Over at The Faculty Lounge, Professor David Cohen vents about the Bluebook's requirements for statutory citation. To cite to a statute correctly, authors are supposed to include in parentheses "the year that appears on the spine of the volume, the year that appears on the title page, or the latest copyright year -- in that order of preference." I agree that this is one of those Bluebook rules that qualifies as baffling. It's not particularly useful information in an age when most of us view statutes online and very rarely in print. It creates busy work since authors have to physically check the print volumes to correctly cite each statute. Alas, the chances that we will soon see the end of this rule are slim since the Bluebook was just updated last year.