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Legal Citations

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Common Reporter Abbreviations/Citations

Supreme Court Cases:

U.S.                                     United States Reports                                                                                 

S. Ct.                                   Supreme Court Reporter                                                                     

L. Ed.                                  United States Supreme Court Reports, Lawyers Edition                

U.S.L.W.                             United States Law Week       


Federal Cases:

F., F.2d, F.3d                      Federal Reporter (Federal Courts of Appeal)            

F. Supp., F.Supp. 2d         Federal Supplement (Federal District Courts)      


Regional Reporters:

 A., A.2d                               Atlantic Reporter                                                        

N.E., N.E.2d                       North Eastern Reporter                                               

N.W., N.W.2d                     North Western Reporter                                             

P., P.2d, P.3d                     Pacific Reporter                                                         

S.E., S.E.2d                        South Eastern Reporter                                               

So., So.2d                           Southern Reporter                                                      

S.W., S.W.2d                      South Western Reporter