Roberts and Kagan Among Green Bag Legal Writing Awardees

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and Associate Justice Elena Kagan were among those honored by The Green Bag for their excellence in legal writing.

Roberts was singled out in the category Opinions for the Court for an entertaining grammar lesson he included in his March 1 decision in FCC v. AT&T, while Kagan was cited in the category Concurrences and Dissents for her forceful dissent in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn, an Establishment Clause case.

The late 7th Circuit judge Terence Evans, who dealt in an amusing manner with trademark issues surrounding the quilted pattern of certain toilet paper brands in Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products v. Kimberly-Clark Corp., joined Roberts as an additional winner in the category of judicial opinions. Judge Richard Posner, also of the 7th Circuit, won in the same category for his decision in the Alien Tort Statute case Flomo v. Firestone Natural Rubber Co.

Book winners were: William Coleman, Counsel for the Situation; Clare Cushman, Courtwatchers: Eyewitness Accounts in Supreme Court History; and William Stuntz, The Collapse of American Criminal Justice.

The Green Bag's board of advisers selected the works as exemplars of good legal writing from the year just passed. They will appear in the 2012 Almanac & Reader. Mason Law Professor Ross Davies is editor-in-chief of The Green Bag. A full list of winners is here.