There has been a lot of criticism of The Bluebook
over the years, primarily that it constantly changes, is not user-friendly, and its rules are overly complex and difficult to apply.
The coherent organization of the ALWD Guide makes it markedly superior to the Bluebook
in a second way: The Guide has forty rules, as did the Bluebook
's tenth edition, which was published back in 1959.
I acknowledge that many of the citation forms that I use conform to forms found in The Bluebook
, though those forms are ones largely unchanged from the first edition, published in 1926, which itself largely codified existing practices.
Legal Citation, The Bluebook
, and the Anxiety of Authority, 151 U.
Twenty-three years later, six editions after its first publication, (75) and after the Harvard Law Review editorial board had been joined as compiler by the law review editors of the University of Pennsylvania and Yale and Columbia Universities, (76) The Bluebook
was adapted as the "unanimous choice for a proposed national system of citation" by the first national conference of law review editors.
For example, the Bluebook
uses the apostrophe in forming some abbreviations, while ALWD drops the apostrophe and ends all abbreviations with a period.
Although the Bluebook
is not intended to be a grammatical guide, it contains several rules governing a few basic writing principles (Rules 5 through 9).
rules have proved undesirable, unworkable, or ugly in the experience of Constitutional Commentary's editors, they will be broken without hesitation or regret.
While it is true that some law schools and many courts do not follow The Bluebook
's rules exclusively, (4) The Bluebook
is still firmly entrenched in its "authoritative position," (5) particularly in the academic world.
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Business valuation expert Chad Simmons answers that question in his "Business Valuation Bluebook
," which is aimed at owners of small to medium-sized businesses.
Wade,(2) the Bluebook
has aborted the reign of the harshest citation signal of all.