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Congratulations to Josh Blackman

2018 Joseph Story Award winner.

A hearty congratulations to Professor Josh Blackman for winning the 2018 Joseph Story Award from the Federalist Society.

I would assume Professor Blackman does not need too much of an introduction to the VC readership, as he has repeatedly guest-blogged in our pages. For those who missed those posts, here's a quick rundown: Blackman is an Associate Professor of Law at the South Texas College of Law in Houston, founder of both the Harlan Institute and FantasySCOTUS, author of two excellent books on the ObamaCare litigation (Unprecedented and Unraveled), a prolific scholar, blogger, and tweeter.

The Joseph Story Award is given annually by the Federalist Society to a legal academic under age 40 "who has demonstrated excellence in legal scholarship, a commitment to teaching, a concern for students, and who has made a significant public impact in a manner that advances the rule of law in a free society. " In this, it is the successor to the Paul M. Bator Award. Professor Blackman joins an illustrious list of former award winners, including several Conspirators (Randy Barnett, Eugene Volokh, Orin Kerr, Paul Cassell, Eugene Kontorovich, Nita Farahany, William Baude, and some other guy).

This honor is well-deserved.

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  • Jeff Walden||

    "some other guy" Give Stewart Baker his due!

  • Jerry B.||



    A fantasy league based on Supreme Court decisions?


  • MightyMouse||

    At the very least, it extends the metaphor of a judge "calling balls and strikes", as suggested by Roberts in his Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

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