Is there a bigger atrocity in legal education than The Bluebook? Round and round the bramble bush the students go, driven mad by The Bluebook's arcane, arbitrary rules and epicyclical structure. The military-industrial complex that the legal citation business has become is now so elaborate that it is not altogether absurd to think of the ALWD Citation Manual as the equivalent of the Uniform Commercial Code in a contemporary academy that has largely abandoned commercial law. Surely there are better ways to teach statutory interpretation, but for many law students, legal citation manuals represent their most comprehensive exposure to the dark (and necessary) art of statutory interpretation.
Well, it's time to get into the groove. The problem with The Bluebook is that law review editors take it too seriously. They apply citation rules as if they were edicts handed down by the Spanish Inquisition. Realmente no es una Isla Bonita. The cure lies in taking a holiday from Bluebook mania. As that girl, Madonna, sang on True Blue:
Where's the party [where's the party]Never fear. Gil Grantmore, webmaster for the Jurisdynamics Network, can now offer everyone who hates The Bluebook something to remember. Gil's ray of light consists of True Blue, a handy guide to Bluebook rules that deserve to be disobeyed. True Blue has now been posted on Gil's SSRN page.
I want to free my soul
Where's the party [where's the party]
I want to lose control
Gil's most hardcore fans might also enjoy Lex and the City, the subject of a Jurisdynamics post that celebrates Gil's return to public prominence.
Editor's note: This item has been cross-posted from MoneyLaw.