Fordham Law

Fordham Law Review Article Receives National Recognition

February 05, 2008

The Green Bag, a law journal and news forum for legal thinkers, has named a speech appearing in the May 2007 Fordham Law Review as one of the top short articles of last year.

The piece, "The Secret Life of Judges", was originally presented by Hon. Dennis Jacobs (US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit) during the November 2006 John F. Sonnett Memorial Lecture at Fordham Law School.

One of four articles given this honor, the speech will be featured in the forthcoming 2008 edition of the Green Bag Almanac & Reader.

"Judge Jacobs's lecture generated national interest immediately after publication" said Fordham Law Review Editor-in-Chief Katherine Hughes. "In his eloquent style, he casts light on the often unacknowledged biases judges bring to the bench, their relationship with lawyers, and their innermost thoughts, both conscious and subconscious, about the law."

The attention included a mention by New York Times reporter Adam Liptak, who called Jacobs a "candid man" who writes "with the kind of verve and sense of proportion entirely absent in most legal work," in his August 2007 article, "With the Bench Cozied Up to the Bar, the Lawyers Can't Lose."

The speech was the first Jacobs gave upon becoming chief judge in 2006. He was nominated to serve on the 2nd Circuit by George H.W. Bush on March 20, 1992, after a nearly twenty-year career in private practice with the New York law firm of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett. Jacobs earned an M.A. in 1965 and a J.D. in 1973, both from New York University.

"The Law Review is honored to have published the piece, and we congratulate Judge Jacobs on receiving this award," Hughes said.

For a complete listing of the year's <i>Green Bag</i> honorees, view the official announcement at,

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