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Monday, May 04, 2009

Stuntz argues for Karlan & the importance of writing skills

Bill Stuntz recently put up a post advocating in favor of Pam Karlan for Justice Souter’s seat.  In the course of his advocacy Stuntz makes the case for writing skills as an important (and generally overlooked) component of a justice’s influence.  I think he’s onto something.  I just finished my maiden voyage teaching Con Law, and was struck by the extent to which the really well-written opinions stand out.  Stuntz’s post is well worth a read.

Posted by Chad Oldfather on May 4, 2009 at 01:04 PM in Judicial Process | Permalink


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Stuntz's post covers similar ground as a discussion today on the ConlawProf listserv about Souter's memorable opinions or quotations--the similar implication being that, because Souter was not widely regarded as a good writer, he does not leave a memorably body of work.

Posted by: Howard Wasserman | May 5, 2009 12:49:26 AM

Bill Stuntz is all integrity, brains, and guts. More people should read his blog.

Posted by: Lindsay | May 4, 2009 11:33:45 PM

I remember reading a great article about the importance of writing to the judicial function a couple of years ago. I think it was this one: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=978688

Posted by: Hanah Volokh | May 4, 2009 8:52:37 PM

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