The Green Bag

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The Green Bag  
Discipline Law
Language English
Publication details
Publication history
Green Bag Press (United States)
Frequency Quarterly
Standard abbreviations
Green Bag
Green Bag
ISSN 1095-5216

The Green Bag: An Entertaining Journal of Law (second series) is a quarterly legal journal dedicated to publishing "good writing" about the law. It was established in 1997 by three former classmates at the University of Chicago Law School (Ross Davies, David Gossett, and Montgomery Kosma). In calling itself an "entertaining" journal, it is not strictly a journal of humor and unserious work. Rather, The Green Bag aims to publish articles that are brief, readable, and meant to provoke discussion.[1]

Since 2003, The Green Bag has issued bobblehead dolls depicting Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, both present and past.[2]

In addition to the periodical, the Green Bag Press publishes other works of legal interest, including The Green Bag Almanac and Reader, an annual collection of the year's best legal writing, In Chambers Opinions by the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, and The Journal of Law. In addition, every year the journal releases a list of outstanding legal writing.[3][4] From 2013 to 2015, the Green Bag's website and Twitter feed also included a weekly "lunchtime law quiz" feature.

The Green Bag, second series was inspired by the original Green Bag, a legal magazine that was published between 1889 and 1914, and popular during the Progressive Era. Its offerings included a series of articles contributed by David Werner Amram, which formed the substance of his 1905 book, Leading Cases in the Bible. In these, Amram approached the Bible in a spirit of free scientific inquiry and illuminated the legal problems involved even indirectly in the biblical narrative. The striking originality and charming style of the book was of interest to students of both the law and the Bible.[5]


  1. ^ "The Green Bag". The Green Bag. Archived from the original on 1 July 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  2. ^ The Green Bag "bobbleheads" webpage.
  3. ^ "YLS Faculty Honored for Legal Writing by the Green Bag Journal". Yale Law School. Archived from the original on 17 June 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Fusaris, Janis. "The Green Bag's Best Judicial Opinions of 2011". UConn School of Law. Archived from the original on 1 July 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  5. ^ David Werner Amram, American Jewish Committee, Biographical Sketches, 1942, p. 377.

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