In tribute to Justice Antonin Scalia’s life and commitment to the rule of law, this pic of the week features Justice Scalia at the Library’s Magna Carta evening gala.
Justice Scalia was a monumental legal thinker, who was known for his deep reverence of the United States Constitution, exuberant personality, and interest in opera. Therefore, it probably does not come as a surprise that Justice Scalia participated in the opening of our exhibition, Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor, which celebrated the 800th anniversary of the 1215 Magna Carta. The exhibit explored the Great Charter’s influence in shaping our constitutional government and freedoms that the Founding Fathers outlined in the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights. Justice Scalia provided the keynote address at the exhibition evening gala, which featured musical performances by the Temple Church Choir and mezzo-soprano opera singer, Denyce Graves. The 13th Librarian of Congress James Billington, now Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao, and HRH The Princess Royal, provided opening remarks. Justice Scalia’s remarks and the opening remarks by other dignitaries can be viewed in the video below.
As the nation’s oldest cultural institution, the Library of Congress is honored to have had the opportunity to host Justice Antonin Scalia. Justice Scalia’s carefully crafted opinions will challenge and enhance legal and political discourse for generations. The Law Library has gathered resources below that highlight Justice Scalia’s nomination, other Supreme Court Justice nominations, and guides on judicial research. We hope these sources below will aid in these discussions and advance civic knowledge: