After years of struggling to see the forest for the trees, I have been less than excited about dealing with the tiniest of the trees — the Bluebook rules. In fact, for a long while, I had an aversion to the rules because they seemed to demand so much attention for so little rhetorical gain and because Bluebook style varies in several arbitrary though relatively insignificant ways from the style followed by the New Jersey courts. I resented having to sweat the details.

Recently, I made my peace with Bluebook style, my rite of passage eased by former law review editors who showed me how second-nature the Rules can become, once learned.

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