Saturday, April 14, 2007

angry students stage bluebook burning

I'm in the midst of figuring out the proper way to cite an ad in the Journal of the American Medical Association that warns doctors about prescribing Accutane to pregnant patients. This article, obviously an April Fools joke that got slightly mis-dated, does my heart good.
Sources close to the students say the impromptu protest began the night before 1L Ames briefs were due. 1L Jim Johnson was attempting to figure out the proper citation in Massachusetts state court for a government report co-authored by three different agencies and posted on the Internet as an MS Word document.

When not a single one of his Hastings floor mates proved able to assist him, Johnson walked the short distance to Gannett House where he began throwing stones at the windows and shouting "Come out, you [expletive], and Bluebook this [expletive] [expletive]."
The Bluebook's citation system is irregular, occasionally contradictory, and a general mess. It should take no more than 15 pages to express a flexible, uniform citation system. Time for an overhaul, I say.

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