Quotations

Bench & Bar Kentucky, Vol. 67, No. 5, pp. 32-33, Sept. 2003

2 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2006

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Richard A. Bales

Ohio Northern University - Pettit College of Law

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Bales, Richard A., Quotations. Bench & Bar Kentucky, Vol. 67, No. 5, pp. 32-33, Sept. 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=919303

Richard A. Bales (Contact Author)

Ohio Northern University - Pettit College of Law ( email )

525 South Main Street
Ada, OH 45810
United States
419-772-2205 (Phone)

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