This Week: On Justice Scalia’s Passing and the Presidents

Death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia

Saturday’s passing of Justice Scalia is already widely covered in press accounts, both those that recount his career and those that give breathless coverage of political machinations resulting from his death. Here in the Marx Law Library we offer resources to take a deeper look at both the Supreme Court generally and Justice Scalia in particular. For the former, consider these books:

  • Justice for All? The Rich and Poor in Supreme Court History, 1790-1990 by Russell Galloway, KF8742.G26 1991
  • Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court by Sandra Day O’Connor, KF8742.O276 2013
  • And if you like browsing the library shelves, you may have surmised that many books about Supreme Court history can be found in KF8742!


For some books about and by the late Justice Scalia:

  • The Opinions of Justice Antonin Scalia: The Caustic Conservative by Paul I. Weizer, KF4549.S32 2004
  • Justice Antonin Scalia and the Conservative Revival by Richard A. Brisbin, Jr., KF8745.S33 1997
  • Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts by Antonin Scalia & Bran A. Garner, KF290.S28 2012
  • Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges by Antonin Scalia & Bran A. Garner, KF8870.S28 2008


Is It Really “Presidents Day?”

Most of our calendars and the advertisements from retail stores and automobile dealers tell us that today, the third Monday in February, is “Presidents Day.” This seemingly amalgamated holiday succeeded the separate designation of the birthday anniversaries of George Washington (February 22nd) and Abraham Lincoln (February 12th by offering another three-day weekend to federal employees and others who officially celebrate the day. In fact, the third Monday in February is officially designated "Washington's Birthday" by 5 U.S.C. § 6103. In O.R.C. § 124.19 the State of Ohio declares the third Monday in February a state holiday without giving it a title. As one might expect of the birthplace of Lincoln, the Commonwealth of Kentucky declares that February 12th is still the public holiday of Lincoln’s Birthday and the third Monday in February is Washington’s Birthday, per K.R.S. § 2.110. Whatever the holiday’s name, we advise you to take the opportunities to celebrate accordingly, and to start by visiting the library’s display, “Spotlight on Presidential Power” this week!


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