Magazine October 19, 2020, Issue

Justice Barrett Would Extend Scalia’s Legacy

Judge Amy Coney Barrett (Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images)
A look at the nominee’s record

‘His judicial philosophy is mine too,” declared Amy Coney Barrett of her beloved mentor Antonin Scalia, at the White House ceremony for her nomination to the Supreme Court. Judge Barrett packed a lot of meaning into those few words. Her record, both as a judge and in her earlier career as a distinguished law professor at Notre Dame, shows both her profound commitment to Justice Scalia’s principles of textualism and originalism and her stellar ability to implement them.

As Barrett has explained, “textualism” and “originalism” are essentially two names for the same methodology, one arising in the field of statutory interpretation,

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