Tip for Law Students (and Young Lawyers) on Formatting Decisions
A student asked me how to structure the Table of Authorities in a brief that we’ll be filing in a particular state court—whether the Table of Authorities should have all the cases together in one Cases section (which many courts require) or have in-state cases in a separate section from out-of-state cases (which some courts call for), perhaps further broken down by court.
The commonly (and correctly) recommended answers to such questions, of course, are:
- Check the rules.
- Ask local counsel.
- Call the clerk of court’s office.
But sometimes the rules don’t give the
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