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ACSblog

ACS welcomes your thought and analysis on today’s legal issues. Please contact media@acslaw.org to submit a brief pitch for a blog or other piece you are contemplating authoring. We will then be in touch to discuss your idea and how we might work together moving forward. Thank you.

Notice and Comment

Submitting a comment for a federal or state notice of proposed rulemaking is one of the simplest and essential ways for the public to participate in the rulemaking process ACS’s Notice and Comment initiative identifies opportunities to comment on key regulations put forth by federal and state agencies. ACS monitors the federal register for notices of proposed regulatory changes and highlights select opportunities that may be of interest to our members. Go to Notice and Comment page.

 

Opinions

An op-ed is an opinion piece by a guest writer that discusses important issues. They are a great way for ACS members and others to influence public debates about important legal and constitutional issues. Here are some tips for writing and publishing influential op-eds:

Dublin, Ireland – May 28, 2016: Woman shouting via megaphone to protest housing crisis in Ireland.
  • Be strategic: Before you start writing, take a minute to clarify who is your target, and what you want them to do.
  • Be timely: Move quickly if your opinion piece is in response to a news event like a court decision or an ongoing policy debate.
  • Be unique: Editors don’t want to see something they’re running appear in a competing paper or website. Submit your op-ed one outlet at a time, sending to a second or third or fourth only after one passes.
  • Be provocative: News outlets want to stir minds on their opinion pages. Give them a reason to select your piece for publication.
  • Be concise: While maximum op-ed lengths vary by newspaper, most generally range around 600 to 750 words. Look online or call for their guidelines. Use straight talk. Avoid jargon, and clichés.
  • Be connected: News outlets are more likely to give you space if your piece is connected to the community or to the readership they serve.
  • Be credible: A good rule of thumb is 20 percent argument and 80 percent supporting information.