The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption
Rick Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science, University of California-Irvine School of Law
In conversation with Keith Whittington, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Princeton University
Free and open to the public. Lunch is provided.
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Please join us for a lunchtime book conversation with Rick Hasen, the author of The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption, and Princeton Politics professor Keith Whittington.
From Yale University Press: "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."
Presented by the Program in Law and Public Affairs and cosponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions