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OVER A CENTURY OF

GREAT JUDICIAL WRITING


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Oliver Wendall Holmes Jr.

1905

Dissent in Lochner v. New York


April 17, 1905

Oliver Wendall Holmes Jr.


Towne v. Eisner January 7, 1918

1918
Learned Hand

1929

Cheney Brothers v.
Doris Silk Corp. October 21, 1929
Robert Jackson
Edwards v. California November 24, 1941

1941

1958

Roger Traynor
Drennan v. Star Paving Co.
December 31, 1958

Michael Musmanno
Schwartz v. Warwick-Phila Corp.
January 20, 1967

1967

1970

Alfred Denning, Baron Denning


Thornton v. Shoe Lane Parking December 18, 1970

Richard J. Posner
Albright v. Oliver September 14, 1992

1992

1994

Patricia Wald
Dissent in Steffan v. Perry November 22, 1994
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
United States v. Virginia June 26, 1996

1996

1997

Michael Kirby
Dissent in Greene v. The Queen November 7, 1997

Shira Scheindlin
New York Magazine v. Metropolitan
Transit Authority January 22, 1998

1998

2002

Alex Kozinski
Mattel v. MCA Records July 24, 2002
Antonin Scalia
Scott v. Harris April 30, 2007

2007

2011

Frank Easterbrook
Doe v. Elmbrook School Dist. September 9, 2011

O. Rogeriee Thompson
United States v. Seng Tan March 23, 2012

2012

2012

Jed Rakoff
Garcia v. Bloomberg July 2, 2012

Elena Kagan
Florida v. Harris February 19, 2013

2013

2013

2013

2015

Jonathan Sumption, Lord Sumption


Prest v. Pertrodel June 12, 2013

John Roberts
Shelby County v. Holder June 25, 2013

Brett Kavanaugh
Belize Social Development Ltd.
v. Government of Belize
July 21, 2015

These facts and more can be found in


Point Taken: How to Write Like the Worlds
Best Judges, by Ross Guberman.