Lesson 2 in Legal Citation Fall 2003. Learning How to Use the Bluebook. The Leader Board- Section E. Haffner, Hudson & Williams, LLC. 19 Carter, Holifield & White 14 Jorge Posada Firm, LLP 13 A & M 12 Wishful Thinkers 11 Bluebooks 10 Brown, Garvich & Emfinger 10.
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Learning How to Use the Bluebook
If there are no intervening cites, orin other words if you are citing a caseimmediately previously cited you shoulduse Id. If the page number is differentuse Id. at __, otherwise just use Id.
See for example the form for a case discussion:
In Britt v. Doehring, 242 So. 2d 666 (Ala. 1970), the plaintiff . . . (don’t cite facts). The court held… Id. at 675. The court further explained that… Id.
When there are cites between, useone of the other following short formsto refer to a case previously cited.
Baker v. Verbatim, Inc., 204 So. 2d 101 (Ala. Civ. App. 1980) may be shortened in any of the following ways:
Short form - Statutes
42 U.S.C. § 3412(a) (1940).
Narcotic Rehabilitation Act of 1966, 42 U.S.C. § 3412(a) (1970).