Assorted Canards of Contemporary Analysis Redux

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Lecture Series

Sumner Canary Lecture

Subject Headings

legal reasoning, legal analysis, judicial opinions, statutory analysis, textualism, jurisprudence


Case Western Reserve University School of Law

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The Honorable Amy Coney Barrett U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

In the fall of 1989, Justice Antonin Scalia delivered the Eleventh Sumner Canary Lecture. It was entitled “Assorted Canards of Contemporary Legal Analysis,” and in it, Justice Scalia described some “ritual errors” of legal reasoning that populate judicial opinions. In this lecture, Judge Amy Coney Barrett will mark the 30th anniversary of Justice Scalia’s lecture by revisiting the same topic. She will consider whether the errors that Justice Scalia identified are still around, and she will highlight some of her own quarrels with legal analysis as it stands in 2019.