Please Vote on Two Citation Formats

Joseph Kimble

Thomas M. Cooley Law School

May 2010

Michigan Bar Journal, Vol. 89, p. 44, May 2010

Some authorities on legal writing believe that citations - but only citations, not incidental talk - should go in footnotes. I decided to survey Michigan lawyers on this question. In this article, I presented side-by-side versions of three passages and asked readers to vote on which group reads better. The passages are identical except for placement of the footnotes. Which group would you vote for? I reported the results in a later article, also available on SSRN.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 2

Keywords: legal writing, citations, footnotes, placement of citations

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Date posted: March 8, 2011  

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Kimble, Joseph, Please Vote on Two Citation Formats (May 2010). Michigan Bar Journal, Vol. 89, p. 44, May 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1777506

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Joseph Kimble (Contact Author)
Thomas M. Cooley Law School ( email )
300 S. Capitol Avenue
P.O. Box 13038
Lansing, MI 48901
United States
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