About the bobbleheads
We make them for the joy of it, and then we give them away. We do not sell them. If you get one, we hope you enjoy playing with it as much as we enjoyed making it. (Our bobbleheads are produced by the finest bobblemaker in the world, Alexander Global Promotions.) The University of Minnesota Law Library has created a superb online bobblehead exhibit here (based on a gift from James M. Rosenbaum).
Since our most recent family portrait (above), we've added a few new faces:
We make no promises about when we will make them or who will get them. Some (but not all) subscribers to the Green Bag as of the date we announce the release of a bobblehead receive a certificate potentially redeemable for a doll, and we arbitrarily and capriciously give certificates to some folks who are not subscribers (including some public interest groups at law schools that auction the dolls at their fundraisers). Moreover, even holders of certificates are not guaranteed a doll, because we reserve the right to refuse to redeem any certificate for any reason, including but not limited to (a) a shortage of dolls, (b) reasonable or unreasonable suspicion of theft or forgery of a certificate, (c) rudeness by a person seeking to redeem a certificate, and (d) caprice. There is, in other words, no way to lock-in a Green Bag bobblehead. If you want to buy one, your best bets are those charity auctions and eBay.
So, if you represent a bar association — or a dean, or a law professor, or a judge, or the students in a constitutional law class, or a group of law clerks, or an ACS/FedSoc chapter, or a wedding party, or a rotisserie baseball league, or yourself, or anyone or anything else other than a public interest group at a law school — how do you solve the bobblehead acquisition problem? For starters, we would suggest asking your members or associates whether they can give you the bobblehead you desire. We generally make between 1,000 and 2,000 of each bobblehead we design, and most of them make their way out of our hands and into the wide world pretty quickly, which means there may well already be a bobblehead available in your own circle. If that does not work, the solution is in the previous paragraph: You can buy one on eBay, or you can do what it takes to make one appear at an auction conducted by a public interest group at a law school. This last approach should be pretty easy for nearly all lawyers: Encourage a public interest group at your alma mater (or, if you are a law school professor or librarian or administrator, your place of work) to ask us for a bobblehead to be auctioned at its fundraiser in support of public interest work, and then be the winning bidder when the auction happens. What’s especially pleasing about this approach is that you end up with the bobblehead you desire and the bobblehead itself (through the money you pay for it) ends up serving the needy. That is why we do not make exceptions for our friends and admirers: doing so would undermine support for public interest groups at law schools (and we do seem to enjoy a temporary uptick in friendship and admiration every time we release a new bobblehead). If your law school does not have a group that raises money to support public interest work, you might want to encourage it to start one.
If you just want a chance to get a bobblehead and do not care about any of the other stuff, there is a way, though the odds are long. It involves a quiz. Alas, the quiz is on hiatus right now, but it should be back soon.
There are two ways to ensure you will not receive a bobblehead from us: (1) ask us to give or sell you one (unless you represent a law school public interest group that will auction the asked-for doll at a fundraiser); (2) assert a right to one.
The bobbleheads are invariably in short supply and too fragile for us to ship with any confidence that they will arrive in good condition. And besides, we cannot afford to do it. That means redemption of a certificate must be done in person.
Bring (or arrange for someone to bring) your bobblehead certificate to the Green Bag’s bobbleheadquarters at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, 1625 Eye Street NW, Washington, DC, during the firm’s regular business hours.
To facilitate retrieval of bobbleheads by proxies, we do not insist that a person redeeming a certificate be the original recipient of that certificate. Please don’t lose a certificate. If you do, you will also lose any bobblehead that might be associated with it. We will not respond to a photocopy, fax, scan, or other reproduction of a certificate. Originals only.
The bobbleheads themselves
We have been making bobbleheads of U.S. Supreme Court Justices for a long time, and we hope to keep that work going forever. We recently made our first bobblehead honoring a non-Justice — Belva Ann Lockwood — and we hope to do more work of that sort too.
The Justices are listed below in order of their appointment to the Court (with release dates in parentheses). All prototypes of the bobbleheads (and samples of all the production versions) are archived at the Lillian Goldman Law Library at the Yale Law School, where they are surely safer than they would be in the clumsy hands of Green Bag editors. To learn more about the Yale collection, click here and here.
High-resolution annotations are here.
• John Jay (2010)
• John Rutledge (2010)
• William Cushing (2010)
• William H. Rehnquist (2003)
• William H. Rehnquist (supp. 1 - Athens & Rome - 2014)
• John Paul Stevens (2004)
• Sandra Day O'Connor (2004)
• Antonin Scalia (2005)
• Antonin Scalia (prototype - never released)