Biographical Statement

Once articles have been selected and accepted for publication in February of each year, you will be asked to submit a biographical statement, to be included in the Advocates’ Forum. The biographical statement should include your full name as you would like to see it published. In addition, it is also appropriate to discuss your personal history, academic program and/or field placement, and interest in the article’s subject. The biographical statement may not exceed 75 words. Below is an example taken from the 2003 volume of the Advocates’ Forum:

James Legner is a second-year student at the School of Social Service Administration and the Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy at the University of Chicago. He is a licensed attorney in Illinois and practiced law in Chicago for six years before enrolling at SSA. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the John Marshall Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dayton.


The abstract should appear on the second page of your manuscript, immediately following the title page. The abstract should briefly summarize the argument advanced in your manuscript, and should be limited to no more than 100 words. For additional guidance on composing abstracts, see the APA Publication Manual, p. 12. Below is an example taken from an issue of Advocates’ Forum (Charlotte L. Hamilton, “Anti-Drug Legislation and the Rising Incarceration of Women: Recommendations for Future Sentencing Reform,” Advocates’ Forum [2005]: 33-43).

The Anti-Drug Abuse Acts of 1986 and 1988 led to a rapid increase in the number of incarcerated Americans. The rate of female incarceration has risen at a particularly high rate over the past 20 years. This article discusses the evolution of drug sentencing policy since 1986. It looks at characteristics of incarcerated women in order to understand how drug policy has influenced this population. The way women participate in the drug trade interacts with minimum sentencing laws to contribute to the rise in female incarceration. The article concludes with policy recommendations for a more equitable drug sentencing system.

Lauren Feig

Lauren Feig, AM '14

“I feel incredibly lucky to be working at CCYVP and for the Coalition for Evidence-based Policy. Doing so has given me the opportunity to sharpen my research, writing, and communication skills, assets that will be particularly valuable as I move forward in my career.”