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Bluebook 101 Cases. Rule 10 Tables T.1, T.6, T.8. Law Review vs. Memos. Examples will show styles for: Law review footnotes (LR) and Court documents and legal materials ( Prac ). Typeface Conventions.

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    1. Bluebook 101Cases Rule 10 Tables T.1, T.6, T.8 Gallagher Law Library, May 2011 http://lib.law.washington.edu

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

    3. Typeface Conventions • Practitioner style gives you the choice of underscore or italics. This guide uses italics. Gallagher Law Library, May 2011, http://lib.law.washington.edu

    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 http://lib.law.washington.edu

    5. Components • Name • Published source(s) • Court and jurisdiction • Date of decision • Subsequent history • Maybe parenthetical info or prior history • R.10.1 Gallagher Law Library, May 2011 http://lib.law.washington.edu

    6. Case Names • Who ever dreamed they could be so complicated? Gallagher Law Library, May 2011 http://lib.law.washington.edu

    7. Italics, Underlining, etc. • In law review text and text sentences, italicizecase names, but in footnotes don’t. • In briefs and memos, always italicize or underline(your choice, just be consistent!). • For Washington courts, always italicize or underlinecase names. • Examples below italicize. Gallagher Law Library, May 2011 http://lib.law.washington.edu

    8. Sentences vs. Citations • In a citation, abbreviate more of the case name. • R. 10.2 Gallagher Law Library, May 2011 http://lib.law.washington.edu

    9. 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. 1188 (1938) (Washington brief: always italicize name, always give parallel citations) Gallagher Law Library, May 2011 http://lib.law.washington.edu

    10. First & Only • Only give the first party on each side:Andersen v. King Countynot . . . • R. 10.2.1(a) Gallagher Law Library, May 2011 http://lib.law.washington.edu

    11. 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. Gallagher Law Library, May 2011 http://lib.law.washington.edu

    12. Abbreviate • Common acronyms (e.g., YMCA) &, Ass’n, Bros., Co., Corp., Inc., Ltd., and No. • Exception: if it begins party name • Lots more in citations. • R. 10.2.1(c) Gallagher Law Library, May 2011 http://lib.law.washington.edu

    13. Omit • Party’s job title • Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, not • Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense • R.10.2.1(e) Gallagher Law Library, May 2011 http://lib.law.washington.edu

    14. Example • Whitman, Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency, et al. v. American Trucking Associations, Inc., et al. becomes in text: • Whitman v. American Trucking Ass’ns and in citations: • Whitman v. Am. Trucking Ass’ns Gallagher Law Library, May 2011 http://lib.law.washington.edu

    15. State Name • In the state’s own court • State v. Blakely, 111 Wash. App. 851, . . • In another court • Blakely v. Washington, 542 U.S. 296 • R10.2.1(f) Gallagher Law Library, May 2011 http://lib.law.washington.edu

    16. 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. 10.2.1(k) Gallagher Law Library, May 2011 http://lib.law.washington.edu

    17. Omit • First names • Miranda v. Arizona • Unless that’s all there is • Michael M. v. Superior Court • Or it’s a company name • Shelton v. Oscar Mayer Foods Corp. • R. 10.2.1(g) Gallagher Law Library, May 2011 http://lib.law.washington.edu

    18. In citations, abbreviate • Everything in T.6 • States (T.10) unless the state is the whole party name • Wash. Dep’t of Ecology • R. 10.2.2 Gallagher Law Library, May 2011 http://lib.law.washington.edu

    19. Do NOT abbreviate • “United States” if that’s the party’s whole name. • United States v. Microsoft Corp. • R. 10.2.2 Gallagher Law Library, May 2011 http://lib.law.washington.edu

    20. 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 Gallagher Law Library, May 2011 http://lib.law.washington.edu

    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 http://lib.law.washington.edu

    22. Jurisdiction, Court, Year • If you can’t tell by the reporter, include in parentheses • Hawkins v. McGee, 146 A. 641 (N.H. 1929) • R. 10.4 Gallagher Law Library, May 2011 http://lib.law.washington.edu

    23. No Superscripts! • Right: Lara v. Ryan, 455 F.3d 1080 (9th Cir. 2006) • Wrong: Lara v. Ryan, 455 F.3rd 1080 (9th Cir. 2006) • R. 6.2(b) Gallagher Law Library, May 2011 http://lib.law.washington.edu

    24. Parentheticals • (unpublished) • (en banc) • (Sanders, J., dissenting) • (citing Erie R.R. v. Tompkins, 304 U.S. 64 (1938)) • (upholding “Three Strikes” law) Gallagher Law Library, May 2011 http://lib.law.washington.edu

    25. Prior & Subsequent History • , aff’d, • , vacated, • , cert. denied, • , modifying, • R. 10.7 & T. 8 Gallagher Law Library, May 2011 http://lib.law.washington.edu

    26. Short Form • Whitman v. Am. Trucking Ass’ns, 531 U.S. 457 (2000) • In American Trucking Ass’ns, the Court … • R. 10.9(a)(i) Gallagher Law Library, May 2011 http://lib.law.washington.edu

    27. Help & Examples • Legal & General Writing Resources • Cite-Checking & Library Research • Prince’s Dictionary of Legal Citations • Columbia, Harvard, Penn & Yale • Reference librarians, of course! Gallagher Law Library, May 2011 http://lib.law.washington.edu

    28. Gallagher Law LibraryUniversity of Washington School of LawBox 353025Seattle WA 98195-3025 http://lib.law.washington.edu 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, http://lib.law.washington.edu