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On playground at a religious school. 77 Justice Ginsburg “was also on the receiving end of a public lecture by her new colleague.” 78 It took no time at all for Justice Gorsuch to as- sume his mentor’s cantankerous and conten- tious tone. The “cool silver fox” 79 is becom- ing a garrulous attack dog. I will report back later on whether this trend continues. Conclusion There is much to like and to emulate in Neil Gorsuch’s writing. His command of co- hesion techniques to establish coherence is commendable. We should all strive for a conversational tone “using words you don’t need to be a lawyer to understand.” 80 Yet, in my opinion, Gorsuch overuses some style techniques. If Gorsuch’s popular and populist writing style prevails, more and more paragraphs will look like the remainder of this paragraph. You might wonder why Gor- such chooses to violate certain core grammar rules, like the prohibition on sentence frag- ments. And the thousands of contractions might make Gorsuch’s style a bit too infor- mal. But that’s not half as bad as his overuse of contractions to start sentences. So, in the end, I agree with Guberman, who summariz- es Gorsuch’s style this way: “As brilliant and talented as Judge Gorsuch is, he sometimes tries just a bit too hard, with results that can be awkward or even jarring.” 81 You should gird yourself for thirty or more years of Neil Gorsuch’s grammatical gimmickry and politi- cal punditry. Anxiously awaiting Justice Ken- nedy’s retirement. ____________________ Greg Johnson is Professor of Law and Director of Legal Writing at Vermont Law School. ____________________ Brian Porto, The Rhetorical Legacy of Antonin Scalia, Vermont B. J. 28 (Summer 2017). 2 See, e.g., Adam Liptack, In Judge Gorsuch, an Echo of Scalia in Philosophy and Style, The New York Times (January 31, 2017). 3 Linda Greenhouse, Trump’s Life-Tenured Judicial Avatar, The New York Times (July 6, 2017), available at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/06/opinion/ gorsuch-trump-supreme-court.html?mcubz=3. 4 Henson v. Santander Consumer USA Inc., ___ U.S. ___, 137 S.Ct. 1718 (2017); Maslenjak v. Unit- ed States, ___ U.S. ___, 137 S.Ct. 1918, 1931 (2017) (Gorsuch, J., concurring); Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, ___ U.S. ___, 137 S.Ct. 2012, 2025 (2017) (Gorsuch, J., concurring); Perry v. Mer- it Sys. Prot. Bd., ___ U.S. ___, 137 S.Ct. 1975, 1988 (2017) (Gorsuch, J. dissenting); Pavan v. Smith, ___ U.S. ___, 137 S.Ct. 2075, 2079 (2017) (Gorsuch, J., dissenting). Justice Thomas joined both dissents and both concurrences. 5 Gorsuch served on the Tenth Circuit for elev- en years. Law librarians from a consortium of law schools have catalogued all of Gorsuch’s opinions from the Tenth Circuit at The Neil Gorsuch Project, available at http://library.law.virginia.edu/gorsuch- project/. 6 Liptak, supra note 2. 7 Wayne Schiess, Justice Gorsuch’s first opinion shows his style (June 20, 2017), available at http:// sites.utexas.edu/legalwriting/2017/06/20/justice- gorsuchs-first-opinion-shows-his-style/. 1 30 Associated Press column, Supreme Court nomi- nee Neil Gorsuch’s writing described as “breezy” (March 8, 2017), available at https://www.cbsnews. com/news/supreme-court-nominee-neil-gorsuch- writing-style-breezy-clever/. 9 Christina Violante, The 4 Wittiest Dissents by Gorsuch (February 1, 2017), available at https:// www.law360.com/articles/887202/the-4-wittiest- dissents-by-gorsuch. 10 Ross Guberman, Judge Gorsuch is a gifted writ- er. He’s a great writer. But is he a “Great Writer”? Part One: Four Gifts (February 7, 2017), available at https://www.legalwritingpro.com/blog/judge- gorsuch-gifts/. 11 Ross Guberman, Judge Gorsuch is a gifted writ- er. He’s a great writer. But is he a “Great Writer”? Part Two: Five weak spots (February 14, 2017), available at https://www.legalwritingpro.com/ blog/judge-gorsuch-the-writer-part-2/. 12 Joe Palazzolo, Supreme Court Nominee Takes Legal Writing to the Next Level, Dow Jones Institu- tional News (February 1, 2017), available at https:// www.wsj.com/articles/supreme-court-nominee- takes-legal-writing-to-next-level-1485912410. 13 Id. 14 W. World Ins. Co. v. Markel Am. Ins. Co., 677 F.3d 1266, 1267 (10th Cir. 2012). 15 Id. at 1268. 16 A.M. v. Holmes, 830 F.3d 1123, 1169 (10th Cir. 2016). 17 Bustos v. A & E Television Networks, 646 F.3d 762, 762 (10th Cir. 2011) (emphasis in original). 18 TransAm Trucking, Inc. v. Admin. Review Bd., U.S. Dep’t of Labor, 833 F.3d 1206, 1215 (10th Cir. 2016) (Gorsuch, J. dissenting). 19 Id. at 1216. 20 Robert Barnes, Gorsuch shows writing style in unanimous opinion about debt collectors, Wash- ington Post (June 12, 2017). 21 Id. 22 Henson, 137 S.Ct. at 1720. 23