What UniversalCitation.Org is and why it is being formed
Given ... the continued reliance on print citations, and the restrictions that this places on open access to the law, it is
necessary to act. Universalcitation.Org is being organized to fill the gap.
- Tom Bruce: Convener of UniversalCitation.Org - Cornell University
- John Joergensen: Convener of UniversalCitation.Org - Rutgers University - Camden
- Bruce Kennedy: Convener of UniversalCitation.Org - University of Toledo
- Peter Martin: Convener of UniversalCitation.Org - Cornell University
- American Bar Association: In the late 1990's, the American Bar Association, American Association of Law Libraries, and many others looked to the future
of legal information and saw the need for change.
- American Association of Law Libraries
- U.S. Courts: As the country and our courts shifted to a digital environment, they saw the need for a new way to refer to court decisions
and other documents on which the law depends. With the potential for great increases in the availability of legal information,
there needed to be a citation style that did not depend on the increasingly outdated print editions that used to be the basis
of legal references.
- American Jurisdictions: As of this date, several American jurisdictions have adopted a Universal Citation format, but most have not. There are a variety
of reasons why courts have hesitated to adopt Universal Citation, but given its success as a citation form in the jurisdictions
that have adopted it, and the ease with which it has been adopted in Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and elsewhere, its
value and utility are hard to deny.
- United Kingdom