In our last discussion about Microsoft Word’s Table of Authorities feature, I showed you the first step: how to mark citations for inclusion in a Table of Authorities. Now we’ll go over how to define and format a Table of Authorities and pull your marked citations into the TOA in your brief.
It’s the one legal profession-specific feature in Microsoft Word. And, judging from some of the requests I receive from my newsletter readers, it’s also one of the most intimidating. It’s the dreaded Table of Authorities.
(Cue: Scary music)
In my experience, few things strike more fear into the hearts of legal support staff than having to put out a brief with a Table of Authorities. (Close second: Table of Contents) I suspect the bad rap TOAs get has more to do with how seldom most people have to deal with them (and thus, how unfamiliar they are) than with any real complexity of the feature itself.
In other words, you can do this.
And I’m going to help you break this down, step-by-step, starting with marking your citations.