On Monday, April 18th, Drs. Hadley Arkes and Gerard Bradley spoke at Ave Maria University for a symposium on the life and legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia (1936-2016). The event was made possible by the support of the Ave Maria University Henkels Lecture Fund.
Gerry Bradley, Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, offered an assessment of Justice Scalia’s legacy in constitutional law in general, his contributions to the relationship of moral truth and constitutional law, and finally, his impact on the debate over religion and public life. Bradley identified as one of Scalia’s most powerful and lasting legacies the way he inspired and shaped the minds of law students across the country over the last several decades.
Hadley Arkes, Amherst College’s Edward Ney Professor of Jurisprudence from 1987 through his retirement in 2015, was a longtime friend to Antonin Scalia and knew him before he became a judge. Arkes offered another side of “Nino”–memories of their personal encounters, sketches of their conversations and a glimpse into how their friendship was often an exchange of ideas, particularly along the lines of Scalia’s own “conflicted” relation with Natural Law.
[Below: Esteemed Professors Hadley Arkes, at top, and Gerry Bradley speak to students, faculty, staff and the larger University community on the legacy of Justice Scalia.]