Reading Law The Interpretation of Legal Texts

ISBN-10: 031427555X

ISBN-13: 9780314275554

Edition: 2012

Authors: Antonin Scalia, Bryan A. Garner

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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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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: West Publishing Company, College & School Division
Publication date: 6/19/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 608
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.530
Language: English

Bryan A. Garner is president of LawProse, Inc., and Distinguished Research Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University. The editor-in-chief of Black's Law Dictionary, Garner is the author of several best-selling books, including Garner's Modern American Usage and, with Justice Antonin Scalia, Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts and Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges.

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Sound Principles of Interpretation
Principles Applicable to All Texts
Fundamental Principles
Semantic Canons
Syntactic Canons
Contextual Canons
Principles Applicable Specifically to Governmental Prescriptions
Expected-Meaning Canons
Government-Structuring Canons
Private-Right Canons
Stabilizing Canons
Thirteen Falsities Exposed
Afterword
A Note on the Use of Dictionaries
A Glossary of Legal Interpretation
Table of Cases
Bibliography
Index
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