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1 Gallagher Law Library, May Bluebook 101 Cases Rule 10 Tables T.1, T.6, T.8

2 Gallagher Law Library, May 2011, Law Review vs. Memos Examples will show styles for: Law review footnotes (LR) and Court documents and legal materials (Prac)

3 Typeface Conventions Practitioner style gives you the choice of underscore or italics. This guide uses italics. Gallagher Law Library, May 2011,

4 Washington Courts GR 14 requires all pleadings, motions, and briefs to follow the Washington Reporter of Decisions Style Sheet. It adopts the Bluebook with some exceptions. Gallagher Law Library, May 2011

5 Components Name Published source(s) Court and jurisdiction Date of decision Subsequent history Maybe parenthetical info or prior history » R.10.1

6 Gallagher Law Library, May Case Names Who ever dreamed they could be so complicated?

7 Gallagher Law Library, May Italics, Underlining, etc. In law review text and text sentences, italicize case names, but in footnotes dont. In briefs and memos, always italicize or underline (your choice, just be consistent!). For Washington courts, always italicize or underline case names. Examples below italicize.

8 Gallagher Law Library, May Sentences vs. Citations In a citation, abbreviate more of the case name. » R. 10.2

9 Gallagher Law Library, May Examples Under Erie Railroad v. Tompkins, 304 U.S. 64 (1938), the court must apply Oregon law. Erie R.R. v. Tompkins, 304 U.S. 64 (1938) (law review footnote) Erie R.R. v. Tompkins, 304 U.S. 64, 58 S.Ct. 817, 82 L.Ed (1938) (Washington brief: always italicize name, always give parallel citations)

10 Gallagher Law Library, May First & Only Only give the first party on each side: Andersen v. King County not... » R (a)

11 Gallagher Law Library, May Heather Andersen and Leslie Christian; Peter Ilgenfritz and David Shull; JANET HELSON and BETTY LUNDQUIST; DAVID SERKIN-POOLE and MICHAEL SERKIN-POOLE; VEGAVAHINI SUBRAMANIAM and VAIJAYANTHIMALA NAGARAJAN; ELIZABETH REIS and BARBARA STEELE; and MICHELLE ESGUERRA; and BOO TORRES DE ESGUERRA, Respondents, v. KING COUNTY; RON SIMS, King County Executive; and DEAN LOGAN, King County Director of Records, Elections and Licensing Services Division, Appellants, STATE OF WASHINGTON, Appellant, SENATOR VAL STEVENS; REPRESENTATIVE GIGI TALCOTT; COALITION FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND RENEWAL; NUWANDA ADAMS; TRACEY ARMSTRONG; GERALD BAKER; RICHARD BLAIR; ED COOK; RICK DANNER, SR.; BILL DEMPS; HARVEY DRAKE; GEORGE FROST; ELVIN GLADNEY; AARON HASKINS; RICK KINGHAM; SAMUEL K. LAW; JIMMIE W. LEE; DAN MAGALEI; DANA McCLENDON; TONY MORRIS; NATE MULLEN; PAUL OLVER; JOSEPH PHILLIPS; DAVID PIERSON; JOHN PENTON; KENNETH J. RANSFER, SR.; WILLIE C. SEALS, JR.; PAUL STOOT; WASHINGTON TALAGA; DANIEL VILLA; DAVID WALLACE; THOMAS L. WESTBROOK; DOUG WHEELER; EARNEST WILLIAMS; REGGIE WITHERSPOON; NATHANIEL WOLF; GRANT ZWEIGLE; and WASHINGTON EVANGELICALS FOR RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT, Appellants/Intervenors. CELIA CASTLE and BRENDA BAUER; PAMELA COFFEY and VALERIE TIBBETT; GARY MURELL and MICHAEL GYDE; CHRISTINA GAMACHE and JUDITH FLEISSNER; KEVIN CHESTNUT and CURTIS CRAWFORD; JEFF KINGSBURY and ALAN FULLER; LAURI CONNER and LEJA WRIGHT; ALLAN HENDERSON and JOHN BERQUIST; MARGE BALLACK and DIANE LANTZ; TOM DUKE and PHUOC LAM; and KATHY and KARRIE CUNNINGHAM, Respondents, v. STATE OF WASHINGTON, Appellant.

12 Gallagher Law Library, May Abbreviate Common acronyms (e.g., YMCA) &, Assn, Bros., Co., Corp., Inc., Ltd., and No. Exception: if it begins party name Lots more in citations. » R (c)

13 Gallagher Law Library, May Omit Partys job title – Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, not – Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense » R (e)

14 Gallagher Law Library, May Example Whitman, Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency, et al. v. American Trucking Associations, Inc., et al. becomes in text: Whitman v. American Trucking Assns and in citations: Whitman v. Am. Trucking Assns

15 Gallagher Law Library, May State Name In the states own court – State v. Blakely, 111 Wash. App. 851,.. In another court – Blakely v. Washington, 542 U.S. 296 » R10.2.1(f)

16 Gallagher Law Library, May Geographical Terms PUD No. 1 – Not PUD No. 1 of Jefferson County But include if part of full name of business or organization; include City of: – ACLU of Washington v. City of Seattle » R (k)

17 Gallagher Law Library, May Omit First names – Miranda v. Arizona Unless thats all there is – Michael M. v. Superior Court Or its a company name – Shelton v. Oscar Mayer Foods Corp. » R (g)

18 Gallagher Law Library, May In citations, abbreviate Everything in T.6 States (T.10) unless the state is the whole party name – Wash. Dept of Ecology » R

19 Gallagher Law Library, May Do NOT abbreviate United States if thats the partys whole name. – United States v. Microsoft Corp. » R

20 Gallagher Law Library, May Reporters Parallel – State v. Blakely, 111 Wash. App. 851, 47 P.3d 149 (2002) Regional only – Hawkins v. McGee, 146 A. 641 (N.H. 1929) » R. 10.3

21 Washington Rules Always give parallel citations Use Washington abbreviations: – Wn.2d (not Wash. 2d) – Wn. App. (not Wash. App.) Gallagher Law Library, May 2011

22 Jurisdiction, Court, Year If you cant tell by the reporter, include in parentheses – Hawkins v. McGee, 146 A. 641 (N.H. 1929) » R. 10.4

23 Gallagher Law Library, May No Superscripts! Right: Lara v. Ryan, 455 F.3d 1080 (9th Cir. 2006) Wrong: Lara v. Ryan, 455 F. 3rd 1080 (9 th Cir. 2006) » R. 6.2(b)

24 Gallagher Law Library, May Parentheticals (unpublished) (en banc) (Sanders, J., dissenting) (citing Erie R.R. v. Tompkins, 304 U.S. 64 (1938)) (upholding Three Strikes law)

25 Gallagher Law Library, May Prior & Subsequent History, affd,, vacated,, cert. denied,, modifying, » R & T. 8

26 Gallagher Law Library, May Short Form Whitman v. Am. Trucking Assns, 531 U.S. 457 (2000) In American Trucking Assns, the Court … » R. 10.9(a)(i)

27 Gallagher Law Library, May Help & Examples Legal & General Writing Resources Cite-Checking & Library Research Princes Dictionary of Legal Citations Columbia, Harvard, Penn & Yale Reference librarians, of course!

28 Gallagher Law Library University of Washington School of Law Box Seattle WA We are happy to have our guides used by other libraries, librarians, and legal researchers. Before copying or adapting one of our guides, please contact Cheryl Nyberg (cnyberg [at] uw.edu) to obtain permission. Then give appropriate attribution, such as: "Adapted from a guide by Mary Whisner at the Gallagher Law Library website." Gallagher Law Library, May 2011,


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