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Green Bag Honors Exemplary Legal Writing

The Green Bag, that "entertaining journal of law" known for, inter alia, its judicial bobbleheads, has announced its 2007 honorees for Exemplary Legal Writing. Unlike so many of the competitions we know and despise, this was "not your typical invitation to competitive self-promotion," the editors say. Rather, an indisputably prestigious board of advisers undertook "a moderately vigilant watch for good legal writing," the premise being that members of the board "would know it when they saw it." From among their selections came winnowing and balloting, to arrive at "the cream of that already creamy crop."

Honorees were authors of judicial opinions, books, magazine and law review articles and appellate briefs. They include three Supreme Court justices recognized for their dissents -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Antonin Scalia in Zuni Public School District No. 89 v. Department of Education, and David H. Souter in Bowles v. Russell. Honored for the books they wrote were Jack L. Goldsmith, The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration; Jan Crawford Greenburg, Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court; Stuart Taylor Jr. & KC Johnson, Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case; and G. Edward White, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. For exemplary writing of an appellate brief, the Green Bag named Georgetown law professor Lisa Heinzerling and the other lawyers who wrote the petitioners' reply brief in Massachusetts v. EPA. (So good was the brief, we will overlook the fact that it was written in early 2006, not in 2007.)

Samples of these articles will appear in forthcoming issues of the journal.

[Hat tip to Set in Style.]

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on January 8, 2008 at 01:46 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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