Bluebook is both a noun and a verb. Bluebooking is something that law review staffs do to law review articles. Having attended the University of Chicago shortly after the creation of the "Maroon Book," my bluebooking skills are impaired. This relieves me of the burden of having Bluebook pet peeves, but the footnotes of my articles always require some tweaking. Does this negatively affect placement?
I don't know the answer to that, but plenty of professors think that pristine footnotes are worth placement points. My view is that less-than-pristine footnotes serve as a sorting device. I want to avoid law review editors who make publication decisions based on the quality of the bluebooking. I want editors who focus on substance.
At least that's what I tell myself to feel better about my footnotes.
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