To Bryan Garner, editor-in-chief of Black’s Law Dictionary, Justice Antonin Scalia was a friend, a mentor, a collaborator and a fellow lover of words. In the wake of Scalia’s death on Feb. 13, 2016, Garner reflected back over their relationship, from their first brief introduction in 1988 to the trip they took to Asia together in the last weeks of Scalia’s life. Those reflections turned into his latest book, Nino and Me: My Unusual Friendship with Justice Antonin Scalia.
In this episode of the Modern Law Library, Garner speaks with the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles about what gave him the confidence to ask a sitting U.S. Supreme Court justice to co-author two books; the four style issues he and Scalia were never able to agree on; and what it was like to write his first memoir.
ABA Journal (April 2016): “Bryan Garner’s tribute to his friend and co-author Antonin Scalia”
The Modern Law Library (2012): “Scalia Discusses Views on Textualism and the Process of Co-Writing His New Book” (podcast)
ABA Journal (2008): “Scalia and Garner on Appellate Advocacy” (podcast)