A Letter from the Editor: When Can a Judge Write?

1 Courts & Justice Law Journal 9 (2019)

7 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2019

Date Written: April 10, 2019


When can a judge write? Better yet, when can a judge not write? These questions plague the profession with unanswered questions and sought after answers. Our judicial system looks to judges, not as perfect beings who should remain untouched, but rather as imperfect practitioners who should remain above it all. This lofty goal is an admirable one and also one that we must continue to seek out. However, our system also needs our judges to write, speak, and advocate on behalf of our laws. Judges are in a unique position to know what works, what doesn’t, and what will never. So then, how does a judge write without violating this sacred trust? Like so many other legal writers have done, I will analogize this situation to the Youngstown Steel case and follow the parameters set by the esteemed Justice Jackson.

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Coble, Daniel, A Letter from the Editor: When Can a Judge Write? (April 10, 2019). 1 Courts & Justice Law Journal 9 (2019), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3476589

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