The Headnote

Green Bag, Vol. 5, No. 2d, 2002

UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 933013

6 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2006  

Daniel A. Farber

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law

Gil Grantmore

Jurisdynamics Network

Abstract

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.

Keywords: headnote, abstract, Supreme Court, reporter, decisions, Detroit Lumber, Detroit Timber, United States Reports, clerks, Balkin, footnote

Suggested Citation

Farber, Daniel A. and Grantmore, Gil, The Headnote. Green Bag, Vol. 5, No. 2d, 2002; UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 933013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=933013

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