Bench & Bar Kentucky, Vol. 67, No. 5, pp. 32-33, Sept. 2003
2 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2006
Because law relies so heavily on precedent and stare decisis, it often is tempting to string together a collection of quotes to support an argument. This is a lazy method of writing, and is ineffective as a method of persuasion. This essay provides four guidelines to help the legal writer use quotes effectively: (1) minimizing quotes (especially block and full-sentence quotes), (2) using correct punctuation with quotes, (3) formatting block quotes, and (4) avoiding plagiarism.
Keywords: legal writing, quotation, quote, block quote, punctuation, plagiarism, stare decisis, precedent
JEL Classification: K00
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