LASC Judge Ashfaq Chowdhury has a piece in today's DJ titled So fresh, so clean: If you don't spend a lot of time on #appellatetwitter, you may have missed a recent momentous event in citation history.
The push among #appellatetwitter and elsewhere among appellate practitioners for the adoption of (cleaned up) has been gathering steam since appellate practitioner Jack Metzler first proposed the new parenthetical in 2017 on Twitter. He later published an article outlining how such a parenthetical could be used, and the potential benefits of its adoption. See Jack Metzler, "Cleaning Up Quotations, 18 J. App. Prac. & Process 143, 154-55 (2017).
He concludes: The Bluebook has not yet adopted the new rule Metzler proposed in his 2017 article, but it does appear that a critical mass of legal writers has spoken. You, too, can now join the movement. Let's clean up these citations.
Today's Recorder On Appeals column is by Johanna Schiavoni and is titled Incivility Is Killing Your Argument. It starts off like this:
Hyperbole. Invective. Ad hominem attacks on the trial judge, opposing counsel, or opposing parties. What do each of these things have in common in legal writing? They are not persuasive. And they’re killing your argument.