LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Supreme Court justice who worked for Antonin Scalia says he was a “warm and gregarious person” and a “force to be reckoned with” on the nation’s highest court.
Scalia was found dead Saturday at a Texas ranch. He was a prominent conservative voice on the U.S. Supreme Court for nearly 30 years.
Joan Larsen served as Scalia’s law clerk earlier in her career. She recalled his commitment to “constitutional principles” and said everyone knew he had a “brilliant mind.”
Larsen was a University of Michigan law professor before joining the state Supreme Court last year.
U-M law professor Gil Seinfeld says it was a privilege to be a “liberal clerk” working for Scalia in 2002-03. He says Scalia had “an insatiable appetite for argument and discussion.