August 3, 2009
Judge Aldisert's Opinion Writing, 2d ed. Now Available
A couple of weeks ago LLB posted an announcement about Judge Ruggero J. Aldisert's article, Opinion Writing and Opinion Readers [SSRN], which was inspired by the work done by the author and his law clerks in editing and preparing the second edition of the judge's classic book Opinion Writing. At the time, the second edition was not available for purchase. Now it is. It was released by AuthorHouse on July 27 and here's the brochure which includes pricing and sales information. Visit the book's website for additional information.
The first edition was never widely available but was much sought after. On Legal Research Plus, Paul Lomio recounts its history:
West Publishing Co. commissioned Judge Aldisert (Chief Judge Emeritus, Senior U.S. Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3d Circuit) to write the book. It was never sold but utilized by West as a public relations gesture. Despite never being made commercially available, there are 144 libraries in WorldCat that hold copies. West sent the book to all federal judges and to state appellate judges, and as new judges came on later each new judge received a copy. This practice continued for over 15 years, but after West was bought by Thomson, the new owners decided a few years back to stop the practice. Rights were transferred back to the judge and the second edition is being published by AuthorHouse.
About the second edition Lomio adds, "My daughter clerked for Judge Aldisert and assisted with the production of the book. So I know it’s really good!" I ordered my copy right after reading Lomio's post. Highly recommended. [JH]
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