CITATIONS continues to welcome contributions of articles from all of the members of the Ventura County legal community. While we do not guarantee publication of any article, we are glad to have them and are trying to increase our coverage of local people, local events and the law written by members of our legal community.

As you consider sending your work, please keep in mind the following style guidelines. This will help ensure that everyone receives consistent editing and that the magazine maintains a consistent style. If you see a reason to deviate from the style, please detail why your deviation is necessary and we will take it into consideration. All articles should come in by the 10th of the month preceding your   contemplated   publication date. We will edit and return them as soon as possible after receipt. If you have additions or revisions make sure to get them in before the deadline; it gets confusing and frustrating to receive repeated changes as we are editing.

All articles should be submitted in Microsoft Word or RTF (rich text formatted) format. Please no PDFs.

All articles should be submitted with a head shot as a separate attachment (Do not import images into the document). Add a one- or two-sentence bio to be included with the article.

Please refer to the following style sheet when formatting articles. Take special note of title formats, bylines, spacing and case citation notes.


 Commas: Avoid the Oxford/serial comma. Correct format is “cats, dogs and goats” without a comma after “dogs.”

Headlines: ALL CAPS. please keep brief.

Bylines: italicized, “by” lower case. Ex: by Bill Lascher.

Indentation: Do not indent paragraphs.

Justification: Align Left.

Line spacing: Single-line spacing.

Sentence spacing: Two spaces after colons, periods, question and exclamation marks.

Font: Times new roman, 12-point

Citations: If a section is mentioned in a sentence, write out the word “section” instead of using the symbol. Inside parentheses use §.

Case titles: Use California Style Manual format, not Bluebook. Ex: Manual v. Bluebook (2013) 999 Cal.App.4th 999 or Bluebook v. Manual (9th Cir. 2013) 999 F.3d 999.

Dates (days): Numbers only, no superscript.

Ex: Feb. 25, not Feb. 25th.

Dates (months): Abbreviate longer names; don’t abbreviate March, April, May, June or July. Ex: Feb. 25 and July 14

Dates (years): Exclude year if current. Ex: April 13, not April 13, 2013.

Dates (decades): For decades, don’t use apostrophes (i.e. 1980s instead of 1980’s) unless it is possessive for the specific year.

Names (VCBA members): Bold names of all VCBA members present or past on first reference in an article. Nonbold for second references. Do not bold firm names.

Names: Last name only on second reference. Ex: Bill Lascher edited this document. Lascher said maintaining style is important.

Said/says: If you’re reporting an interview, it’s past tense. Ex: Henderson says he graduated from Cal Poly SLO.

Abbreviations: Full name first, abbreviation used on second reference if they are familiar ones. Ex: The Ventura County Bar Association publishes CITATIONS. The VCBA is based in Ventura. If unfamiliar and used more than once enclose abbreviation in parenthesis after full phrase Ex: The Ventura County Law Library (VCLL).

 Numbers: Write out one through twenty, use digits for larger numbers (i.e. “the jury deliberated for four hours,” not “the jury deliberated for 4 hours”), except when those numbers lead a sentence (i.e. “Eight hours later, the jury emerged.” not “8 hours later, the jury emerged.”). Likewise with ages (i.e. 4-years-old, not four-years-old).

Websites and email addresses: italicize; do not underline. Ex. or

 Book titles (and magazines, newspapers, art exhibits, musical compositions, etc.):  italicized. Ex: The Grapes of Wrath.

Article titles (and chapters, movements, etc.): in quotations. Ex: He wrote about the ravenous man in the article “Man bites dog.”

Percentages: Write out “percent.” Ex: 100 percent of CITATIONS contributors should follow the style guide.

Quotation marks and apostrophes: use “smart quotes,” which are “curly,” not “straight.”

Endashes – not emdashes — surrounded by spaces for interruptions. Use hyphens for page range and compound word.

Avoid superscripts

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