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Justice Scalia and Bryan Garner's Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts

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Reading Law

Please join the USF School of Law for an evening with Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Antonin Scalia and lawyer and lexicographer Bryan A. Garner as they discuss their book Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts, take questions from attendees, and sign books.

The evening will include a conversation between Justice Scalia and Bryan Garner regarding legal writing and interpretation, a question and answer session, and a book signing. USF School of Law Dean John Trasviña will offer welcome remarks. Guests who purchase a ticket including a discounted copy of the book (see below) will receive their books upon event check-in, and will be able to participate in the book signing.

Please note: Space is limited and registration will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28. On-site registration will not be available. 

Date: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. lecture, 7:30 p.m. book signing
Price: $75 for lecture, a hardcover copy of the book, and 1.5 MCLE hours;
$45 for lecture only (no CLE)
Location: University of San Francisco, McLaren Conference Center

We hope to see USF faculty, staff, students, friends of the law school, and members of the Bay Area legal community for this special event. USF faculty, staff, and students will receive special instructions via email on how to obtain tickets for this event.


Justice Antonin Scalia

Justice Scalia

Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice, was born in Trenton, New Jersey, on March 11, 1936. He married Maureen McCarthy in 1960 and has nine children. He received an A.B. in 1957 from Georgetown University and the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, an LL.B. in 1960 from Harvard Law School, and was a Sheldon Fellow of Harvard University from 1960-1961. He was in private practice in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1961-1967, and served as Professor of Law at the University of Virginia from 1967-1971, as Professor of Law at the University of Chicago from 1977-1982, and as Visiting Professor of Law at both Georgetown University and Stanford University. He served as Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law from 1981-1982 and its Conference of Section Chairmen from 1982-1983. He served as General Counsel of the Office of Telecommunications Policy from 1971-1972, as Chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States from 1972-1974, and as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel from 1974-1977. He served as a Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1982. Nominated as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States by President Reagan, he assumed that office on September 26, 1986.

Bryan A. Garner

Brian Garner

Bryan A. Garner is the author of more than 20 books on legal writing and language in general. His magnum opus is the third edition of Garner’s Modern American Usage, published by Oxford University Press. He is best known as editor-in-chief of the venerable Black’s Law Dictionary, now in its ninth edition. Since 1991, he has taught more than 120,000 lawyers, judges, and paralegals in continuing legal education seminars throughout the United States and abroad. His company, LawProse, Inc. of Dallas, is the  country’s largest provider of legal-writing and -drafting CLEs. The late novelist and essayist David Foster Wallace, writing in Harper’s, called Garner “a genius, though of a rather particular  kind.... He’s both a lawyer and a lexicographer (which seems a bit like being both a narcotics dealer and a DEA agent).” 

This event is co-sponsored by the Litigation Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco and the USF School of Law Center for Law and Ethics.



University of San Francisco, McLaren Conference Center
2130 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA 94117

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MCLE (1.5 Hours)

This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.5 credit hours. The University of San Francisco School of Law is an approved provider of MCLE and certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved educational activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.