on each volume’s back cover, space permitting.