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Yale Finds Error in Legal Stylebook: Harvard Did Not Create It by The New York Times Supreme Court Correspondent and Lawyer, Adam Liptak
Among the low points in an American legal education is the law student’s first encounter with The Bluebook, a 582-page style manual formally known as “A Uniform System of Citation.” It is a comically elaborate thicket of random and counter-intuitive rules about how to cite judicial decisions, law review articles and the like. It is both grotesque and indispensable.
The Harvard Law Review has long claimed credit for creating The Bluebook. But a new article from two librarians at Yale Law School says its rival’s account is “wildly erroneous.” The librarians, Fred R. Shapiro and Julie Graves Krishnaswami, have done impressive archival research and make a persuasive case that their own institution is the guilty party.
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