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04/16/2021

Stephen Sachs Goes to Harvard
Michael Ramsey

I don't usually attach much importance to law professors changing schools, but this is sort of a big deal in the originalist community -- Stephen Sachs (currently at Duke) will be the inaugural Antonin Scalia Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, starting later this year. Professor Sachs is a well-known originalist scholar, author most recently of  Originalism: Standard and Procedure (forthcoming in the Harvard Law Review) (noted here).  From the Harvard press release:

Stephen E. Sachs, a leading scholar of civil procedure and constitutional law, will join the faculty of Harvard Law School as the inaugural Antonin Scalia Professor of Law, effective July 1.

Sachs, who is currently the Colin W. Brown Professor at Duke Law School, researches a range of subjects including the law and theory of constitutional interpretation, the jurisdiction of state and federal courts, and the role of the general common law in the U.S. legal system.

“Professor Sachs is a thoughtful, creative, and impactful [ed.: my spell checker doesn't think this is a word, and neither would Justice Scalia] scholar who has offered fresh ways of thinking about law and interpretation and about the structure and content of U.S. law,” said John F. Manning ’85, the Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. “He is also a great teacher and colleague, and I am delighted that he is joining the HLS community.”

Said Sachs: “I am delighted to join the faculty of Harvard Law School, where I took my first law school class from Charles Donahue as a medieval history undergraduate, and where I spent many happy hours reading through old statutes in Langdell. I am particularly honored to serve as the inaugural Antonin Scalia Professor, in recognition of Justice Scalia’s legacy in the law.”

Harvard Law School established the Antonin Scalia Professorship of Law in 2017, in honor of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ’60. Known for his jurisprudence advancing originalism and textualism, Scalia served as an associate justice for 30 years until his death in 2016.

Congratulations to Professor Sachs!

(Via Brian Leiter's Law School Reports).