US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is dead at 79. My condolences to his family and loved ones. He will be missed by many. His death also presents President Obama with a chance to alter the Supreme Court for quite a while (depending on who wins the election and who else leaves). Till now there has been a 5-4 somewhat conservative bloc since the mid 80s. Now, this could shift. Watch for a possible filibuster. If the replacement goes through, watch many areas of the law to fundamentally change.
Justice Scalia spoke at the Center for Constitutional Studies' conference in Banff many years ago, which resulted in this book (edited by Tsvi Kahana and Richard Bauman). I then met him many years later a Federalist Society conference and he still remembered his trip here fondly. I was fortunate to have met him a few times and to be taught by at least one of his clerks. He was known for his sharp wit, amazingly written opinions, and a larger than life personality. He never shied away from answering questions and discussing the law with anyone, including (what I can only imagine was my punkish-20 something self) me many years ago. I could go on, but I am sure there will be many many eulogies and memories shared by others.
Alas, everything in this life, like life itself, comes to an end. Goodbye, you will be missed.