Jacob Gershman writes for The Wall Street Journal’s LawBlog about an impending rival publication to the “bible of legal citation” known as The Blue Book. This disruptive guide penned by open-records activist Carl Malamud and NYU law professor Christopher Sprigman will be freely available online and based on the open Creative-Commons license.
“The problem with that is the law is supposed to be accessible to people, and The Bluebook is a basic piece of infrastructure for speaking the language of the law. Law firms and small practices need to use The Bluebook. Prisoners in jails who are writing pro se briefs need to use The Bluebook. It would be wonderful if The Bluebook were more widely accessible to people.”