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Bluebook & Legal Citations: For Washington Undergraduate Law Review. Ann Hemmens University of Washington Gallagher Law Library October 24, 2007. Primary & Secondary Authority. Primary Statement of "the law" from bodies with law-making authority Secondary

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bluebook legal citations for washington undergraduate law review

Bluebook & Legal Citations:For Washington Undergraduate Law Review

Ann Hemmens

University of Washington Gallagher Law Library

October 24, 2007

primary secondary authority
Primary & Secondary Authority
  • Primary
    • Statement of "the law" from bodies with law-making authority
  • Secondary
    • Explain, interpret, and help you locate the primary law
    • Includes: Treatises, Hornbooks, law review articles, legal encyclopedias, Restatements, Nutshells etc.
how do sources of law interact
How do Sources of Law Interact?
  • Court interprets a statute
  • An earlier court decision is overruled by same court
  • Statute held unconstitutional by a court
  • Legislature writes statute in response to a case
  • Agency proposes new rule in response to statute.
legal citation
Legal Citation
  • The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation(KF245 .U5 2005 18th ed. in Reference Area)
  • Cases
    • Pate v. Threlkel, 661 So.2d 278 (Fla. 1995)
    • Party 1 v. Party 2, [volume number] [reporter name] [page number] ([jurisdiction sometimes] [year]).
statutes
Statutes
  • Organized chronologically
  • Called: Session laws
    • U.S. Statutes at Large (Stat.)
    • Laws of Washington
  • Organized by subject
  • Called: A Code
    • U.S. Code (USC)
    • Revised Code of Washington (RCW)
legal citation formats
Legal Citation Formats
  • Public Law
    • Pub.L. No. 107-56
  • Statutes at Large
    • 115 Stat. 276
  • Codes
    • 42 U.S.C. § § 9601-9675 (2004)

Title – United States Code – Sections – (year)

    • RCW 46.20.308 (2006)

Revised Code of Washington

Title – Chapter – Section

image of public law
Image of Public Law
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Pub. L. No. 104-191.
constitutions
Constitutions
  • The fundamental law of a nation or state, establishing the organization of government and prescribing the extent of its’ sovereign power.
  • Citation Format
    • U.S. CONST. art. I, § 9.
    • W.A. CONST. art. IV, § 4.
administrative law
Administrative Law
  • Rules, regulations, and decisions created by administrative agencies (federal and state).
  • Agency is authorized by Statute
    • Power to issue regulations & adjudicate disputes delegated to executive agencies by Congress via an enabling statute.
regulations
Regulations
  • Federal Register
    • Published daily
    • Includes: proposed regs & new regs
    • Presidential documents
      • Executive Orders & Proclamations
  • Code of Federal Regulations
    • Current rules & regulations in force
    • Published annually
citation format regulations
Citation Format: Regulations
  • 65 Fed. Reg. 3415 (Jan. 21, 2000)

Volume – Federal Register – Page (date)

  • 7 CFR § 319.76 (2003)

Title–Code of Federal Regulations–Section (year)

sample regulation
Sample Regulation
  • 42 CFR Part 121
secondary sources
Secondary Sources
  • Law Review Articles
    • Full-Text on LexisNexis Academic
    • Full-Text on Hein Online (“citation navigator”)
    • Index to find articles, LegalTrac
  • American Law Reports(ALR) KF 132 in Reference Area. Index at end of set.
  • Books
    • Law Library Catalog vs. UW Libraries Catalog
    • SUMMIT (both of above plus more!)
update your research using citators
Update Your Research Using Citators
  • Shepard’s (available on LexisNexis Academic)(http://www.lib.washington.edu/subject/Law/)
  • KeyCite (available on Westlaw when visit Gallagher Law Library)
legal citation17
Legal Citation
  • The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (KF245 .U5 2005 18th ed. in Reference Area)
  • Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (LII 2006 ed.), by Peter W. Martin (http://www.law.cornell.edu/citation/)
  • Bluebook entry in Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluebook)
  • User’s Guide to the Bluebook, by Alan Dworsky (KF245 .D853 2006 Ref Area)
  • Cite Right, by Charles Lipson (PN171.F56 L5 2006 Ref Area)
  • Doing Honest Work in College, by Charles Lipson (PN171 .F56 L56 2004 Ref Area)
  • Citing & Typing the Law, by C.Edward Good (KF245 .G66 1997 Ref Area).
  • Legal Writing and Research: A Selected Annotated Bibliography, http://library.lawschool.cornell.edu/WhatWeDo/HelpStudents/Research-and-Writing-Aids.cfm
sample citations yeah
Sample Citations – yeah!
  • Bluebook 101, from Gallagher Law Library, http://lib.law.washington.edu/ref/bluebook101.html
  • See if someone else cited the document in a previously published law review article in(1) Columbia Law Review, (3) Harvard Law Review, (2) Univ. of Penn. Law Review, or (4) Yale Law Journal (the EDITORS of the Bluebook!!!)
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Need Help?
    • Call the Reference Office 543-6794
    • Email the Reference Office, lawrefst@u.washington.edu