Luminaries and Sages Emeritus on what was our Board of Advisers (2005-2014)

Vikram D. Amar
Kate Andrias
Laura I. Appleman
Stephen M. Bainbridge
Howard J. Bashman
William W. Bedsworth
Carol A. Beier
Rebecca White Berch
Robert C. Berring, Jr.
Lillian R. BeVier
Leiv Blad
Danny J. Boggs
Adam Bonin
Bennett Boskey
Catherine Bridge
Khiara M. Bridges
Richard Brust
Femi Cadmus
Erwin Chemerinsky
Jim Chen
Karin Ciano
Linda T. Coberly
Avern Cohn
Ruth Colker
Bridget Crawford
R. Ted Cruz
Clare Cushman
Laurie Webb Daniel
Susanna Dokupil
Thomas H. Dupree
J. Michael Eakin
Kathy Eastmunt
Paul H. Edelman
Heather Elliott
John P. Elwood
Elizabeth Engdahl
Lee Epstein
Richard A. Epstein
Cynthia Estlund
Samuel Estreicher
Ferdinand F. Fernandez
Cassandra Ferrannini
Eugene R. Fidell
Barry J. Fishman
Charles Fried
Curtis Gannon
Suzanne Garment
Bryan A. Garner
David J. Garrow
Francesca Gessner
Allen G. Gless
Ronald Goldfarb
Thomas Goldstein
Michele B. Goodwin
Brianne Gorod
Linda Greenhouse
Leslie Griffin
Patrick Hanlon
Nathan L. Hecht
Stephen Henderson
Robert H. Henry
Jessie Hill
James C. Ho
Morris B. Hoffman
Joan S. Howland
Anna Ivey
Gregory F. Jacob
Robert A. James
Erik M. Jensen
Arlene Johnson
Denise R. Johnson
Erika Z. Jones
Emily E. Kadens
Harold E. Kahn
Sarah Kaltsounis
John L. Kane
Sonia K. Katyal
Orin S. Kerr
William J. Kilberg
Montgomery Kosma
Rachel Kovner
Alex Kozinski
Michael S. Kwun
Steve Lagerfeld
Charles Lane
Gerald Lebovits
Douglas Lederman
Leandra Lederman
Martin S. Lederman
Pierre N. Leval
Adam Liptak
Steven Lubet
Toni Massaro
Ira Brad Matetsky
Tony Mauro
Nancy Bellhouse May
M. Margaret McKeown
Laura Meckler
John E. Morris
Luther T. Munford
Donald J. Munro
Thomas Nachbar
Ronald E. Nehring
Theodore B. Olson
Mark P. Painter
Rebecca R. Pallmeyer
Eduardo Moises Penalver
Cedric Merlin Powell
H. Jefferson Powell
Cynthia J. Rapp
Laura Krugman Ray
Susan Phillips Read
David Roe
James M. Rosenbaum
Lee H. Rosenthal
David B. Salmons
Eugene Scalia
Barry R. Schaller
Joseph Sclafani
Suzanna Sherry
Loren A. Smith
Leslie H. Southwick
Mary Lou Soller
James Springer
Jacob A. Stein
Cate Stetson
Kate Stith
Elizabeth S. Stong
David R. Stras
Paul A. Suttell
Stephanie Tai
Stuart S. Taylor, Jr.
Edwin G. Torres
Nina Totenberg
John Tryneski
Melvin I. Urofsky
Melissa H. Weresh
Robin L. West
Mary Whisner
G. Edward White
Mike Widener
J. Harvie Wilkinson
Steven L. Willborn
Diane P. Wood
Douglas P. Woodlock
Wilhelmina M. Wright
Richard C. Wydick

(Not every adviser participated every year, but all were invited to do so.)

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Exemplary Legal Writing

2016 Honorees

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.

Judicial Opinions
• 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.

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2015 Honorees

Our nominators and voters have selected the following works as exemplars of good legal writing from the year just passed. All of them (except for the books) will appear in the 2016 Almanac & Reader. Congratulations to all.

Opinions for the Court
• Charles R. Breyer, In re Hewlett-Packard Company Shareholder Derivative Litigation, No. 3:12-cv-06003-CR (N.D. Cal. July 28, 2015)
• Elena Kagan, Mach Mining, LLC v. EEOC, 135 S.Ct. 1645 (2015)
• Cornelia T.L. Pillard, Arpaio v. Obama, 797 F.3d 11 (D.C. Cir. 2015)
• Amul R. Thapar, Wagner v. Sherwin-Williams Co., Civil No. 14-178-ART (E.D. Ky. Apr. 29, 2015)

Concurrences, Dissents, Etc.
• Carlos T. Bea, John Doe I v. Nestle USA, Inc., 788 F.3d 946 (9th Cir. 2015)
• Frank H. Easterbrook, Thomas v. Clements, 797 F.3d 445 (7th Cir. 2015)
• O. Rogeriee Thompson, Sanchez v. Roden, 808 F.3d 85 (1st Cir. 2015)
• Don R. Willett, Patel v. Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, 469 S.W.3d 69 (Tex. 2015)

Law Review Articles of 50 Years Ago
• Guido Calabresi, The Decision for Accidents: An Approach to Nonfault Allocation of Costs, 78 Harvard Law Review 713 (1965)
• Herbert Wechsler, The Courts and the Constitution, 65 Columbia Law Review 1001 (1965)

Recommended by our respectable authorities — Femi Cadmus, Lee Epstein, Cedric Merlin Powell, and Susan Phillips Read.

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2014 Honorees

Our board of advisers has selected the following works as exemplars of good legal writing from the year just passed. They will appear in the 2015 Almanac & Reader. (For the books, that means excerpts.) Congratulations to all.

Opinions for the Court
• Frank H. Easterbrook, National Organization for Women, Inc. v. Scheidler, 750 F.3d 696 (7th Cir. 2014)
• Neil M. Gorsuch, Yellowbear v. Lampert, 741 F.3d 48 (10th Cir. 2014)
• Richard A. Posner, Baskin v. Bogan, 766 F.3d 648 (7th Cir. 2014)
• John G. Roberts, Jr., Riley v. California, 134 S.Ct. 2473 (2014)
• Diane P. Wood, Empress Casino Joliet Corp. v. Johnston, 763 F.3d 723 (7th Cir. 2014)

Concurrences, Dissents, Etc.
• Emilio M. Garza, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, 758 F.3d 633 (5th Cir. 2014)
• Richard C. Tallman, Henry v. Ryan, 766 F.3d 1059 (9th Cir. 2014)
• Don R. Willett, El-Ali v. State, 428 S.W.3d 824 (Tex. 2014)

• Joan Biskupic, Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice (Sarah Crichton Books 2014)
• Bryan A. Garner, Black’s Law Dictionary (Thomson West 2014) (10th edition)
• Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz, Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution (Henry Holt and Co. 2014)

Long Articles
• Toby J. Heytens, Reassignment, 66 Stanford Law Review 1 (2014)
• Andrew Norris, A Maelstrom of International Law and Intrigue: The Remarkable Voyage of the S.S. City of Flint, 54 American Journal of Legal History 73 (2014)

News and Editorial
• David Cole, Can Privacy Be Saved?, New York Review of Books (March 6, 2014)
• Linda Greenhouse, With All Due Deference, New York Times (July 23, 2014)
• Adam Liptak, The Polarized Court, New York Times (May 10, 2014)

• Drew Justice, Response to Government’s Motion in Limine Two, State v. Powell (Cir. Ct. Williamson County, Tenn. [2013]) (No. I-CR-086639-B)
• Jon R. Muth and Patrick M. Jaicomo, Amicus Curiae Brief of the Students of Father Gabriel Richard High School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, People v. Carp, 852 N.W.2d 801 (Mich. 2014), 2014 WL 814722
• Ilya Shapiro, Brief of Amici Curiae Cato Institute and P.J. O’Rourke in Support of Petitioners, Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus, 134 S.Ct. 2334 (2014), 2014 WL 880942

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2013 Honorees

Our board of advisers has selected the following works as exemplars of good legal writing from the year just passed. They will appear in the 2014 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 Insurance 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)

• 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 and 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,, October 21, 2013
• Brandi Grissom, Trouble in Mind: How Should Criminals Who Are Mentally Ill Be Punished?, Texas Monthly, March 2013

• 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)

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2012 Honorees

Opinions for the Court
• José A. Cabranes, Rivas v. Fischer, 687 F.3d 514 (2d Cir. 2012)
• John Gleeson, U.S. v. Dossie, 851 F.Supp.2d 478 (E.D.N.Y. 2012)
• Royce C. Lamberth, In re Grand Jury Subpoena, 846 F.Supp.2d 1 (D.D.C. 2012)
• Ojetta R. Thompson, Schatz v. RSLC, 669 F.3d 50 (1st Cir. 2012)

Concurrences, Dissents, Etc.
• Marsha Berzon & Richard Tallman, Miles v. Ryan, 697 F.3d 1090 (9th Cir. 2012)
• Neil Gorsuch, U.S. v. Rosales-Garcia, 667 F.3d 1348 (10th Cir. 2012)
• Elena Kagan, Williams v. Illinois, 132 S.Ct. 2221 (2012)

• Dale Carpenter, Flagrant Conduct: How A Bedroom Arrest Decriminalized Gay Americans (W.W. Norton & Company 2012)
• David M. Dorsen, Henry Friendly, Greatest Judge of His Era (Harvard University Press 2012)
• J. Harvie Wilkinson III, Cosmic Constitutional Theory (Oxford University Press 2012)

Long Articles
• Charles Fried, On Judgment, 15 Lewis & Clark Law Review 1025 (2011)
• Arthur R. Miller, McIntyre in Context: A Very Personal Perspective, 63 South Carolina Law Review 465 (2012)
• Carol Sanger, “The Birth of Death”: Stillborn Birth Certificates and the Problem for Law, 100 California Law Review 269 (2012)

News and Editorial
• Tom Goldstein, We’re getting wildly differing assessments, SCOTUSblog,, July 7, 2012
• Jill Lepore, Benched: The Supreme Court and the struggle for judicial independence, The New Yorker, June 18, 2012
• Dahlia Lithwick, Extreme Makeover: The story behind the story of Lawrence v. Texas, The New Yorker, March 12, 2012
• Jonathan Macey, Tackling the Power of the 1%, Politico, November 29, 2011

• Frank H. Easterbrook, Commencement Address, Swarthmore College
• Bob Kohn & Julia Alekseyeva, Brief of Bob Kohn as Amicus Curiae, U.S. v. Apple, Inc.
• Christy Susman & David Gooder, Letter to Patrick Wensink, Jack Daniel's, July 12, 2012

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2011 Honorees

Opinions for the Court
• Terence Evans, G-P Consumer Prod. v. Kimberly-Clark, 647 F.3d 723 (7th Cir. 2011)
• Richard A. Posner, Flomo v. Firestone Natural Rubber Co., 643 F.3d 1013 (7th Cir. 2011)
• John G. Roberts, Jr., FCC v. AT&T Inc., 131 S.Ct. 1177 (2011)

Concurrences, Dissents, Etc.
• Charles E. Freeman & Anne M. Burke, Maksym v. Bd. of Election Comm'rs, 950 N.E.2d 1051 (Ill. 2011)
• Elena Kagan, Arizona Christian School Tuition Org. v. Winn, 131 S.Ct. 1436 (2011)
• Alex Kozinski, U.S. v. Alvarez, 638 F.3d 666 (9th Cir. 2011)
• Ann Claire Williams, U.S. v. Holcomb, 657 F.3d 445 (7th Cir. 2011)

• William T. Coleman, Jr. with Donald T. Bliss, Counsel for the Situation: Shaping the Law to Realize America’s Promise (Brookings Inst. Press 2010)
• Clare Cushman, Courtwatchers: Eyewitness Accounts in Supreme Court History (Rowman & Littlefield 2011)
• William J. Stuntz, The Collapse of American Criminal Justice (Harv. Univ. Press 2011)

Short Articles
• Goodwin Liu, Pamela S. Karlan, and Christopher H. Schroeder, Constitutional Fidelity, in Keeping Faith with the Constitution (Oxford Univ. Press 2010)
• Adam White, The Burkean Justice, Weekly Standard, July 18, 2011

Long Articles
• Paul Horwitz, Our Boggling Constitution; or, Taking Text Really, Really Seriously, 26 Const. Commentary 651 (2010)
• Richard Pildes, Is the Supreme Court a “Majoritarian” Institution?, 2010 Sup. Ct. Rev. 103

News and Editorial
• Michael McConnell, Where Credit Is Due, Advancing A Free Society, July 13, 2011
• Jed Rubenfeld, His Killing Was Lawful, L.A. Times, May 16, 2011

• Bennett M. Epstein and Kimba M. Wood, Application in Limine for a Brief Recess, and Order, United States v. Lacey, No. 09 Cr. 507 (KMW) (S.D.N.Y Nov. 17 & 18, 2010)
• Thomas M. Melsheimer, World Champion Dallas Mavericks and Radical Mavericks Management’s Motion for Summary Judgment, Hillwood Investment Properties III, Ltd. v. Radical Mavericks Management, LLC, No. 10-05639 (Dallas County, Texas Dist. Ct. June 22, 2011)

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2010 Honorees

Opinions for the Court
• Frank H. Easterbrook, Bodum USA, Inc. v. La Cafetiere, Inc., 621 F.3d 624 (7th Cir. 2010)
• John Gleeson, U.S. v. Ovid, 2010WL3940724 (E.D.N.Y.)
• John L. Kane, U.S. v. Brownfield, No. 08-cr-00452-JLK (D. Colo. 2009)
• Kevin G. Ross, State v. Wiggins, 788 N.W.2d 509 (Minn. App. 2010)

Concurrences, Dissents, Etc.
• Alex Kozinski, U.S. v. Pineda-Moreno, 617 F.3d 1120 (9th Cir. 2010)
• Diane P. Wood, Bodum USA, Inc. v. La Cafetiere, Inc., 621 F.3d 624 (7th Cir. 2010)

• John H. Langbein, Renee Lettow Lerner & Bruce P. Smith, History of the Common Law: The Development of Anglo-American Legal Institutions (Wolters Kluwer 2009)
• Martha Minow, In Brown’s Wake (Oxford University Press 2010)
• Jack Rakove, Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2010)

Short Articles
• Barbara Babcock, Clara Shortridge Foltz, in Roger K. Newman, ed., The Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (Yale University Press 2009)
• Justin Driver, Why Law Should Lead, The New Republic, April 8, 2010
• Jeffrey Rosen, Roberts versus Roberts: Just how radical is the chief justice?, The New Republic, March 2, 2010
• Mary Whisner, Enact Locally, 102 Law Library Journal 497 (2010)

Long Articles
• Albert W. Alschuler, Two Ways to Think About the Punishment of Corporations, 46 American Criminal Law Review 1359 (2009)
• Allen D. Boyer, Law’s Architect, 22 Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities 127 (2010)
• Mark R. Kravitz, Written and Oral Persuasion in the United States Courts: A District Judge’s Perspective on Their History, Function, and Future, 10 Journal of Appellate Practice and Process 247 (2009)

News & Editorial
• William W. Bedsworth, No Questions Asked?, The Recorder, March 26, 2010
• Jeffrey Toobin, Without a Paddle,The New Yorker, September 27, 2010
• Nina Totenberg, Martin Ginsburg’s Legacy: Love of Justice (Ginsburg) ), Weekend Edition Saturday, NPR, July 2, 2010

• Heather K. Gerken, Testimony Submitted to the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, February 2, 2010
• Tony West et al., Opposition to Plaintiff’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction and Memorandum in Support of Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss, Al-Aulaqi v. Obama, 2010 WL 4941958 (D.D.C. filed September 25, 2010)

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2009 Honorees

Opinions for the Court
• Frank H. Easterbrook, Buchmeier v. United States, 581 F.3d 561 (7th Cir. 2009) (en banc)
• Ruth Bader Ginsburg, United States v. Hayes, 129 S. Ct. 1079 (2009)
• Jed S. Rakoff, SEC v. Bank of America Corp., 2009WL2916822 (S.D.N.Y. 2009)

Concurrences, Dissents, Etc.
• Alex Kozinksi, U.S. v. Cruz, 554 F.3d 840 (9th Cir. 2009)
• John T. Noonan, Jr., Tucson Herpetological Society v. Salazar, 566 F.3d 870 (9th Cir. 2009)
• John G. Roberts, Jr., Virginia v. Harris, 130 S. Ct. 10 (2009)
• David H. Souter, U.S. v. Navajo Nation, 129 S. Ct. 1547 (2009)

• Amy Bach, Ordinary Injustice: How America Holds Court (Metropolitan Books 2009)
• Annette Gordon-Reed, The Hemingses of Monticello (W.W. Norton & Co. 2008)
• David G. Post, In Search of Jefferson’s Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace (Oxford University Press 2009)

Short Articles
• Pamela S. Karlan, Voting Rights and the Third Reconstruction, in The Constitution in 2020 (Oxford University Press 2009) (Jack M. Balkin & Reva B. Siegel, eds.)
• David F. Levi, Autocrat of the Armchair, 58 Duke Law Journal 1791 (2009)
• Michael J. Morrissey, Dead Men Sometimes Do Tell Tales: Lessons on Cross-Examination and Life from Great Chicago Trial Lawyers (Law Bulletin 2008) (Steven F. Molo & James R. Figliulo, eds.)

Long Articles
• Lani Guinier, Courting the People: Demosprudence and the Law/Politics Divide,89 Boston University Law Review 539 (2009)
• Frederick Schauer, A Critical Guide to Vehicles in the Park, 83 NYU Law Review 1109 (2008)
• G. Edward White, Introduction to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., The Common Law (1881; Harvard University Press 2009 prtg.)

News & Editorial
• Eugene R. Fidell, Appellate Review of Military Commissions, Balkinization, October 8, 2009
• Dahlia Lithwick, Shit Doesn’t Happen: The Supreme Court’s 100 percent dirt-free exploration of potty words, Slate, November 4, 2008
• Kermit Roosevelt, Justice Cincinnatus: David Souter—a dying breed, the Yankee Republican, Slate, May 1, 2009
• Jeffrey Toobin, Are Obama’s judges really liberals?, The New Yorker, September 21, 2009

• Elena Kagan et al., Brief for the United States as Amicus Curiae Supporting Petitioners, Migliaccio v. Castaneda, Nos. 08-1529 and 08-1547 (U.S. 2009)
• Martin S. Lederman, Constitutionality of the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission Act of 2009, 33 Op. Office of Legal Counsel (2009)
• Elizabeth B. Wydra et al., Brief of Constitutional Law Professors as Amici Curiae in Support of Reversal, McDonald v. City of Chicago (7th Cir. 2009)

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2008 Honorees

Opinions for Courts
• Frank H. Easterbrook, FTC v. QT, Inc., 512 F.3d 858 (7th Cir. 2008)
• Robert A. Katzmann, Aris v. Mukasey, 517 F.3d 595 (2d Cir. 2008)
• M. Margaret McKeown, Anderson v. Terhune, 516 F.3d 781 (9th Cir. 2008) (en banc)

• Charles Lane, The Day Freedom Died: The Colfax Massacre, the Supreme Court, and the Betrayal of Reconstruction (Henry Holt & Co. 2008)
• Victoria F. Nourse, In Reckless Hands: Skinner v. Oklahoma and the Near-Triumph of American Eugenics (W.W. Norton & Co. 2008)
• Antonin Scalia & Bryan A. Garner, Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges (Thomson/West 2008)
• Benjamin Wittes, Law and the Long War: The Future of Justice in the Age of Terror (Penguin Press 2008)

Short Articles
• Norman Otto Stockmeyer, To Err Is Human, To Moo Bovine: The Rose of Aberlone Story, 24 Thomas M. Cooley Law Review 491 (2007)
• Jeffrey Toobin, Death in Georgia, The New Yorker, Feb. 4, 2008
• J. Harvie Wilkinson III, Toward One America: A Vision in Law, 83 New York University Law Review 323 (2008)

Long Articles
• Michael Boudin, Judge Henry Friendly and the Mirror of Constitutional Law, 82 New York University Law Review 975 (2007)
• Lee Epstein, Kevin Quinn, Andrew D. Martin & Jeffrey A. Segal, On the Perils of Drawing Inferences About Supreme Court Justices from Their First Few Years of Service, 91 Judicature 168 (2008)
• James Robertson, Quo Vadis, Habeas Corpus?, 55 Buffalo Law Review 1063 (2008)
• Philippe Sands, The Green Light, Vanity Fair (May 2008)

• Richard G. Kopf, The Top Ten Things I Learned From Apprendi, Blakely, Booker, Rita, Kimbrough and Gall, (2008)
• John G. Roberts, Jr., Pennsylvania v. Dunlap, 129 S. Ct. 448 (2008)

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2007 Honorees

• Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., 127 S. Ct. 2162 (2007) (dissent)
• Daniel L. Harris, Doherty v. Wizner, 210 Or. App. 315 (2006)
• Richard A. Posner, Gilles v. Blanchard, 477 F.3d 466 (7th Cir. 2007)
• Antonin Scalia, Zuni Public School District No. 89 v. Department of Education, 127 S. Ct. 1534 (2007) (dissent)
• Laurence H. Silberman, Parker v. District of Columbia, 478 F.3d 370 (D.C. Cir. 2007)
• David H. Souter, Bowles v. Russell, 127 S. Ct. 2360 (2007) (dissent)

• Jack L. Goldsmith, The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration (Norton 2007)
• Jan Crawford Greenburg, Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court (Penguin 2007)
• Stuart Taylor, Jr. & KC Johnson, Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case (Thomas Dunne 2007)
• G. Edward White, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (Oxford 2006)

Short Articles
• Walter Dellinger, Everything Conservatives Should Abhor, Slate, June 29, 2007
• Dennis Jacobs, The Secret Life of Judges, 75 Fordham Law Review 2855 (2007)
• Kermit Roosevelt, Originalism and the Living Constitution: Reconciliation, ACS Issue Brief (July 2007)
• Cass R. Sunstein, The Myth of the Balanced Court, American Prospect (Sept. 2007)

Long Articles
• Luther T. Munford, The Peacemaker Test: Designing Legal Rights to Reduce Legal Warfare, 12 Harvard Negotiation Law Review 377 (2007)
• Jeffrey Rosen, The Dissenter, N.Y. Times Magazine (Sept. 23, 2007)
• John Fabian Witt, Anglo-American Empire and the Crisis of the Legal Frame (Will the Real British Empire Please Stand Up?), 120 Harvard Law Review 754 (2007)

• Lisa Heinzerling et al., Reply Brief for Petitioners in Massachusetts v. EPA, 127 S. Ct. 1438 (2007)
• Roger W. Hughes, Legalese in the Age of IM (Instant Messaging), 8 Appellate Advocate 14 (Summer 2006)
• James R. Muirhead, Wolff v. Department of Corrections, Civ. No. 06-cv-321-PB (D.N.H. Sept. 18, 2007)

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2006 Honorees

• Jay S. Bybee, Amalgamated Transit Union v. Laidlaw Transit Servs., 448 F.3d 1092 (9th Cir. 2006)
• Alex Kozinski, Jespersen v. Harrah’s, 444 F.3d 1104 (9th Cir. 2006)
• Richard Posner, Cecaj v. Gonzales, 440 F.3d 897 (7th Cir. 2006)
• John G. Roberts, Jr., Rumsfeld v. FAIR, 126 S. Ct. 1297 (2006)
• Ronald A. White, Green v. Bd. of Comm’rs, 450 F.Supp.2d 1273 (E.D. Okla. 2006)
• William G. Young, U.S. v. Kandirakis, 441 F.Supp.2d 282 (D. Mass. 2006)

• Bruce Ackerman, The Failure of the Founding Fathers: Jefferson, Marshall, and the Rise of Presidential Democracy (Belknap 2005)
• Jack Goldsmith & Tim Wu, Who Controls the Internet: Illusions of a Borderless World (Oxford 2006)
• Geoffrey Robertson, The Tyrannicide Brief: The Story of the Man Who Sent Charles I to the Scaffold (Pantheon 2006; Chatto & Windus 2005)
• Benjamin Wittes, Confirmation Wars: Preserving Independent Courts in Angry Times (Rowman & Littlefield 2006)

Short Articles
• Adam Liptak, Supreme Court Smackdown!, N.Y. Times, March 12, 2006
• Duncan MacDonald, The Story of a Famous Promissory Note, 10 Scribes J. L. Writing 79 (2006)
• Jeffrey Rosen, Judicial Exposure, N.Y. Times, Jan. 29, 2006
• Jonathan M. Starble, Gimme an ‘S’: The High Court’s Grammatical Divide, Legal Times, Oct. 9, 2006
• Stuart Taylor, Jr., Something’s Rotten at Duke, Nat’l J., May 29, 2006
• Diane P. Wood, Original Intent versus Evolution: The Legal-Writing Edition, The Scrivener, Summer 2005

Long Articles
• Harold Hongju Koh, Can the President Be Torturer in Chief?, 81 Indiana L.J. 1145 (2006)
• Pierre N. Leval, Judging Under the Constitution: Dicta About Dicta, 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1249 (2006)
• J. Harvie Wilkinson III, The Rehnquist Court at Twilight: The Lures and Perils of Split-the-Difference Jurisprudence, 58 Stan. L. Rev. 1969 (2006)

Briefs & Motions
• Aaron M. Panner et al., Amicus Brief in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld
• Seth P. Waxman et al., Amicus Brief in Smith v. Texas

• Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Restyled Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
• Judith S. Kaye, The Best Oral Argument I (N)ever Made, 7 J. App. Prac. & Process 191 (2005)
• Mark L. Movsesian, Samuel Williston: Brief Life of a Resilient Legal Scholar, Harv. Mag. (Jan.-Feb. 2006)

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2005 Honorees

• Paul G. Cassell, U.S. v. Angelos, 345 F. Supp. 2d 1227 (D. Utah 2004)
• Alex Kozinski (dissenting), In re Complaint of Judicial Misconduct, 425 F.3d 1179 (9th Cir. 2005)
• Mark P. Painter, Kohlbrand v. Ranieri, 823 N.E.2d 76 (Ohio Ct. App. 2005)
• James M. Rosenbaum, Rohwer v. Federal Cartridge Co., 2004 U.S. Dist. Lexis 23744 (D. Minn.)
• Antonin Scalia (dissenting), Roper v. Simmons, 543 U.S. 551 (2005)
• Diane P. Wood, Gore v. Indiana University, 416 F.3d 590 (7th Cir. 2005)

• David P. Currie, The Constitution in Congress: Democrats & Whigs, 1829-1861 (Chicago 2005)
• Linda Greenhouse, Becoming Justice Blackmun (Henry Holt 2005)
• Sadakat Kadri, The Trial: A History, from Socrates to O.J. Simpson (Random House 2005)

Short Articles
• Elaine E. Bucklo, Putting Your Worst Foot Forward, Litigation, Winter 2005
• Alex Kozinski, The Appearance of Propriety, Legal Affairs, Jan./Feb. 2005
• Burt Neuborne, Courting Trouble, The American Prospect, Jan. 4, 2005
• Margaret Talbot, Supreme Confidence, The New Yorker, Mar. 28, 2005

Long Articles
• Anonymous, Jazz Has Got Copyright Law & that Ain’t Good, 118 Harv. L. Rev. 1940 (2005)
• Bryan A. Garner, Don’t Know Much About Punctuation, 83 Tex. L. Rev. 1443 (2005)
• Brian C. Kalt, The Perfect Crime, 93 Georgetown L.J. 675 (2005)
• John H. Langbein, Questioning the Trust Law Duty of Loyalty, 114 Yale L.J. 929 (2005)

Briefs and Motions
• Walter Dellinger et al., Amicus Brief in Rumsfeld v. F.A.I.R.
• Mark A. Perry et al., Amicus Brief in Van Orden v. Perry

• Jon O. Newman, It Can Only Get Better, 6 J. App. Prac. & Process 177 (2004)
• Charles A. Sullivan, The Under-Theorized Asterisk Footnote, 93 Georgetown L.J. 1093 (2005)

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