It’s Cyber Monday, but you’ve been too busy writing briefs and checking #AppellateTwitter to make a holiday wish list. Are you doomed? Probably. Get that big, grateful smile ready for when you unwrap your third law dictionary and that handsome gavel from Aunt Peg.
Here’s some help. Twelve gift ideas for appeals nerd. I’m a Third Circuit fanboy, so naturally my list is CA3-centric.
For your library
- Draft No. 4, by John McPhee. The brand-new guide to nonfiction writing by the acclaimed New Yorker writer. If Santa doesn’t bring this for me, heads will roll.
- Scalia Speaks, edited by Christopher Scalia & Ed Whelan. I’m no fan of Scalia the Justice, but even I realize how much there is to learn from Scalia the Writer. Holiday jiggery pokery!
- Rebooting Justice, by Benjamin Barton & Stephanos Bibas. The latest book co-authored by the Third Circuit’s newest judge, described by the New York Times as “enlightening and well-written.”
- Winning on Appeal (3d ed.), by Tessa Dysart & Leslie Southwick. The new edition of the classic guide to appellate advocacy originally authored by Third Circuit Judge Aldisert. A highlight is a chapter on how 12 appellate lawyers prepare for oral argument, starting with Howard Bashman and ending with Seth Waxman.
For your office
- A professional font. Is there is an appellate-nerdier gift in the whole world than a new font? There is not. I recommend Matthew Butterick’s Equity. Other options here.
- A nice mouse. You spend half your day scrolling through web pages and PDFs, get a mouse that scrolls like a dream.
- Membership in the Third Circuit Bar Association. Yes you must, and $40 is criminally under-priced.
For your life
- I’m biased! but I think my sister Tanya Stiegler makes some pretty amazing jewelry. Strangers stop my wife to compliment her Tendril earrings.
- Harbison cheese by Jasper Hill Creamery. Holy moly it’s good.
- New music. Try Zanaka by Jain or Break It Yourself by Andrew Bird.
- Founders Breakfast Stout beer. A world-class beer that’s widely available and just as enjoyable for casual beer drinkers as it is for beer dorks.
And one more
- A donation to the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. Support the work of terrific lawyers working for a terrific cause.