Author & Acknowledgments

About the Author

Linda J. Barris, J.D., has taught first-year legal research, writing, and citation for more than fifteen years. She is the author of Understanding and Mastering The Bluebook, now in its third edition.


I wish to thank the many legal writing instructors, librarians, colleagues, and friends who have offered insight and feedback over the years on citation matters great and small. Your ideas and input have helped shape Understanding and Mastering The Bluebook, which in turn helped shape this program.

I cannot begin to express my thanks to the IT professionals who used their expertise to turn my vague ideas of an online workbook into reality. Carol Thomson and her team at FireStream Media, developers of Core Grammar for Lawyers, performed their magic once again. Emily Gillcoat, key developer, turned my gibberish into computer code, and Claudia Fulshaw (of Claudia Fulshaw Design) did the wonderful art design. Thank you all.

And special thanks to Scott Sipe of Carolina Academic Press, who shepherded the project from beginning to launch—and beyond. Without the whole dedicated team at CAP, this program would have remained just an idea.

Linda Barris


This program is published as a guide to the rules of legal citation set forth in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation®, Nineteenth Edition, copyright 2010 by The Columbia Law Review Association, The Harvard Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and The Yale Law Journal. The Bluebook is published by The Harvard Law Review Association, Gannett House, 1511 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138.