Deadline for 2010 Associate Editor Applications: Friday May 14th at 5pm
Global IP Watch is conducting a global recruitment for volunteer Associate Editors based in Canada, Britain, the European Union, India, South Korea, and the United States. Applicants should be self-motivated law students or developing IP professionals with a demonstrated interest or background in IP and experience with legal writing, editing, or publishing. Associate Editors will be responsible for providing clear, concise and accurate summaries of significant IP decisions from their jurisdiction in a timely manner.
Description of the Associate Editor Position
Associate editors will perform the initial drafts of case summaries which consists of:
- Reviewing cases (and sometimes related materials) to understand the legal and factual issues in dispute;
- This includes identifying links to cited precedents, statutes and patent/trademark registrations that will be included in the summary;
- This may include finding other online discussions about the case and including them as links (to provide readers with multiple resources concerning the case);
- Drafting a concise case summery closely following Global IP Watch guidelines;
- It is desirable to publish summaries in a timely manner after decisions are released. Thus, generally, there is a notable time commitment, approximately 2 hours, required to properly brief cases and condense full opinions to 1000 word summaries. At most, each editor is assigned 1 summary per month.
- Reliable turnaround times are important to allow for a multi-stage editing process, where summaries are peer-reviewed to ensure maximum readability and consistency.
- In light of the above considerations the reliability and self-motivation of each editor is essential and it is expected all participants will reliably contribute to the project. Participation is contingent on contribution.
As these tasks will need to be carried out in creative ways, there is enormous room for ingenuity. Those who are interested in continuing with the project and assuming larger roles may do so by demonstrating a high level of commitment.