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Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts

Introduction

 

Most litigation today involves the interpretation of documents. And to a degree that would surprise many practicing lawyers, a finite set of canons of construction—57 of them—predictably come into play in modern litigation. In the coursebook for this seminar, the preeminent exponent of textualism in the world today, Justice Antonin Scalia, and the foremost expert on legal language and legal lexicography, Professor Garner, teamed up to explain the history and modern application of the canons. The book charts how lawyers can most skillfully make sophisticated interpretive arguments, as well as how judges should rule on issues of textual interpretation.

 

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Programme

 

4.30 pm   Registration & Tea
5.00 pm  Welcome Remarks
  by The Honourable Judge of Appeal Justice Andrew Phang
5.10 pm   Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts
  by The Honourable Antonin Scalia and Professor Bryan Garner
5.45 pm Q & A
6.00 pm End of Session

 

 

 Registration

 

There is no registration fee for this talk but seats are limited and are offered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.  Please register before 20 Jan 2016.

 

A confirmation email will be sent for every successful registration.

 

For enquiries, please call Tel: (65) 6332 4388 or email les@sal.org.sg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

        

The Honourable Antonin Scalia
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

 

Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice, was born in Trenton, New Jersey, on March 11, 1936. He married Maureen McCarthy in 1960 and has nine children – Ann Forrest, Eugene, John Francis, Catherine Elisabeth, Mary Clare, Paul David, Matthew, Christopher James, and Margaret Jane. 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.

     
 

Professor Bryan A. 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 tenth edition. Since 1991, he has taught more than 160,000 lawyers, judges, and paralegals in continuing-legal-education seminars throughout the U.S. 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).”

     
CPD Points: NA

Venue: Supreme Court Auditorium, Basement 2, Supreme Court Building, 1 Supreme Court Lane, Singapore 178879

Date: 27 Jan 2016 (4.30pm – 6.00pm)


There is no registration fee for this talk but seats are limited and are offered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Please register before 20 Jan 2016. A confirmation email will be sent for every successful registration.

For enquiries, please call Tel: (65) 6332 4388 or email les@sal.org.sg.
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Introduction

 

Most litigation today involves the interpretation of documents. And to a degree that would surprise many practicing lawyers, a finite set of canons of construction—57 of them—predictably come into play in modern litigation. In the coursebook for this seminar, the preeminent exponent of textualism in the world today, Justice Antonin Scalia, and the foremost expert on legal language and legal lexicography, Professor Garner, teamed up to explain the history and modern application of the canons. The book charts how lawyers can most skillfully make sophisticated interpretive arguments, as well as how judges should rule on issues of textual interpretation.

 

Click here for more information. 

 

 

Programme

 

4.30 pm   Registration & Tea
5.00 pm  Welcome Remarks
  by The Honourable Judge of Appeal Justice Andrew Phang
5.10 pm   Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts
  by The Honourable Antonin Scalia and Professor Bryan Garner
5.45 pm Q & A
6.00 pm End of Session

 

 

 Registration

 

There is no registration fee for this talk but seats are limited and are offered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.  Please register before 20 Jan 2016.

 

A confirmation email will be sent for every successful registration.

 

For enquiries, please call Tel: (65) 6332 4388 or email les@sal.org.sg.

 

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