Legalese

Reading Law
The Interpretation of Legal Texts
Antonin Scalia & Bryan A. Garner
Thompson/West, $39.96, 608 pp.

Justice Antonin Scalia has built one of the most important jurisprudential legacies in American law. He is best known as a formidable proponent of textualism and originalism. Textualists focus on the meaning of words and eschew more abstract inquiries about the law’s purposes. Originalists attempt to discern the original meaning of a legal document—most frequently the Constitution. Scalia has never been a favorite of the legal professoriate, but it is no surprise that law...

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Marc O. DeGirolami is associate professor of law and associate director of the Center for Law and Religion at St. John’s University School of Law.

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