Recorder columnist William Bedsworth, a justice of the Fourth District Court of Appeal, is the winner of a Green Bag award for exemplary legal writing in 2010.
In his March 26 column "No Questions Asked?" Bedsworth outlined his reasons for posing questions at oral argument and expressed surprise that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas had gone four years without asking any.
The column will be included in the 2011 Green Bag Almanac & Reader. Other winners in the news and editorial category were Jeffrey Toobin, a legal analyst for CNN and The New Yorker, and NPR's Nina Totenberg.
The Green Bag's California honorees also include Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski in the concurrences and dissents category, U.S. v Pineda-Moreno; Stanford professor Jack Rakove, books, Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America; Stanford professor Barbara Babcock, short articles, Clara Shortridge Foltz; and Assistant Attorney General Tony West, miscellaneous, Opposition to Plaintiff’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction and Memorandum in Support of Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss, Al-Aulaqi v. Obama.