The Green Bag, "An Entertaining Journal of Law," has chosen Yale Law School’s Lillian Goldman Library as the official repository for its Supreme Court Bobbleheads. In recognition of this event, a selection of the figurines will be on display through the summer in the library’s rare book exhibition gallery.
The Green Bag has created about one Supreme Court bobblehead a year, starting with Chief Justice Rehnquist in 2003, and only about 1,000 to 2,000 copies of each figurine have been made. They are randomly given away to journal subscribers and are not sold. The dolls are made by the same company that produces the popular bobbleheads of professional sports stars and other celebrities.
The figurines attempt to capture the justices’ individual quirks or interests. Justice O’Connor’s, for example, includes a bobblehead cow in recognition of her upbringing on a cattle ranch. Each justice also holds the volume of U.S. Reports that contains one of his or her signature opinions. Detailed annotations explaining the significance of the items depicted are included with each figurine.
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