Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S.
1. Parties’ last names
e.g. Roe and Wade
2. Parties’ names must be
in contention e.g. Roe v.
3. Parties’ names must
be italicized or
underlined e.g., Roe v.
Names are followed by the
REPORTER VOLUME, the
the REPORTER PAGE, and the
DATE, e.g., Roe v. Wade, 410
U.S. 113 (1973).
U.S.Circuit Court cases are found
in the FEDERAL REPORT, 2:
Grutter v. Bollinger, 288 F.3d 732,
(6th Cir. 2002)
U.S.District Court Cases are
found in the FEDERAL
SUPPLEMENT, F. Supp.
Grutter v. Bollinger, 137 F.
Supp. 2d 874 (E.D. MI 2001)
State cases are generally
reported in REGIONAL
REPORTERS, e.g., for
Maryland, the Atlantic Reporter
Theurer v. Farrell, 827 A.2d
122 (MD 2003)
When making a direct quote from a particular
part of a case, always include the page number
E.g., “Thus, the particular phraseology of the
constitution of the United States confirms and
strengthens the principle, supposed to be
essential to all written constitutions, that a law
repugnant to the constitution is void; and that
courts, as well as other departments, are bound
by that instrument.” Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S.
137, 180 (1803)
When refering to a dissent or concurrence,
always note the dissenting or concurring judge.
E.g., “To reach its result, the Court necessarily
has had to find within the scope of the
Fourteenth Amendment a right that was
apparently completely unknown to the drafters
of the Amendment.” Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S.
113, 174 (1973) (Rehnquist, J., dissenting).
1.Start with the author(s) name,
e.g. Samuel Warren and Louis
2.Follow the names with the
article title, e.g., Samuel Warren
and Louis Brandeis, “The Right
3. Next, report the law journal volume,
the law journal name (italicized or
underlined), and the first page number,
the page number cited, and the date. e.g.,
Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis, “The
Right to Privacy,” 4 Harvard Law Review
193, 199 (1890).
“American People Ruled Unfit to
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Electronic Case Law
Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113, 1973
U.S. LEXIS 3282 (1973).
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