Appellate Advocacy Blog

Editor: Tessa L. Dysart
The University of Arizona
James E. Rogers College of Law

Monday, October 9, 2023

The Rise and Fall of the Roman Numeral

Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day. As President Biden said in 2021, "On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, our Nation celebrates the invaluable contributions and resilience of Indigenous peoples, recognizes their inherent sovereignty, and commits to honoring the Federal Government’s trust and treaty obligations to Tribal Nations."

While I am not quite sure it can be called an "invaluable contribution," I am thrilled to share that my essay, The Rise and Fall of the Roman Numeral, has been published in the latest issue of the Green Bag. You can find the issue (with a link to my article) here.

In the essay, I explore the use of lower-case Roman numerals (romanettes) to paginate the front matter for appellate briefs. I look both at SCOTUS practice and the recently changing practice in the states.  If you don't have time to read all 7 pages, I can give you the tl;dr--it is time to do away with romanettes and  use Arabic numbers. I feel so passionately about the subject, I might even propose a rules change to the Arizona Supreme Court in an effort to update my state's rules.

I have been thinking about this essay for years (literally), so I was thrilled to finally finish writing it. I am also grateful to the good folks at the Green Bag for agreeing to publish it. 

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