The following was prepared by our clients and good friends, Atlantic Legal Foundation.
Justice Antonin Scalia was the most influential Supreme Court justice of the past 30 years because he had a clear, consistent, persuasive idea of how to interpret the Constitution. For almost three decades on the Court he defended the original meaning of the Constitution against the legal fads and inventions of more political Justices, leaving a judicial legacy that will carry long into the future. He forged a reputation as the Court’s most influential conservative and was an icon in the larger conservative intellectual movement. Scalia galvanized a community of legal scholars, judges and practitioners to follow then twin approaches of textualism and originalism, disputing the notion of a “living Constitution.”
Justice Scalia will be remembered for his writing style and his profound impact on oral argument through rapid-fire and pointed questions. He had a sharp pen and quick wit, but was often modest and charming. Friends and colleagues said he was a gifted storyteller and a delightful dinner companion, admired for his intellect and the model he set for how to maintain relationships with colleagues across the ideological spectrum, even as he vigorously disagreed with them on the bench and in his writing. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, his ideological opposite on the Court, noted that Scalia was a jurist of “captivating brilliance and wit,” who could “make even the “most sober judge laugh.”
Justice Scalia is cited in a number of briefs prepared by Atlantic Legal Foundation. His influence on the justice system will long be remembered. Review the citations here.