Why Don’t We Have a Free Bluebook App?

by Christine Minhee Imagine a monastery for luddites. Outside: brain implants reverse paralysis, gene therapies cure inherited diseases, and self-driving trucks deliver personal quantum computers purchased using payments authorized by face-scanning technologies. Inside: bunioned academics with chips on their shoulders pore over their worn copies of a legal citation manual, lovingly, reverently thumbing through its 560 pages in order to confirm truths like the italicization afforded to “construed in” but not to “construing” (Rule 1.6(c)). Their holy text is called The Bluebook, and it promises not salvation, but merely, “A Uniform System of Citation.” The Bluebook has been skewered so many times that it should have its own shish kabob. Above the Law features posts like: Want To Work In-House? Burn Your Bluebook, It’s Sad When The Bluebook Is An Important Part Of Your Day, and Yaw Law Students Support The End Of The Bluebook. UW…

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