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Contest Judges Find 21 'Exemplars of Good Legal Writing' in 2010

Via a post by Tony Mauro on the Blog of Legal Times, I see that a website called Green Bag has posted the results of its "Exemplary Legal Writing 2010" contest. Mauro writes that he was one of the unpaid judges for the contest, which sought to identify "selected exemplars of good legal writing from the year just past." (For the record, the first thought that comes to my mind upon hearing of the plight of the unpaid judges who must sift through legal opinions and papers looking for something good is, as Bono put it in his kind-of-puzzling portion of the song "Do They Know It's Christmas?"," ... "Well, tonight thank God it's them, instead of yooooooou!!!").

The unpaid judges found more than a dozen exemplars of good writing from judges, journalists, professors and others, in categories including Opinions for the Court; Concurrences, Dissents, Etc.; Books; Short Articles; Long Articles; News & Editorial; Miscellany. No blog posts made the cut.

Mauro notes that one of the winning court opinions involved the baggy pants style of fashion that we've discussed here, but in a different context. In State v. Wiggins, Judge Kevin G. Ross dealt with a case in which

the officer ordered a suspect to raise his hands overhead, then pulled up his pants, which had dropped to knee level. In the process, the officer felt a gun in the suspect's pocket and made an arrest. Even given the "baggy-pants fashion trend," the judge wrote, the officer was justified in hitching them up from knee-level for the sake of decency.

So not only did Judge Ross contribute to our nation's quickly-growing baggy pants jurisprudence, he won himself an award in the process!

Posted by Bruce Carton on January 3, 2011 at 10:23 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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