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Citations carry useful info. Don't hide them away in footnotes. District Court Judge’s opinion via @EllieMargolis.

A polished document with proper citations, grammatically correct and free of typos, demonstrates care was taken in the writing.

Citations in footnotes or text? Most Texas appellate judges don't want citations in footnotes by @rbphillipsjr

Federal Judge Tunheim: String citations are unhelpful, only need 1-2 controlling cases. MT @mrsalzwedel

User-friendly resource for legal citation: Introduction to Basic Legal Citation by Peter W. Martin

Move case name and citation to the end of your sentence. Start sentence with holding/what’s important about the case.

Choose a Citation Style, Then Stick To It or you'll look sloppy and judge may question your legal reasoning by @eschaeff.

Avoid unnecessary string cites. Ask yourself—What does this second/third case add of value to reader?

When to use string cites:

1: Old important case and more recent case to bring old case up to date.

2: Circuit split or other reason requiring cites to multiple authorities.

3: Legal principle applied to several different fact situations (and add short parentheticals for facts).

Follow court’s citation rules and don’t misrepresent. Court Fines Lawyer for Sloppy Cite RT @legalblogwatch.

When filing brief, follow rules. Attorney violated rules regarding properly citing to record and case law. Attorney fined; appellant barred from recovering costs.

 

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