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Editor: Jeremy Telman
Oklahoma City University
School of Law

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Editorial Assistance Available for Law Professors in Need!

One of the great things about working at the Valparaiso University Law School was its talented and dedicated staff.  Among the most talented and dedicated was Karen Koelemeyer, who worked with the Law Review and with faculty on getting manuscripts in shape before final submission.  I rarely send out an article for publication without first sending it to Karen for above- and below-the-line edits.  Thanks to Karen, I have gotten by with my vintage 1999 knowledge of the Bluebook.  I make a good faith effort to get my footnotes into shape, and I leave it to her to tidy up my mess.  I have also relied on Karen to translate my footnotes in accordance with other citation styles.  She knows many on her own, but if you have something exotic, just send her a style manual and she will do the rest.

Karen also has an outstanding eye for line edits.  She has been editing legal manuscripts for decades.  If something doesn't make sense to her, it likely doesn't make sense. 

When Valparaiso University decided to close its law school, faculty and staff scattered to the four winds.  Most of us landed well, but Karen's talents are uniquely suited to editing legal scholarship, and there is not a lot of demand for that skill in Northwest Indiana these days.  Our loss can be your gain. 

If you have a manuscript that you would like edited, contact Karen at [email protected]   She can usually turn things around in a couple of weeks, but if she is backed up with other projects, she will certainly let you know.  The cost will depend on the length of the manuscript and the state of your footnotes ex ante, but Karen will provide a reliable estimate.

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