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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Symposium and Call for Papers on Confronting Scientific Evidence

The release:

The New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement and the New England School of Law seek submissions concerning the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts. The Court’s June 25 decision may dramatically change procedures for admitting forensic evidence in criminal trials, and it already presents challenges for prosecutors, defense attorneys and courts around the country.

On November 13, the Journal is presenting a symposium, “Confronting Forensic Evidence: Implications of Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts & Briscoe v. Virginia,” that will examine the impact of the contentious decision. Submissions selected for publication will appear in Volume 36, Issue 2, along with papers written by symposium participants.

The issue will be published in May 2010. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 21, 2010.

Manuscripts should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Conform text and citations to the 18th edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. We are unlikely to accept submissions that substantially deviate from Bluebook form.
  • Provide a cover letter including your name, school or affiliation, title of your manuscript, address, telephone number and e-mail address.

We encourage, but do not require, the provision of an abstract and conformity with the 15th editing of the
Chicago Manual of Style or The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style. We prefer articles with fewer than 25,000 words (or roughly 50 law review pages), including footnotes. Longer articles will only be published in
exceptional circumstances, and shorter essays are also welcomed.

The New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement reserves the right to edit all manuscripts and
letters. Nonetheless, major changes in substantive manuscript content will not be made without the author’s permission. The permission is requested by the Journal.

Submissions should be e-mailed to For more information, call Editor-in-Chief Che Odom at (617) 422-7238 or e-mail

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