American Judges Association



Date of this Version

July 2001


Published in Court Review: The Journal of the American Judges Association, 38:2 (2001), pp. 2. Copyright © 2001 National Center for State Courts. Used by permission. Online at


In early July, when I opened the Sunday New York Times, I was surprised to see a front- page article devoted to whether legal citations in court opinions should appear in text or be placed in footnotes. Before the end of the day— thanks to the modern miracle of e-mail and people so driven that they are online on Sundays—both Bryan Garner and Judge Richard Posner, each among the best writers the legal world has known, had agreed to write articles on this topic for Court Review. The next day, Justice Rodney Davis joined the group and the debate over citational footnotes had moved squarely to our pages.

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