Over the last century, many judges have paved the way for great judicial writing. In Point Taken: How to Write Like the World’s Best Judges, author Ross Guberman examines the cases and opinions of 34 acclaimed judges, focusing on their use of figurative language, vivid examples, grammar, and other writing techniques. Below is an interactive timeline, which highlights some of these important cases and explores how “great judicial writing” was turned into “great writing.” Hover over the judge and case for more information and click on the quill to learn why that case earned a spot on Guberman’s list.
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