Rule 18.2.1(a), as noted in yesterday's post, allows for
citation to sources available online “as if to the original print source” in
three cases: when there is an “authenticated, official, or exact copy of a
source available online.” I based my argument on the third option, an “exact
copy,” on an assumption that the PDFs of the U.S. Code were neither
authenticated nor official. This assumption, like many to have come before it,
is flat-out wrong.
Read More... (Citing the U.S. Code in the New Year: Part 2)
Posted by Aaron S. Kirschenfeld on Tue. January 7, 2020 4:31 PM
How would you properly cite a section of the official U.S.
Code today, January 6, 2020? As lawyers and law students no doubt realize, the
answer is more complicated than it may appear. This post will offer advice and
reasoning about how to go about choosing the year to append to the title number,
abbreviation, and section number that will make a complete and correct citation
following the rules of The Bluebook.
Read More... (Citing the U.S. Code in the New Year)
Posted by Aaron S. Kirschenfeld on Mon. January 6, 2020 3:06 PM