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Vocabulary Lesson

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When citing a statute in oral argument, how do you pronounce the lower case Roman numeral paragraph numbers? In United States v. Hayes today, ASG Nicole Saharsky called paragraphs (i) and (ii) "Romanette one and two." This was new to Chief Justice Roberts. Tony Mauro has more at BLT.

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In M & A land, everyone knows what "romanette" means.

The proper term for that item of nomenclature in a statute -- what the ASG called a "romanette" -- is a "clause." The standard statutory nomenclature and their names below the section level, in descending order, are: section (1), subsection (a), paragraph (1), subparagraph (A), clause (i), subclause (I), and item (aa). I've seen references to the existence of subitems as well (presumbly "AA"), but have never seen an actual example of one. Not many lawyers seem to know about this structure and the names of its components, but it is what is standard. For more see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Code

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