Daniel A. Farber
University of California, Berkeley - School of Law
University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
Green Bag, Vol. 5, No. 2d, 2002
UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 933013
Every Supreme Court opinion is prefaced by a curiously self-contradictory citation. The Syllabus is accompanied by a footnote warning of the Syllabus's unofficial status. By the same token, of course, the footnote itself is unofficial and has no legal standing. This essay reexamines the status of the Syllabus, and argues that it should have precedential authority.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 6
Keywords: headnote, abstract, Supreme Court, reporter, decisions, Detroit Lumber, Detroit Timber, United States Reports, clerks, Balkin, footnoteAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: September 27, 2006
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