ALC – My Arch Nemesis: The Bluebook

James J. Bell, ICLEF's Amateur Life Coach

The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation is now in its 20th edition and has recently made “the headlines” in law-related trade magazines and websites including these two interesting articles below:

A Bluebooking Error In… The Bluebook? (from Above the Law)
The Bluebook’s 20th edition prompts many musings (from the ABA Journal)

So, what does the Amateur Life Coach think of all the press his law school nemesis is getting lately?

Well, this week the ALC teams up with Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven H. David to address the topic of proper legal writing and the role of “the Bluebook”:

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Written and performed by James J. Bell. Produced by the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum. This video is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional advice.


James focuses his practice in the areas of criminal defense; attorney discipline defense and health care law. As a Marion County Public Defender, he represented clients in numerous jury and bench trials. James also represents clients in juvenile delinquency, appeals and post-conviction proceedings. James is a frequent ICLEF speaker on ethics, trial practice and criminal procedure. James just completed his first semester as an adjunct professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where he teaches a course on professional responsibility. To date, no student has yet stood on their desk and shouted “Oh captain, my captain!” Follow James on Twitter @jamesjbell

ICLEF • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, IN

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