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The Green Bag, a quarterly journal dedicated to good writing about the law, has announced its first annual list of outstanding legal writing from the past year. The honorees were selected by the journal’s special Board of Advisers on good legal writing, which includes distinguished members from the state and federal judiciaries, private law firms, the news media, and academia.
For more information on the selection process and the Board of Advisers, please see the excerpts from the Green Bag Almanac & Reader 2006 (PDF) — the forthcoming book in which the Green Bag will be republishing the “Exemplary Legal Writing 2005” honorees listed below.
George Mason School of Law Professor Ross Davies is editor-in-chief of The Green Bag, and he edited and compiled the forthcoming Green Bag Almanac & Reader 2006.
Paul G. Cassell, U.S. v. Angelos, 345
F. Supp. 2d 1227 (District of Utah)
Alex Kozinski (dissenting), In re Complaint of Judicial Misconduct, 425 F.3d 1179 (9th Circuit)
Mark P. Painter, Kohlbrand v. Ranieri, 823 N.E.2d 76 (Ohio Court of Appeals)
James M. Rosenbaum, Rohwer v. Federal Cartridge Co. (District of Minnesota)
Antonin Scalia (dissenting), Roper v. Simmons, 543 U.S. 551 (Supreme Court)
Diane P. Wood, Gore v. Indiana University, 416 F.3d 590 (7th Circuit)
David P. Currie, The Constitution in Congress: Democrats & Whigs,
1829-1861 (Univ. of Chicago)
Linda Greenhouse, Becoming Justice Blackmun (Henry Holt)
Sadakat Kadri, The Trial: A History, from Socrates to O.J. Simpson (Random House)
Elaine E. Bucklo, Putting Your Worst Foot Forward,
Litigation, Winter 2005
Alex Kozinski, The Appearance of Propriety, Legal Affairs, January/February 2005
Burt Neuborne, Courting Trouble, The American Prospect, January 4, 2005
Margaret Talbot, Supreme Confidence, The New Yorker, March 28, 2005
Anonymous, Jazz Has Got Copyright Law & that Ain’t
Good, 118 Harvard Law Review 1940
Bryan A. Garner, Don’t Know Much About Punctuation, 83 Texas Law Review 1443
Brian C. Kalt, The Perfect Crime, 93 Georgetown Law Journal 675
John H. Langbein, Questioning the Trust Law Duty of Loyalty, 114 Yale Law Journal 929
Walter Dellinger et al., Amicus Brief in Rumsfeld v.
F.A.I.R. (Supreme Court)
Mark A. Perry et al., Amicus Brief in Van Orden v. Perry (Supreme Court)
Jon O. Newman, It Can Only Get Better,
6 Journal of Appellate Practice & Process 177
Charles A. Sullivan, The Under-Theorized Asterisk Footnote, 93 Georgetown Law Journal 1093