ABA Family Law Quarterly

The Family Law Quarterly is a scholarly journal published by the ABA Section of Family Law. It focuses on important and emerging family law issues and is a valuable resource for judges, lawyers, mental health professionals, court services personnel, law students, and the media. The Quarterly has been edited, under the direction of Professor Linda Elrod, by Washburn Law students since 1992.

In addition to three "regular" issues each year, the Quarterly publishes an annual review of the changes in family law throughout the fifty states. Washburn law students who are on the staff, along with state reporters, select the most important family law cases in each state to report. The "Law in 50" issue is arguably the most anticipated that the Quarterly publishes.

Student Editors and Staff

As with any publication, the Quarterly is only as good as its staff. The student editors are the heart and soul of the Quarterly. It is through their hard work that the Quarterly has remained at Washburn and has become one of the most cited specialty journals in the United States.

Photograph: Family Law Quarterly volume 48 board and staff.
2015-2016 Family Law Quarterly Student Editorial Board and Staff

Learn more about the Family Law Quarterly, including abstracts and archives, at the American Bar Association's Quarterly website.

Editor in Chief
Photograph: Linda Elrod

Linda D. Elrod
Richard S. Righter Distinguished Professor of Law
Director of the Children and Family Law Center

Quarterly is Most Cited Family Law Journal

Family Law Quarterly (FLQ) is one of the most cited law journals in the family law subject area according to Washington and Lee School of Law Library's survey, "Law Journals: Submissions and Ranking, 2006-2013."

  • During the 2006-2013 survey period, the Quarterly was cited 549 times by other law journals and 23 times in court opinions.
  • Since the first ranking in 2003, the Quarterly has been in the top three family law journals cited by other journals and has been ranked first in court opinion citations.

See the list of family law journals included in the survey; to display the ranking, under "Choose Ranking Criteria" select the "Journal Cites" and "Case Cites" options and then click "Submit".