Melanie Kalmanson is a commercial litigation attorney and former Florida Supreme Court law clerk. She is the author of the Bluebook Wednesday Tips Newsletter. Click here to subscribe to Melanie’s newsletter.

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Law Review taught us to use the Whitepages. But the Bluepages have some hidden gems for practitioners.

My favorite in the blue: BT1—abbreviations for court documents.

Example: Let’s say you are citing Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment filed September 1, 2022. You want to cite page 5, and it’s docket number 15. Here’s what that would look like, thanks to BT1 (see Rule B17):

Pl.’s Mot. Summ. J., at 5 (Sept. 1., 2022) (ECF No. 15).