State Supreme Courts: A Century of Style and Citation (with Lawrence M. Friedman et al.), 33 Stanford Law Review 773 (1981)
Appellate court opinions, carefully indexed and preserved in law libraries, are a tremendous resource for historians and social scientists. In the theory of the common law, these opinions are the law; they stand in the center of the legal system. Their power is enhanced by the common law doctrine that links them in a chain of influence and causation–the doctrine of precedent. Their precedential value means that they are also powerful resources for the practicing lawyer–often the basic material with which he works.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Wheeler, Stanton, "State Supreme Courts: A Century of Style and Citation" (1981). Faculty Scholarship Series. Paper 4129.