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Happy Anniversary, Justice Scalia

Today, September 26, marks the 25th anniversary of Antonin Scalia being sworn in as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Justice Scalia is the longest-serving Justice currently sitting on the Supreme Court, but he has a way to go to break the record: Justice William O. Douglas sat on the bench from April 17th, 1939 until November 12, 1975, for a total of 36 years, 7 months, and 8 days.

To celebrate (or lament, depending on your point of view) this momentary occasion, here are some resources by and about Justice Scalia:


A brief biography of Justice Scalia (and all the current Justices) can be found on the Court's website, and the Federal Judicial Center also provides a summary of his professional career. Additional information about Justice Scalia, including snippets of notable media coverage and a commentary on his prescence on the Court directed at lawyers who may be arguing before him in the future, can be found in Volume 2 of the Almanac of the Federal Judiciary.

A PDF of the Senate hearings on Scalia's nomination is available through the GPO's FDSys:


Besides over 800 opinions (including concurrences and dissents) he has authored as a Supreme Court Justice, here are some other notable works by Justice Scalia:

Antonin Scalia et al., A Matter of Interpretation: Federal Courts and the Law (Amy Gutmann ed., 1997) [containing an essay on statutory interpretation by Scalia, followed by responses from four leading constitutional law experts]

Antonin Scalia & Bryan A. Garner, Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges (2008)

Antonin Scalia, "The Bill of Rights: Confirmation of Extant Freedoms or Invitation to Judicial Creation?," in Litigating Rights: Perspectives from Domestic and International Law (Grant Huscroft & Paul Rishworth eds., 2002)

Antonin Scalia, "God's Justice and Ours: The Morality of Judicial Participation in the Death Penalty," in Religion and the Death Penalty: A Call for Reckoning (Erik C. Owens, John D. Carlson, & Eric P. Elshtain eds., 2004)

Antonin Scalia, Sovereign Immunity and Nonstatutory Review of Federal Administrative Action: Some Conclusions from the Public-Lands Cases, 68 Mich. L. Rev. 867 (1970)

Antonin Scalia, The Disease as Cure: "In Order to Get beyond Racism, We Must First Take Account of Race", 1979 Wash. U. L.Q. 147 (1979)

Antonin Scalia, The Two Faces of Federalism, 6 Harv. J. L. & Pub. Pol'y 19 (1982)

Antonin Scalia, The Doctrine of Standing as an Essential Element of the Separation of Powers, 17 Suffolk U. L. Rev. 881 (1983)

Antonin Scalia, The Role of the Judiciary in Deregulation, 55 Antitrust L.J. 191 (1986)

Antonin Scalia, Responsibilities of Regulatory Agencies under Environmental Laws, 24 Hous. L. Rev. 97 (1987)

Antonin Scalia, The Rule of Law as a Law of Rules, 56 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1175 (1989)

Antonin Scalia, Originalism: The Lesser Evil, 57 U. Cinn. L. Rev. 849 (1989)


Some excellent works about Justice Scalia include:

Richard A. Brisbin, Jr., Justice Antonin Scalia and the Conservative Revival (1997)

Ralph A. Rossum, Antonin Scalia's Jurisprudence: Text and Tradition (2006)

James Brian Staab, The Political Thought of Justice Antonin Scalia: A Hamiltonian on the Supreme Court (2006)

Joseph L Gerken, What Good is Legislative History?: Justice Scalia in the Federal Courts of Appeals (2007)

Joan Biskupic, American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (2009)


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