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The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States, 2nd Edition edited by Hall, Kermit L (23rd June 2005)

R, Rose’s Notes on the United States Reports,

Edited By: Kermit L. Hall, James W. Ely Jr., Joel B. Grossman

From: The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States (2nd Edition)

Edited By: Kermit L. Hall

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Rose’s Notes on the United States Reports,

(1899–1901), thirteen volumes, was a popular annotated citator from its initial publication until the mid-1930s. Walter Malins Rose (1872–1908), the young California lawyer who developed the publication, arranged chronologically the legal principles found in the Supreme Court decisions from 2 Dallas to 172 United States Reports and appended to them citations to all subsequent cases that had cited each principle. The citing cases were from the Supreme Court, intermediate and *lower federal courts, and courts of last resort in all the states (see state courts). These subsequent decisions were analyzed to show the points of law to which they referred as well as the application of the cited principle. Rose’s annotated citator offered analytical discussions that were lacking in the bare listings of citings in Shepard’s citators. Although during the period of their greatest popularity Rose’s Notes were often cited by the courts, there has been only one reference to the Notes in appellate decisions during the last thirty years. A revised edition (1917–1920) by Charles L. Thompson enlarged the Notes to twenty volumes and two supplements (1925 and 1932) and extended the citing cases through 283 United States Reports.

Morris L. Cohen