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Professor's Blog Contributions Reap ABA Recognition

July 20, 2010

Scotusblog, to which Professor Lisa T. McElroy is a featured contributor, has received a 2010 Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association.

Staffed by a variety of attorneys, journalists and legal scholars, Scotusblog provides timely, comprehensive and accessible coverage of activities within the U.S. Supreme Court.

McElroy writes the “Plain English” feature of the blog, which renders the arcane language of high-court rulings and arguments accessible to general readers.

In conferring the award, the ABA specifically praised the “Plain English” components of the blog, which it said “vastly widen its appeal to general visitors interested in the nation’s highest court and its docket...(and) throw open the doors of the Supreme Court to teachers students, news media and the public at large. In so doing, the blog provides an important public service.”

McElroy is the author of numerous biographies for children of Supreme Court justices and other public officials. She leads a delegation of students to the Supreme Court each year as part of a seminar she teaches.