It’s the bane of Justices, judges, managing and senior partners at big firms, many practitioners — and, yes, of course, law professors and deans: Why can’t the quality of legal writing be better? goes the oft-heard complaint.

Well, as the summer settles in and the student editors pound away at memos, briefs and other materials on their internships, externships and other vacation employment, here’s a little distraction for them and for working members of the Entertainment bar from the popular press on the prose of folks who should be leaders in the field — the Supremes, in particular, and other members of the robe-wearing, opinion-scribbling crowd, especially.

NPR recently carried this report on legal writing by the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court and the Wall St. Journal published this story on how judges nationwide attempt to jazz up their potentially hum-drum opinions.