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Emory faculty comment on Justice Scalia's legacy

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Emory faculty comment on Justice Scalia’s legacy

Robert Schapiro, Emory Law dean and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, recently wrote for The Conversation on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s judicial legacy after his sudden passing: "He was long the intellectual leader of the conservative wing of the United States Supreme Court. However, he often seemed more interested in being a leader than in having followers. He was no coalition builder, and as evidenced by his losses in the court’s major decisions last term, his jurisprudence is, in my view, likely to have limited impact.” 

Sasha Volokh, associate professor of law, expressed a dissenting opinion in an interview with 11 Alive News, calling Scalia Scalia one of the most impactful justices in a generation. There was more to the late justice than his conservatism, he adds. "It's important to remember that he made an important mark on areas that are not liberal or conservative at all," Volokh said. "For example, he was always a very strong proponent of strict separation of powers."

Get their comments in full, and others by Emory Law faculty, at the links below. 

Dean Schapiro: Scalia a conservative champion of originalism, textualism

Broyde: Here's who should replace Antonin Scalia