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101 Minn. L. Rev. Headnotes 1 (2016)

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A  Consequential Justice

Robert   A.  Steint

    Antonin  Scalia served as Associate Justice of the Supreme
Court  of the United  States for more  than twenty-nine  years
from  his appointment  by President Ronald  Reagan  in 1986 to
his death in 2016. At the time of his death, Justice Scalia was
the  senior Justice on  the  Court. Justice Scalia's length  of
service on the Court ranks 15th longest among  the 112 Justices
in Supreme  Court history.
    It is not the length of Justice Scalia's service on the Court,
but  rather   the  consequence   of his  opinions   that  most
distinguishes him.  During   his years  on the  Court, Justice
Scalia was  able to lead the Court to the right in a number  of
areas of law.
    When   Justice Scalia visited the University of Minnesota
Law  School for a lecture and conversation on October 20, 2015,2
he described Justice William Brennan   as the most influential
Justice of the twentieth century.3 In fact, Justice Scalia and
Justice  Brennan together represent two of the most
consequential  Justices on  the Court  during  the sixty years
since Justice Brennan's appointment  in 1956-Justice  Brennan
moving  the Court  to the left, and Justice Scalia subsequently
moving  the Court to the right.

    t  Everett Fraser Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School.
I would like to thank Nicholas R. Bednar, 2016 graduate of the University of
Minnesota Law School, for his superb assistance in the preparation of this
article. Copyright © 2016 by Robert A. Stein.
    1. See Members of the Supreme Court of the United States, SUPREME
COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, http://www.supremecourt.gov/about/members
text.aspx (last visited July 6, 2016).
    2. The 2015 Stein Lecture: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia,
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA LAW SCHOOL, https://www.law.umn.edu/events/
2015-stein-lecture-us-supreme-court-justice-antonin-scalia (last visited July 6,
    3. Justice Antonin Scalia, The 2015 Stein Lecture at the University of
Minnesota (Oct. 20, 2015) [hereinafter The 2015 Stein Lecture].


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