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The Blue Book's Inside Jokes

Given that The Blue Book is edited by law students, and law students being ... well, law students, it should come as no surprise to learn that "the definitive style guide for legal citation" is sprinkled with inside jokes.

Orin Kerr reveals this little-known feature of the classic citation guide, providing this example from page 128 of the 17th edition:

"F. Brandon Baer & James M. Feldman, We’re Low on Vermouth: The Trials and Tribulations of Two Summer Associates, 1 J.L. & OPPRESSION (forthcoming 2001) (Manuscript at 3, on file with authors). "

Kerr translates:

"If you happen to have a detailed recollection of the Harvard Law School Drama Society spring parody show from 1996 — which I do, having been a cast member — you’ll get that this is a reference to at least two different jokes in that show, 'Raiders of the Lost Hark.' Brandon was the producer of the show and Jamie was the director. (Neither was on law review — nor was I, for that matter — but a bunch of the cast members were.)"

In the comments to Kerr's post, others share the inside jokes they have uncovered in The Blue Book, including at least one allusion to the 1980 movie Caddyshack.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on June 2, 2006 at 06:02 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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