Share Your Voice
Amplify Your Message
The ACS Expert Forum welcomes blog ideas from all our friends and colleagues in the progressive and legal communities. If you would like to write a blog post for Expert Forum, please submit a short summary of your idea (pitch) and a member of the ACS editorial team will get in touch with you.
Please submit your pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org including:
- The topic of the blog
- Your main messages/points/arguments
- The ideal timing for publication (note any external events we should know about)
- Your title or affiliation, social media handles, and your relationship/experience with ACS
For more information on Expert Forum guidelines, click here.
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.
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:
- 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.