Legal writing involves rules large and small. Let’s consider a small one.
Suppose you’re writing a brief involving Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966). Eventually you want to discuss the case’s holding.
Is it Miranda’s holding?
Or is it Miranda’s holding?
In other words, when we write the possessive form of a case name, do we italicize the apostrophe-s?
Yes, my friends, we often do, but we should not. Indeed, the rule is that when any italicized word or phrase is made possessive by adding apostrophe-s, the apostrophe-s is not italicized. For example, it is correct to write “Gone With the Wind’s publication date is 1936” rather than “Gone With the Wind’s publication date is 1936.”
A small detail? Sure. But that type of attention to detail shows the court you pay attention to details.