Legal writing, Citation
Sturm College of Law
True, a judge probably won't rule against you if your cites are wrong, but faulty cites do reflect poorly on you.' First, like good manners, proper citations illustrate both your knowledge of the rules of etiquette for legal writing and your precision in following those rules. If your citations are sloppy, some readers may presume that your research and reasoning were done in a similarly uninformed and careless fashion.
K.K. DuVivier, Legal Citations for the Twenty-First Century, 29 Colo. Law. 45 (May 2000).
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