Antonin Scalia

Antonin Scalia, 1936–, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1986–), b. Trenton, N.J. He graduated from Harvard Law School (1960) and subsequently taught law at the Univ. of Virginia (1967–71) and the Univ. of Chicago (1977–82). In 1982 President Reagan named him to the federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and four years later he was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court, taking the seat vacated when William Rehnquist ascended to the position of chief justice. An outspoken conservative, Scalia is a prominent proponent of "textualism," the idea that one should focus on the text of the U.S. constitution or a law and its original meaning when seeking to interpret it, and that decisions of judges should be based on that original meaning, a position enunciated in A Matter of Interpretation (1997). Though he has been willing to overturn (often liberal) precedents and has been one of the most conservative members of the Court's right wing, Scalia has sometimes taken more libertarian positions, for example, protecting flag burning as a form of free speech.

See biography by J. Biskupic (2009).

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Justice Antonin Scalia and the Supreme Court's Conservative Moment
Christopher E. Smith.
Praeger Publishers, 1993
Judges on Judging: Views from the Bench
David M. O'Brien.
Chatham House Publishers, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 18 "Originalism: The Lesser Evil" by Antonin Scalia Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
A Matter of Interpretation: Federal Courts and the Law : An Essay
Antonin Scalia; Amy Gutmann; Gordon S. Wood; Laurence H. Tribe; Mary Ann Glendon; Ronald Dworkin.
Princeton University Press, 1997
The Justices of the United States Supreme Court: Their Lives and Major Opinions
Leon Friedman; Fred L. Israel.
Chelsea House, vol.5, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Antonin Scalia" begins on p. 1715
Justice Scalia and the Confrontation Clause: A Case Study in Originalist Adjudication of Individual Rights
Murphy, Cornelius M.
American Criminal Law Review, Vol. 34, No. 3, Spring 1997
Why Justice Scalia Should Be a Constitutional Comparativist ... Sometimes
Gray, David C.
Stanford Law Review, Vol. 59, No. 5, March 2007
Supreme Injustice: How the High Court Hijacked Election 2000
Alan M. Dershowitz.
Oxford University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "The Inconsistency of the Majority Justices with Their Previously Expressed Views"
Constitutional Interpretation: Illusion and Reality
Jeffrey M. Shaman.
Greenwood Press, 2001
Librarian’s tip: "Rehnquist and Scalia: Forays into Weakening Intermediate Scrutiny" begins on p. 96
What If Justice Scalia Took History and the Rule of Law Seriously?
Winter, Steven L.
Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum, Vol. 12, No. 1, Fall 2001
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