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Call for Papers

Alternative and Critical Perspectives on Trusts and Estates

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel announces a Call for Papers that focus on alternative and critical approaches to trust and estate practice and scholarship.

A special issue of the ACTEC Law Journal will be devoted to the intersection of the law of succession —broadly defined— with gender, race, class, age, and inequality, as well as with other areas of the law. The law of wills, trusts, and intestacy is more important than ever in a time of increasing wealth inequality and cultural division.  Potential papers could take many forms, ranging from  empirical work to literature to comparative law to doctrinal analysis to suggestions for reform, etc. 

The issue will be comprised of shorter articles (2500-5000 words). Topics may include developments in tax law, adaptations in legal technology, racial justice and diversity, new or impending statutory reform, remote or electronic estate planning documents, the funeral and death industry, and other topics that demonstrate the way in which the trust and estate landscape is shifting.


Procedure for Submissions

Authors wishing to contribute to this special volume should email a brief proposal with estimated word count to: Professor Naomi Cahn, Editor, ACTEC Law Journal, at  Please include “ACTEC Theme Volume” in the subject line of your e-mail.


Deadline for Proposals: Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Authors will be notified whether their article has been selected for publication by April 11, 2023.  Given the brevity of each article, those that delve into one or two topics in detail are likely to be preferred over more general articles. We encourage submissions by authors from a variety of backgrounds, including those actively involved in fiduciary administration or the practice of law.


Deadline for Final Articles: No Later Than August 1, 2023

Earlier submissions are welcome. Selected articles will be published in the ACTEC Law Journal, Volume 49, Issue 1, with an anticipated publication date of December 2023.