The case citation, arguably the most familiar of legal references, consists of (in the following order and in its most basic form) the names of the parties to the case, the reporter volume, the abbreviated name of the reporter, the page on which the case begins, a pincite (if necessary), and a parenthetical designation of the court and year in which the case was decided. Occasionally, however, the unsuspecting law student will encounter a case citation of an especially peculiar character. These citations include, in addition to the standard attributes described above, a second parenthetical designation consisting of an auxiliary volume number and an obscure abbreviated name. According to Bluebook Rule 10.3.2, "for United States Supreme Court reporters through 90 U.S. (23 Wall.) and a few early state reporters," citations must include ". . . the name of the reporter's editor and the volume of that series."
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