Since 2005, The Green Bag has published the annual Green Bag Almanac & Reader. Find it here in our collection. This is a compendium of "good legal writing from the past year, selected by the luminaries and sages on our board of advisers." This year, those "luminaries" chose the following lead opinions as the best judicial decisions of 2009:
Frank H. Easterbrook - Buchmeier v. United States, 581 F. 3d 561 (7th Cir. 2009) From the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals website.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg - United States v. Hayes, 129 S. Ct. 1079 (2009) From the USSC official website.
Jed S. Rakoff - SEC v. Bank of America Corp., 2009 WL 2916822 (S.D.N.Y. 2009) From the Southern District of New York website.
Which one is best? You be the judge. So to speak.
Coming soon - the best dissents.