Judges and Their Editors
Douglas E. Abrams
University of Missouri School of Law
March 16, 2010
Albany Government Law Review, Vol. 3, p. 392, 2010
University of Missouri School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2009-18
This essay discusses the roles of personal law clerks, central staff clerks, and Reporters of Decisions in editing judges’ opinions at the drafting stage. “The overarching lesson [is] that by submerging pride of authorship during an opinion’s gestation and by weighing editorial input with an open mind, judges secure in their craft advance the interests of justice.” The essay also discusses the constraints imposed by the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct on the circle of persons a judge may consult without giving the parties advance notice. The essay is adapted from Prof. Abrams’ address to the international meeting of the Association of Reporters of Judicial Decisions in Halifax, Nova Scotia on August 7, 2009.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 12
Keywords: law clerks, central staff clerks, reporters of decisions, judge's opinions, judges
Date posted: July 26, 2009 ; Last revised: March 17, 2010
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