Who's the Shakespeare of legal writing?

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Who's the Shakespeare of legal writing?

Postby khaosan17 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:44 am

Are there any judges/lawyers whose legal writing clearly stands out from the rest?
Who would law professors/lawyers single out as being some of the best writers of legal opinions?
I'm a rising 1L who's interested in reading some of the best written legal opinions of all time.

I've heard the name Oliver Holmes thrown around a lot. Would you say he's one of the best?

Thank you in advance!

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Re: Who's the Shakespeare of legal writing?

Postby dixiecup » Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:27 am

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Re: Who's the Shakespeare of legal writing?

Postby uncle_rico » Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:17 pm

As much as I want this to be a flame, I feel like it’s sadly not :roll:

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Re: Who's the Shakespeare of legal writing?

Postby SFSpartan » Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:42 pm

I really hope this is a flame. If it's not, go enjoy what's left of your summer and put this out of your mind, OP.

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Re: Who's the Shakespeare of legal writing?

Postby khaosan17 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:25 am

Not a flame.

I just wanted to read some well-written opinioms from the best.

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Re: Who's the Shakespeare of legal writing?

Postby khaosan17 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:08 am

SFSpartan wrote:I really hope this is a flame. If it's not, go enjoy what's left of your summer and put this out of your mind, OP.


Thanks for your advice. I did just that for the past 3 months and I am now eager to get my brain functioning again.

I'm not a gunner -- just an average guy with an average intellect who wishes to know what the "gold standard" of legal writing is before school starts in a couple weeks!

Besides Judge Holmes, if anyone else can recommend some of the best writers of legal opinions in Ameircan legal history, it would be much appreciated. Thanks :)

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Re: Who's the Shakespeare of legal writing?

Postby SFSpartan » Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:57 am

If you insist, some excellent cases to read are: Pennoyer v. Neff, R. v. Dudley and Stephens, Frigaliment Importing Co. v. BNS, Pierson v. Post, Lochner v. New York, and Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins. Have fun!

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Re: Who's the Shakespeare of legal writing?

Postby mec215 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:57 pm

Judge Learned Hand, Judge Richard Posner

But you'll read plenty of both in your classes - enjoy your summer!

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Re: Who's the Shakespeare of legal writing?

Postby White Dwarf » Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:37 pm

If you absolutely must (and you don't), read something by Brian Garner. It will be much more useful than trying to mimic someone else's writing style.

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Re: Who's the Shakespeare of legal writing?

Postby dabigchina » Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:47 am

Old school professors like Cardozo's style. I personally can't make heads or tails of it.

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Re: Who's the Shakespeare of legal writing?

Postby khaosan17 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:22 am

SFSpartan wrote:If you insist, some excellent cases to read are: Pennoyer v. Neff, R. v. Dudley and Stephens, Frigaliment Importing Co. v. BNS, Pierson v. Post, Lochner v. New York, and Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins. Have fun!


Thank you SFSpartan!

I'll Google them and read them! :D

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Re: Who's the Shakespeare of legal writing?

Postby khaosan17 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:24 am

White Dwarf wrote:If you absolutely must (and you don't), read something by Brian Garner. It will be much more useful than trying to mimic someone else's writing style.


Thank you Dwarf! I see that he's written many "how to" books -- reminds me of E.B. White ("Elements of Style").
Will check it out on Amazon!



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