November 8, 2018

12:10 pm - 1:00 pm, Eastern Time

The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption

Room 121, New Haven, CT

Join ACS for a book talk with Professor Richard L. Hasen, in conversation with Professor Douglas NeJaime:

"The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption"

Thursday, Nov. 8th, 12:10pm, Room 121

Engaging but caustic and openly ideological, Antonin Scalia was among the most influential justices ever to serve on the United States Supreme Court. In this fascinating new book, legal scholar Richard L. Hasen assesses Scalia’s complex legacy as a conservative legal thinker and disruptive public intellectual.

The left saw Scalia as an unscrupulous foe who amplified his judicial role with scathing dissents and outrageous public comments. The right viewed him as a rare principled justice committed to neutral tools of constitutional and statutory interpretation. Hasen provides a more nuanced perspective, demonstrating how Scalia was crucial to reshaping jurisprudence on issues from abortion to gun rights to separation of powers. A jumble of contradictions, Scalia promised neutral tools to legitimize the Supreme Court, but his jurisprudence and confrontational style moved the Court to the right, alienated potential allies, and helped to delegitimize the institution he was trying to save.


Richard L. Hasen is Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. Hasen is a nationally recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation, writing as well in the areas of legislation and statutory interpretation, remedies, and torts. He was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by The National Law Journal. 

Non-pizza lunch will be served.