Case Name Abbreviations.............T6
Blue Pages Case Names..........B4.1.1
Law Review Footnotes: name in regular typeface
Textual Sentence: italicize name
Short Cites: italicize name
Procedural Phrases: In re and ex rel. are always italicized, regardless of cite location
The case name occurs at the beginning of the citation. There are a different kinds of party names, and the type of name will determine format. Some common examples for law review footnotes are given below:
Individual Person - Only use the last name, omitting any job title or descriptive terms.
Burns v. McMillen
Not: Burns v. McMillen, Administrator
Company/Organization - Use entire business name, omitting alternate names, and abbreviate and/or omit words where possible.
Wis. Packing Co. v. Ind. Refrigerator Lines, Inc.
Not: Wisconsin Packing Co., Inc. d/b/a Packing Co. v. Indiana Refrigerator Lines, Inc.
Multiple Parties - Only cite the first party on each side and omit words indicating multiple parties. Do not omit portions of a partnership name.
Fry v. Mayor of Sierra Vista
Not: Fry v. Mayor & City Counsel of Sierra Vista
But: Eisen v. Spradlin, Lincoln & Amorosi
Two Case Names - Use the first case name listed in a consolidated case.
Shelley v. Kraemer
Not: Shelley v. Kraemer, McGhee v. Sipes
Geographical Names - Omit "State/Commonwealth/People of" except when citing decisions from courts of that state. State court decisions should only retain "State/Commonwealth/People." Omit prepositional phrases of location unless the phrase begins a party name, is part of the full name of a business, or the omission would leave only one word in the party's name.
Blystone v. Pennsylvania, 494 U.S. 299 (1990).
Not: Blystone v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 494 U.S. 299 (1990).
But: Commonwealth v. Ferrone, 448 A.2d 673 (Pa. Super. Ct. 1982).
Mayor of New York v. Clinton
Not: Mayor of the City of New York v. Clinton
But: Butts v. City of New York
Surrick v. Bd. of Wardens
Not: Surrick v. Board of Wardens of the Port of Philadelphia
But: Planned Parenthood of Se. Pa. v. Casey
What should you abbreviate when referring to a case in a citation sentence?
Ctr. for Nat'l Sec. Studies v. U.S. Dep't of Justice
But: Alvarez-Machain v. United States
What should you abbreviate when referring to a case in a textual sentence?
Remember, only abbreviate case names cited in citation sentences. Case names should be written out in full within a textual sentence, abbreviating only widely known acronyms.