Antonin Scalia, Legal Giant

Scalia was the most important Supreme Court Justice of his era, and he had a great influence on me as I studied law. I was shocked and saddened to hear of his death this morning. From the NYTimes:

"Scalia’s eloquence and brio ensured that his influence was not just intellectual but also personal. Countless conservative legal eagles who came of age after 1986 will talk about how it was Scalia who inspired them to pursue a career in the law, Scalia who showed them what it meant to be an intellectually fulfilled right-winger in a profession that tilts left, Scalia whose good-humored zest for intellectual combat shaped their own approach to controversy. Indeed, there are few professional conservatives, period — academics or think tankers or even newspaper columnists — who have not been influenced in some sense by Scalia’s words, his writing, his mind."

“No one is born hating another person

because of the color of his skin, or his

background, or his religion. People must learn

to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can

be taught to love, for love comes more naturally

to the human heart than its opposite.”

-Nelson Mandela, RIP