Do you underline the period in Id.?

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Do you underline the period in Id.?

Post by CS1775 » Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:42 am

My law school's 1L LP classes insisted we underline the period in Id., e.g., Id. at 29. My 1L internship at a state supreme court, the clerk specifically told me to stop underlining the period in Id., e.g., Id. at 29.

This past semester, during my second-year LP class (we have LP1, LP2, and LP3) and during my current internship at a public defender, I continued foregoing underlining the period, e.g. Id. at 29. Now that I am writing a paper for a professor, his suggested edits include underlining the period. I googled it and a few academic resources show the underlining of the period:

http://fordhamlawreview.org/wp-content/ ... k_Tips.pdf

https://www.law.columbia.edu/sites/defa ... 202013.pdf

https://baselinescenario.com/2011/02/11 ... -new-hero/
Different jurisdictions use different rules. Some differences are silly. For example, in the Bluebook you have to underline the period at the end of “Id.“; in Massachusetts courts you have to not underline it (“Id.”). Even more crazy, however, in law review format, the Bluebook says you have to italicize the period at the end of “Id.” Here it is without italics: “Id.” Me neither.
Is it literally something as so insignificant as "we do it this way, that's not how we do it"?

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Re: Do you underline the period in Id.?

Post by pancakes3 » Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:16 am

lol, yeah.

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Re: Do you underline the period in Id.?

Post by lolwat » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:40 pm

Generally, yes.

I've had to learn two sets of citation formats (Bluebook and California) and some differences are huge while others are tiny.

I would probably confirm with whomever you're writing for what citation style they typically follow, and go from there.

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Re: Do you underline the period in Id.?

Post by ymmv » Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:26 pm

No, because I don't draft briefs on a seventy-year-old typewriter. But I do italicize it.

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Re: Do you underline the period in Id.?

Post by BlendedUnicorn » Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:07 pm

ymmv wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:26 pm
No, because I don't draft briefs on a seventy-year-old typewriter. But I do italicize it.
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Re: Do you underline the period in Id.?

Post by Nony » Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:07 pm

The (non-boomer) appellate guru in my office underlines rather than italicizes and it baffles me. I don’t think our COA even requires underlining.

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Re: Do you underline the period in Id.?

Post by cavalier1138 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:52 pm

Nony wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:07 pm
The (non-boomer) appellate guru in my office underlines rather than italicizes and it baffles me. I don’t think our COA even requires underlining.
At least from the documents I've seen, USAOs use underlining in their documents for criminal cases.

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Re: Do you underline the period in Id.?

Post by CS1775 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:18 am

cavalier1138 wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:52 pm
Nony wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:07 pm
The (non-boomer) appellate guru in my office underlines rather than italicizes and it baffles me. I don’t think our COA even requires underlining.
At least from the documents I've seen, USAOs use underlining in their documents for criminal cases.
I had this discussion with a clerk during my 1L summer. Internally at the court, everything was underlined, such as case names and Id because the publishing company for the opinions would take the underlined stuff and make it italicized. We italicized nothing, including foreign language phrases, e.g. de novo. I personally prefer underlining, just looks cleaner and it stands out better on the document.

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