Green Bag Names Legal Writing Honorees

The Green Bag, a quarterly journal dedicated to good writing about the law, announced its 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, academia, and elsewhere.

Mason Law Professor Ross Davies is editor-in-chief of the Green Bag. For more information on the selection process and the Board of Advisers, visit for excepts from the Green Bag Almanac & Reader 2011—the forthcoming book in which the Green Bag will republish the "Exemplary Legal Writing 2010" honorees listed below.

Opinions for the Court

Frank H. Easterbrook, Bodum USA, Inc. v. La Cafetiere, Inc., 621 F.3d 624 (7th Cir. 2010)

John Gleeson, U.S. v. Ovid, 2010 WL 3940724 (E.D.N.Y.)

John L. Kane, U.S. v. Brownfield, No. 08-cr-00452-JLK (D. Colo. 2009)

Kevin G. Ross, State v. Wiggins, 788 N.W.2d 509 (Minn. App. 2010)

Concurrences, Dissents, Etc.

Alex Kozinski, U.S. v. Pineda-Moreno, 617 F.3d 1120 (9th Cir. 2010)

Diane P. Wood, Bodum USA, Inc. v. La Cafetiere, Inc., 621 F.3d 624 (7th Cir. 2010)


John H. Langbein, Renee Lettow Lerner & Bruce P. Smith, History of the Common Law: The

Development of Anglo-American Legal Institutions (Wolters Kluwer 2009)

Martha Minow, In Brown’s Wake (Oxford University Press 2010)

Jack Rakove, Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America (Houghton Mifflin

Harcourt 2010)

Short Articles

Barbara Babcock, Clara Shortridge Foltz, in Roger K. Newman, ed., The Yale Biographical

Dictionary of American Law (Yale University Press 2009)

Justin Driver, Why Law Should Lead, The New Republic, April 8, 2010

Jeffrey Rosen, Roberts versus Roberts: Just how radical is the chief justice?, The New Republic,

March 2, 2010

Mary Whisner, Enact Locally, 102 Law Library Journal 497 (2010)

Long Articles

Albert W. Alschuler, Two Ways to Think About the Punishment of Corporations, 46 American

Criminal Law Review 1359 (2009)

Allen D. Boyer, Law’s Architect, 22 Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities 127 (2010)

Mark R. Kravitz, Written and Oral Persuasion in the United States Courts: A District Judge’s

Perspective on Their History, Function, and Future, 10 Journal of Appellate Practice and

Process 247 (2009)

News & Editorial

William W. Bedsworth, No Questions Asked?, The Recorder, Mar. 26, 2010

Jeffrey Toobin, Without a Paddle, The New Yorker, September 27, 2010

Nina Totenberg, Martin Ginsburg’s Legacy: Love of Justice (Ginsburg), Weekend Edition

Saturday, NPR, July 2, 2010


Heather K. Gerken, Testimony Submitted to the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and

Administration, Feb. 2, 2010

Tony West et al., Opposition to Plaintiff’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction and Memorandum

in Support of Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss, Al-Aulaqi v. Obama, 2010 WL 4941958

(D.D.C. filed Sept. 25, 2010)