Fwd: Federal or federal?

Subject: Fwd: Federal or federal?
From: "Chris Morton" <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 10:34:36 -0800

Thanks, all, for weighing in on this. I was pretty confident I was correct,
but couldn't easily put my fingers on the justification.

> Chris

On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 10:22 AM, Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net> wrote:

> * U.S. federal law
> * U.S. Federal Court building
> Here's how I view the use of "federal" in "federal law." If other types of
> law would be capitalized in the situation, then "federal" is capitalized.
> "State" and "local" are not capitalized in "California state and local
> laws," "federal" would not be capitalized in similar sentences. The "Feds"
> would be capitalized. "The Federal Government" as an entity would be
> capitalized. So "federal" as part of pronoun is capitalized, but as an
> adjective, it is not. Now, maybe I'm mistaken, but that's how I think of
> it.
> Lauren
> > From: Chris Morton
> > In a bulletted item , should it read:
> >
> > U.S. federal law restricts...
> >
> > -- or --
> >
> > U.S. Federal law restricts...
> >
> > I think the former, but can't find any definitive reference. Thanks.
> >
> > > Chiis

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