Judge Posner and the Bluebook Blues

Back in 1986, esteemed Court of Appeals Judge Richard A. Posner lamented the inevitable demise of the Bluebook (Uniform System of Citation) when the Sixteenth Edition came out at a “grotesque 255 pages long.” You don’t have to imagine his reaction to the Nineteenth Edition, issued last year with a whopping 511 pages, because Judge Posner has published that reaction in a humorous and common sense Yale Law Journal article titled The Bluebook Blues, 120 Yale L.J. 850 (2011). He does not just criticize the citation manual, however, but provides practical abbreviation and citation pointers in Appendix 2. Read the article yourself which is available from the Yale Law Journal site.

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