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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Green Bag “Exemplary Legal Writing 2013” Honorees

The Green Bag’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) has selected the following works as exemplars of good legal writing from the year just passed. They will appear in the 2014 edition of the the Green Bag Almanac & Reader. (For the books, that means excerpts.) Congratulations to all.

Opinions for the Court

• Frank H. Easterbrook, Silverman v. Motorola Solutions, Inc., 2013 WL 4082893 (7th Cir. 2013)

• Susan Illston, In re National Security Letter, 930 F.Supp.2d 1064 (N.D. Cal. 2013)

• Brett Kavanaugh, Vann v. U.S. Department of the Interior, 701 F.3d 927 (D.C. Cir. 2012)

• Raymond Kethledge, Bennett v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Ins. Co., 731 F.3d 584 (6th Cir. 2013)

Concurrences, Dissents, Etc.

• Rosemary Barkett, U.S. v. Bellaizac-Hurtado, 700 F.3d 1245 (11th Cir. 2012)

• Elena Kagan, American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, 133 S.Ct. 2304 (2013)

• Mark S. Massa, Indiana Gas Co. v. Indiana Finance Authority, 992 N.E.2d 678 (Ind. 2013)

• Milan D. Smith, Jr., Lane v. Facebook, Inc., 709 F.3d 791 (9th Cir. 2013)

Books

• Randall Kennedy, For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law (Pantheon Books 2013)

• Margaret Klaw, Keeping It Civil: The Case of the Pre-nup and the Porsche & Other True Accounts from the Files of a Family Lawyer (Algonquin Books 2013)

• Kenneth W. Mack, Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer (Harvard University Press 2012)

Long Articles

• Vanessa Banni-Viñas, Correcting a Ballerina’s Story: The Truth Behind Makletzova v. Diaghileff, 53 American Journal of Legal History 353 (2013)

• John H. Langbein, The Disappearance of Civil Trial in the United States, 122 Yale Law Journal 522 (2012)

• Diane P. Wood, When to Hold, When to Fold, and When to Reshuffle: The Art of Decisionmaking on a Multi-Member Court, 100 California Law Review 1445 (2012)

News & Editorial

• Jess Bravin, In Mississippi, a Gray Area Between Black and White, Wall Street Journal, March 16, 2013 (updated March 28)

• Jack Chin, Getting Law Review Fans Out of the Closet: Liptak on Jacobs and Waxman, PrawfsBlawg, prawfsblawg.blogs.com, October 21, 2013

• Brandi Grissom, Trouble in Mind: How Should Criminals Who Are Mentally Ill Be Punished?, Texas Monthly, March 2013

Miscellany

• Stephen B. Kaplitt, Letter to Richard D. Trenk (June 17, 2013)

• David Keating, Letter to Senator Richard J. Durbin, Center for Competitive Politics (September 16, 2013)

• John G. Roberts, Jr., 2012 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary, Supreme Court of the United States, Public Information Office (December 31, 2012)

• Stephen E. Sachs, Jeffrey S. Bucholtz, and Daniel S. Epps, Brief of Professor Stephen E. Sachs as Amicus Curiae, Atlantic Marine Construction Co. v. U.S. District Court, 134 S.Ct. 568 (2013)

Posted by Ross Davies on December 22, 2013 at 10:21 AM | Permalink

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