Magazine October 5, 2020, Issue

Antonin Scalia’s Literary Excellence and Legacy of Originalism

The bench of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is draped with black wool crepe inside the Supreme Court, February 16, 2016. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
The Essential Scalia: On the Constitution, the Courts, and the Rule of Law, edited by Jeffrey S. Sutton and Edward Whelan (Crown Forum, 368 pp., $35)

If you know a student who has recently started or returned to law school, you might want to give that aspiring lawyer a short volume of supplemental (and likely alternative) reading about our Constitution and legal tradition. Two distinguished former law clerks to Justice Antonin Scalia, federal circuit judge Jeff Sutton and Ed Whelan, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, have teamed up to edit and publish a collection of the late great justice’s classic legal opinions, lectures, and essays, The Essential Scalia: On the Constitution, the Courts, and the Rule of Law. It includes a foreword by

This article appears as “Scalia’s Law and Ours” in the October 5, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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William H. Pryor Jr., the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, teaches a course at the University of Alabama School of Law about Justice Scalia’s method of interpreting legal texts.

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