Washington Post Op-ed: Memorializing Justice Scalia’s Legacy

In an opinion piece in the Washington Post, Dean Henry N. Butler and Professor Neomi Rao make the case for naming the law school after the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to memorialize the Justice’s legacy at George Mason University.


In the wake of his passing, much has been written about how Justice Scalia brought about a sea change in interpretation. For example in District of Columbia v. Heller, the Court in an opinion by Justice Scalia held that the Second Amendment protects the individual’s right to possess a firearm. Justice Stevens strongly dissented, but both opinions relied heavily on the original meaning of “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms.”

Justice Scalia’s judicial opinions, speeches, and books conveyed not only his sharp intellect, but also his high spirit. He was not afraid to question the conventional wisdom, to offer the lone dissent, to label his colleagues’ opinions as “interpretive jiggery-pokery.”

Like Justice Scalia, Mason Law has a maverick streak.

Scholars at Mason were instrumental in developing the study of law and economics, which went from upstart to mainstream in short order. Today the Law School continues this tradition, with a commitment to economics, the social sciences, and the foundational study of constitutional and administrative law.

Memorializing the Justice’s legacy at George Mason University, Washington Post, April 5, 2016. By Henry N. Butler & Neomi Rao.

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