Remembering Justice Scalia: first reactions

In the early 1980s I had the honor to work for Antonin Scalia at the magazine Regulation, of which he was then editor. By the time Justice Scalia died yesterday at age 79, he had become the premier jurist of our time, the most influential legal writer, and, in my view, the most important American conservative since Ronald Reagan. Initial reactions, which include some very fine appreciations: Cass Sunstein, Mark Stern, John McGinnis, Ross Douthat, Jacob Sullum, Ilya Shapiro, and, at Cato’s blog, Roger Pilon, Trevor Burrus, Ilya Shapiro again, and Tim Lynch.

I’m at work on a couple of pieces remembering and appreciating his life and work. In the mean time, here are a few tidbits from this website’s coverage over the years:


  • “American Express v. Italian Colors: vindicating freedom of contract in the form of freedom to agree to predispute arbitration.”

    I can assure you that the vast majority of Americans would not define a system where they can never ever no matter what see the inside of a courtroom if they are wronged by a big business or their employer as “freedom.”

  • Justice Scalia will be missed. Some great responses. One not linked here but worthy of reading is Justice Ginsburg’s statement: “We Were Best Buddies.”

  • […] Earlier here. And I’ve adapted this (with some additional historical material) into a new Cato post, to […]