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Almost every lawyer in America has at least a few hornbooks (not to be confused with casebooks) on his office shelves. These green, leather-bound books are considered the go-to general guides for whatever particular topic they cover, e.g., torts, contracts, criminal law, etc.

But, despite their prevalence and the credence they’re given within the legal profession, few lawyers ever cite to hornbooks when filing motions or other pleadings.