Green Bag Honors Good Legal Writing from Past Year

The Green Bag has published its first ever “Almanac of Useful and Entertaining Tidbits for Lawyers & Reader of Good Legal Writing from the Past Year: Selected by the Legal Luminaries and Sages on our Board of Advisors.” (whew!–it’s a lawyerly mouthful; too bad the editors couldn’t practice what they’re preaching).

The top vote-getters in each category:

1. OPINIONS AND ORDERS

Honorable Paul H. Cassell, U.S. v. Angelos, 345 F. Supp.2d 1227 (D. Utah 2004)

Honorable Alex Kozinski, In re Complaint of Judicial Misconduct, 425 F.3d 1179 (9th Cir. 2005) (dissenting)

Honorable Mark P. Painter, Kohlbrand v. Ranieri, 823 N.E.2d 76 (Ohio Ct. App. 2005)

Honorable James M. Rosenbaum,Rohwer v. Federal Cartridge Co. 2004 U.S. Dist. Lexis 23744 (D. Minn.)

Honorable Antonin Scalia, Roper v. Simmons, 543 U.S. 551 (2005) (dissenting)

Honorable Diane P. Wood, Gore v. Ind. Univ., 416 F.3d 590 (7th Cir. 2005)

2. BOOKS

David Currie, The Constitution in Congress: Democrats and Whigs, 1829-1861 (Chicago Univ. Press 2005)

Linda Greenhouse, Becoming Justice Blackmun: Harry Blackmun’s Supreme Court Journey (Henry Holt 2005)

Sadakat Kadri, The Trial: A History, From Socrates to O.J. Simpson (Random House 2005)


3. SHORT ARTICLES

Honorable Elaine E. Bucklo, “Putting Your Worst Foot Forward,” Litigation, Winter 2005

Honorable Alex Kozinski, “The Appearance of Propriety,” Legal Affairs, Jan./Feb. 2005

Burt Neuborne, “Courting Trouble,” The American Prospect, Jan. 4, 2005

Margaret Talbot, “Supreme Confidence,” The New Yorker, Mar. 28, 2005

4. BRIEFS AND MOTIONS

Honorable Walter Dellinger, et al., Professors’ Brief, Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic & Institutional Rights, 2005 U.S. S. Ct. Briefs Lexi 630 (Setp. 21, 2005)

Mark A. Perry, et al., Brief for the Ethics & Public Policy Center, Van Orden v. Perry, 2005 U.S. S. Ct. Briefs Lexis 113 (Jan. 31, 2005)

5. LONG ARTICLES

Anonymous, “Jazz Has Got Copyright and that Ain’t Good,” 118 Harv. L. Rev. 1940 (2005)

Bryan A. Garner, “Don’t Know Much About Punctuation: Notes on a Stickler Wannabe,” 83 Tex. L. Rev. 1443 (2005)

Brian C. Kalt, “The Perfect Crime,” 93 Geo. L.J. 675 (2005)

John H. Langbein, “Questioning the Trust Law Duty of Loyalty: Sole Interest or Best Interest?,” 114 Yale L.J. 929 (2005)

6. MISCELLANY

Honorable Jon O. Newman, “My First Appellate Argument: It Can Only Get Better,” 6 J. App. Prac. & Process 177 (2004)

Charles A. Sullivan, “The Under-Theorized Asterisk Footnote,” 93 Geo. L.J. 1093 (2005)

A full list of “recommended readings” is also produced, with a number of interesting pieces, including two by yours truly. It is an eclectic and wonderful list!

For a gander at the list of honorees or to order your own hardcopy, go here

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  1. Dear Madam or Sir,

    I would be indebted if you would e-mail to me the text of the following entries in your list “Green Bag Honors Good Legal Writing from Past Year”:

    1.Honorable Alex Kozinski, In re Complaint of Judicial Misconduct, 425 F.3d 1179 (9th Cir. 2005) (dissenting)

    2. Honorable Alex Kozinski, “The Appearance of Propriety,” Legal Affairs, Jan./Feb. 2005

    Thanks in advance,

    sincerely,

    Dr. Richard Cordero, Esq.

  2. Dear Madam or Sir,

    I would be indebted if you would e-mail to me the text of the following entries in your list “Green Bag Honors Good Legal Writing from Past Year”:

    1.Honorable Alex Kozinski, In re Complaint of Judicial Misconduct, 425 F.3d 1179 (9th Cir. 2005) (dissenting)

    2. Honorable Alex Kozinski, “The Appearance of Propriety,” Legal Affairs, Jan./Feb. 2005

    Thanks in advance,

    sincerely,

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