Thursday, August 14, 2008
The Volokh Conspiracy blawg reports that a recent brief to a federal court contained an unusual and complicated citation to an opinion. Rather than cite the slip opinion according to conventional citation standards, the brief's author provided a complicated set of drill-down instructions to a link in one of Volokh's postings that included a link to the opinion. As Volokh notes, there are easier ways to get to the opinion, and the brief-writer certainly could have just attached a copy of the opinion to his brief. He adds, "But on the other hand, I like the idea of our site being a special library in which precious documents can be found, even if only through elaborate instructions passed along by the cognoscenti."