Thursday, September 15, 2011

Harry Potter and Bluebook Rule 10.2

Wow.  Here's some great news from Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Elon's Library Director Kate McLeod and LRW Professor Patricia Perkinshave been working since last spring on their secret passion to be movie directors and to bring the Bluebook to life.  Harry Potter and Bluebook Rule 10.2 -- I can see it now!  
Or maybe not exactly that title.  But Kate and Patricia have created a series of short videos designed to help students learn legal citation.  They received some deservedly wonderful feedback and suggestions during a “test run” at last spring’s North & South Carolina Legal Research andWriting Colloquium, and now we learn from Catherine Wasson (the Director of Legal Research and Writing at Elon) that the first several videos in this ongoing project are now available for viewing on the Elon Law website.    The videos are about 3 to 5 minutes long (about the attention span of my students), and each shows students how to construct a certain part of a case citation.    
Catherine tells us that more videos on case cites, statutes, and other sources are in the works – and that Kate and Patricia welcome your feedback and suggestions as they continue to create new videos for the series and slowly work their way to Hollywood.   Here's one of their videos:
Hat tips to Catherine Wasson, Kate McLeod, and Patricia Perkins.  Click here for more videos.

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