For those of us bedeviled by the Bluebook’s complicated, seemingly arbitrary citation rules, it is interesting to note that The Yale Law Journal disputes Harvard Law Review’s claim of responsibility for it. According to the New York Times, two librarians at Yale Law School, Fred R. Shapiro and Julie Graves Krishnawami, “have done impressive archival […]
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The 20th edition of the Bluebook was recently released. The numbering of the rules in the Bluepages (non-academic citation) now parallels the numbering in the Whitepages (academic citation). Typeface rules were relaxed to permit use of large and small caps in court documents for stylistic purposes. Rule 14 includes more examples of citations for a […]
Via the (new) legal writer blog post titled Cite Right, take a look at an article in the New York Law Journal, The Fine Art of (Persuasively) Citing Cases written by Harry Steinberg. The article shows that citation matters; and it matters a lot. Mr. Steinberg focuses on New York practice and uses examples of […]
The Bluebook is the accepted uniform legal citation system and it currently is in its 19th edition. First year law students are, at majority of schools, required to buy the Bluebook because that is the set of citation rules they will be learning and using during their law school career. So, for all of you […]
We have written about Google Scholar and legal opinions in the past, but it is time for an update. Google has recently announced changes to its Google Scholar display of legal citations. Via Google Scholar Blog post titled Finding Significant Citations for Legal Opinions, Google has significantly changed the way it displays citations for legal opinions. […]
Vox PopuLII is the blog of the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School. Their recent entry about Universal Citation for State Codes discusses citation from the perspective of free and open access to state statutes. The argument is that if courts require citations to official, print versions of state codes, then the availability of […]
Do you remember Zotero? Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself. Via BeSpecific post, check out the new BETA of standalone version of Zotero, the open source reference manager. Zotero is an easy-to-use yet […]
In another ABA Journal posting a Massachusetts lawyer was reprimanded by the State’s Board of Bar Overseers for failing to include ellipses when removing language from a quotation. The lawyer presented a brief in which the statement of facts consisted of a quote from the court below. This implied that the quote included all of the facts […]
Check out this great article appearing in the latest issue of the Florida Bar Journal on the proper — and effective — use of citations and writing appellate briefs.
Posted in Legal Research & Writing on Aug 25th, 2009
In the July 2009 Newsletter of the Federal Courts, titled The Third Branch, is an interesting article titled Internet Materials In Opinions: Citations and Hyperlinking mentioning some “suggested practices” to assist courts on how to deal with citations to Internet materials. The Judicial Conference has issued a series of “suggested practices” to assist courts in […]