1. Capitalize the first word of a sentence.
The client called three times.
Do not put the matter off any longer.
2. Capitalize the first word of a sentence within sentence (even if it is not within quotation marks).
The arbitrator said, “It is time to consider settling the case.”
The issue on appeal was, Was there ever a contract?
3. Capitalize all words in titles and headings with the exception of articles (a, an, the), short prepositions (in, on, of), and conjunctions (and, but, for, nor, or, so, and yet).
Minutes of Meeting
Some Thoughts on the New Dutch Tax Regime
Letter of Intent
Memorandum Regarding Environmental Liability and Clean Up Obligation
4. Capitalize the proper (formal) names of persons, places, and things.
George Washington was the first President of the United States
The Nobel Prize is awarded at the Concert House.
Note: In legal writing, it is common to use plaintiff or defendant as titles for the litigants, Thus, if the titles are used without the name, or where the title is not preceded by the word “the”, you may capitalize the title.
5. Capitalize all academic and religious titles.
6. Capitalize all titles of civil, military, professional or noble rank and honor when they come before a name.
Managing Director Alfred Malmquist
Justice of the Court Serena Cortez
Note: Titles are not capitalized when used generically, i.e. without the name.
The presidents of five countries will attend the conference.
7. Capitalize all government titles and titles of nobility when referring to definite persons.
the Minister of Justice
the Prime Minister
the Bishop of Uppsala
the Prince of Wales
8. Capitalize titles of distinction following a name or where used in place of a name.(However, there is a growing tendency not to capitalize titles appearing after a name).
Marie Vanderwinkle, Chairman of the Board of Directors
the Chief Executive Officer
9. Capitalize the names of the days of the week, months of the year, and holidays.
The trial is set for the first Monday in September.
10. Capitalize academic degrees
Robin Fox, Ph.D.
Harold von Brinkelworth, Master of Economics
11. Capitalize historical periods and occurrences.<
The Tudor Era brought great changes to European law.
The Gulf Wars forever altered transatlantic relations.
12. Capitalize the names of members of athletic, national, political, religious, racial, and social groups.
The Labour Party made some headway in the last election.
Three Crowns is favored to win the hockey championship.
13. Capitalize compass directions only when they refer to a region or place.
Many people are immigrating to Northern Europe.
Uppsala is north of Stockholm.
14. Capitalize adjectives that are formed from names that are capitalized.
The Italian people do not favor an increase in taxes.
The book is about Renaissance law.
15. Capitalize the first word of complimentary closing in correspondence.