Exemplary Legal Writing
Our new panel of luminaries and sages has selected the following works as exemplars of good legal writing from 2016. All of them (except for the books) will appear in the 2017 Almanac & Reader. Congratulations to all.
• Frank H. Easterbrook, Walker v. Trailer Transit, Inc., 824 F.3d 688 (7th Cir. 2016)
• Neil M. Gorsuch, Gutierrez-Brizuela v. Lynch, 834 F.3d 1142 (10th Cir. 2016)
• Natalie E. Hudson, State v. Haywood, 886 N.W.2d 485 (Minn. 2016)
• Elena Kagan, Voisine v. United States, 136 S.Ct. 2272 (2016)
• M. Margaret McKeown, De Fontbrune v. Wofsy, 838 F.3d 992 (9th Cir. 2016)
• Don Willett, J&D Towing, LLC v. American Alternative Ins. Corp., 478 S.W.3d 649 (Tex. 2016)
State Supreme Court Briefs
• Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., et al., Petition for Review, Vergara v. State, 209 Cal.Rptr.3d 532, 558 (Cal. 2016)
• Constantine L. Trela, Jr., Ruth Greenwood, and Annabelle Harless, Brief of Amici Curiae League of Women Voters, et al., Hooker v. Illinois State Bd. of Elections, 63 N.E.3d 824 (Ill. 2016)
(We’d hoped to honor a third brief, but lead counsel, a member of a prominent Delaware law firm, never responded to our polite (we hope) and persistent (we know) pursuit of permission to republish.)
Law Review Articles of 25 Years Ago
• David C. Frederick, John Quincy Adams, Slavery, and the Disappearance of the Right of Petition, 9 Law & History Review 113 (1991)
• Jonathan R. Macey & Geoffrey P. Miller, Origin of the Blue Sky Laws, 70 Texas Law Review 347 (1991)
(We’d hoped to honor a third article, but the author, a professor at a prominent Connecticut law school, never responded to our polite (we hope) and persistent (we know) pursuit of permission to republish. We view his non-response and the non-response by the Delaware lawyer (see above) as (a) denials of permission and (b) healthy reminders of the Green Bag’s insignificance in the eyes of at least some (and maybe more than some) VIP lawyers.)
• Morris Davis (Mar. 12, 2016)
• Bryan A. Garner (Mar. 21, 2016)
• Scott Greenfield (Mar. 15, 2016)
• Harvard Law Review (Apr. 1, 2016)
• Orin Kerr (Mar. 31, 2016)
• Charles Lane (Apr. 9, 2016)
• Don Willett (Dec. 18, 2016)
• Yale Law Journal (Apr. 1, 2016)
Recommended by our respectable authorities — Femi Cadmus, Lee Epstein, Cedric Merlin Powell, and Susan Phillips Read.
Yeah, that’s me, sandwiched between Bryan Garner and Harvard Law Review. You know, where I can usually be found. And that’s when the complaining started.
First, it was:
Gah too bad there are no exemplary # on Twitter. Maybe someday we can rise to the cleverness level of our male counterparts.
The response was, unsurprisingly, a bit more thoughtful than the vagina-counting.
Last year did you nominate exemplary tweets/lrevs (or anything else) written by women? Please do this year! Rules goo.gl/RYBrNm
Or to be more pointed, if you didn’t nominate anyone, don’t gripe about who was honored.* This suggestion was taken to heart.
I’ll try to crank up my ladybrain next year and hopefully be recognized. 😔
A potential honoree twit?
Thank you, Green Bag, for including me in your list of honorees, if only for a twit. And it’s a shame to see everything flushed down the social justice toilet. You handled it graciously.
*There was another twit adding that not only did the Green Bag include an insufficient number of women honorees, but it included a horrifying misogynist bully. I can’t find that twit any longer, or I might include it, but can anyone guess who that disgusting sexist might be?