19th
Edition of
the
Bluebook
Important Changes in the 19th Edition of the Bluebook

Citations in Footnotes (B2, page 4)

“In non-academic legal documents, citations appear within the text of
the document as full sentences or as clauses within sentences directly
after the propositions they support. . . . [F]ootnotes should only be used
in non-academic legal documents when permitted by local court rules.”  

References to Cases by Name Only in Same General Discussion (B4,
page 9)

After giving a full citation, “in a subsequent reference to the case
within the same general discussion, you may
simply refer to one party’s name (or a readily identifiable shorter
version of one party’s name) . . .”

Docket Numbers in Electronic Citations (B4.1.4, page 11)

“Different courts and publishers use different formats for case docket
numbers (e.g., CIV-A, Civ. A., Civ., No., etc.). Cite to the case docket
number exactly as it appears. If more than one docket number is
assigned to a case, the lead-in language (e.g., CIV-A, Civ. A., Civ., No.,
etc.) may be omitted after the first reference.”

References to Case Documents (B7.1, page 20)

References to case documents, e.g., Smith Dep. 3:15, are no longer
placed in parentheses.

Case documents that have been assigned an ECF number should be
noted as such, e.g., Jones Aff. 7, ECF No. 17.