Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts

February 19, 2020 - Comment

In this groundbreaking book by best-selling authors Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner, all the most important principles of constitutional, statutory, and contractual interpretation are systematically explained in an engaging and informative style-including several hundred illustrations from actual cases. Never before has legal interpretation been so fascinatingly explained. Both authors are individually renowned for

In this groundbreaking book by best-selling authors Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner, all the most important principles of constitutional, statutory, and contractual interpretation are systematically explained in an engaging and informative style-including several hundred illustrations from actual cases. Never before has legal interpretation been so fascinatingly explained. Both authors are individually renowned for their scintillating prose styles, and together they make even the seemingly dry subject of legal interpretation riveting. Though intended primarily for judges and the lawyers who appear before them to argue the meaning of texts, Reading Law is sound educational reading for anyone who seeks to understand how judges decide cases-or should decide cases. The book is a superb introduction to modern judicial decision-making. Justice Scalia, with 25 years of experience on the Supreme Court, is the foremost expositor of textualism in the world today. Bryan A. Garner, as editor in chief of Black’s Law Dictionary and author of Garner’s Dictionary of Legal Usage, is the most renowned expert on the language of the law. Reading Law is an essential guide to anyone who wishes to prevail in a legal argument-based on a constitution, a statute, or a contract. The book is calculated to promote valid interpretations: if you have lame arguments, you’ll deplore the book; if you have strong arguments, you’ll exalt it. But whatever your position, you’ll think about law more clearly than ever before.

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Anonymous says:

Excellent. Esoteric. Valuable. Exactly what I expected from Scalia and Garner…well written, precise, and presented in a way that allows for immediate application into an attorney’s legal writing. Each of the textualist ‘rules’ provides several examples and at least one anecdote that helps solidify the principle offered. For anyone who needs to understand, apply, and argue the meaning of the law, this book is a no-brainer.Regardless of whether you agreed with Scalia’s jurisprudence, this book is a valuable…

Anonymous says:

Excellent Legal Writing and Interpretation Resource An outstanding resource for any lawyer or legal professional. This book has the potential to skyrocket your legal writing skills while at the same time teach you how to understand where judges come from when interpreting the law. If you are in the business of convincing someone in the legal field this is the one to have. Along the way, it may even help you finally understand why your written arguments did not achieve your expected results. Great resource!

Anonymous says:

Decent gift for a law school grad I’m not an attorney, but when my daughter in law recently graduated from law school, I thought this might be an appropriate gift. I work with a number of young lawyers and asked for their opinions. Apparently Justice Scalia is either greatly admired or looked down upon by lawyers. There are very few in the “middle.” But whether they were pro or con, those who read the book commented that they learned something from it and thought it would be a good gift. Happily, she passed the bar…

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