Thursday, November 20, 2014

Streamlining Citations

At the Student Lawyer, Bryan Garner makes the case for streamlining citations. For example, here is the original:

In K-Mart v. Ponsock, 103 Nev. 39, 40, 732 P.2d 1364, 1371 (1987), abrogated (in part) by Ingersoll-Rand Co. v. McClendon, 498 U.S. 133, 111 S.Ct. 478, 112 L.Ed. 2d 474 (1990), the Nevada Supreme Court addressed the basis of the public-interest element: whether contractual damages alone would fail to make the victim whole and hold the bad-faith perpetrator accountable. Such situations arise when the contract’s aim is to secure peace of mind and to protect from property loss. Cf. Great Am. Ins. Co. v. General Builders, Inc., 113 Nev. 346, 355, 113 P.2d 257, 263 (1997). Several states have also applied this element to special transactions without a profit-motivation, again for security, peace of mind, etc. See Embry v. Innovative Aftermarket Sys. L.P., 2010 Okla. 82, 247 P.3d 1158, 1160; Ammondson v. NW Corp., 2009 MT 331, 353 Mont. 28, 48, 220 P.3d 1, 16; Rogoff v. Grabowski, 200 Cal. App. 3d 624, 631, 246 Cal. Rptr. 185, 190 (Ct. App. 1988).

In Garner’s streamlined form, that passage would read like this:

In K-Mart v. Ponsock, the Nevada Supreme Court addressed the basis of the public-interest element: whether contractual damages alone would fail to make the victim whole and hold the bad-faith perpetrator accountable. (Nev 1987 at 1371.) Such situations arise when the contract’s aim is to secure peace of mind and to protect from property loss. (Cf. Great Am., Nev 1997 at 263.) Several states have also applied this element to special transactions without a profit-motivation, again for security, peace of mind, etc. (See Embry, Okla 2010 at 1160; Ammondson, Mont 2009 at 16; Rogoff, CalApp 1988 at 190.)

 Garner's system depends on using electonic research; you plug in the state, the date, and maybe the page number, and you pull up the case.You can read more here.

I think a bigger problem is the excessive number of citations that often clog up a document. In academic writing, still another problem is excessive and lengthy textual footnotes—a phenomenon you rarely see in other disciplines.

(ljs)

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_skills/2014/11/streamlining-citations.html

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