Citation Ethics: Towards an Ethical Framework of Legal Citation

Citation and the Law, Symposium Text (forthcoming)

20 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2021

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Jennifer Elisa Chapman

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law; University of Maryland - Thurgood Marshall Law Library

Date Written: May 29, 2021

Abstract

This article examines legal citation practices, as used in scholarly publications, within the context of ethical frameworks, as well as what this analysis demonstrates about the development of a community of legal-information communication and the practical implications of an ethics of citation. It is meant to stimulate and begin the robust inquiry and dialogue necessary to analyze, formulate, and apply an ethics of legal citation. Through an overview of ethical frameworks and examination of how the community of legal-information communication can benefit from ethical guides, this article aims to inspire introspection and action. Citations are often an afterthought in the writing process, but as a discipline so strongly tied to words and precedent it is essential for legal scholars to recognize that “the text is a tissue [fabric] of quotations drawn from the innumerable centres of culture.” Applying an ethical framework to the application of citations helps bring proper citation practices to the forefront of the writing process. Rather than being an afterthought, to be haphazardly filled in at the end, an ethical framing of citations elevates them to be an integral part of weaving legal analysis that incorporates the diverse range of source material.

Keywords: Ethics, Citation, Bluebook, Law, Legal Citation, Philosophy

Suggested Citation

Chapman, Jennifer Elisa, Citation Ethics: Towards an Ethical Framework of Legal Citation (May 29, 2021). Citation and the Law, Symposium Text (forthcoming), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3856202

Jennifer Elisa Chapman (Contact Author)

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law ( email )

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University of Maryland - Thurgood Marshall Law Library ( email )

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Baltimore, MD 21201
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