VIDEO The Great Dissent: Justice Scalia’s Opinion in Morrison v. Olson

October 9, 2018  featuring Gary Lawson, Richard Pildes, and Theodore Olson

 

 

Thirty years after the decision in Morrison v. Olson, questions raised in Justice Antonin Scalia’s lone dissent continue to inform legal debate on separation of powers and the unitary executive. Some scholars consider Justice Scalia’s dissent to be his finest opinion. What can today’s law school students learn from Scalia’s dissent? Did Justice Scalia err in his reasoning? How do the issues still resonate in American politics today? 

Professor Gary Lawson of Boston University School of Law, Professor Richard Pildes of New York University School of Law, and Theodore Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher discuss Morrison v. Olson and the lasting impact of Justice Scalia’s lone dissent.

As always, the Federalist Society takes no particular legal or public policy positions. All opinions expressed are those of the speaker.

Learn more about Theodore B. Olson:
https://www.gibsondunn.com/lawyer/olson-theodore-b/

Learn more about Professor Richard Pildes:
https://its.law.nyu.edu/facultyprofiles/index.cfm?fuseaction=profile.overview&personid=20200

Learn more about Professor Gary Lawson:
http://www.bu.edu/law/profile/gary-s-lawson/

 

Related links:

Justice Scalia’s dissent:
https://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-supreme-court/487/654.html

Morrison v. Olson on Oyez:
https://www.oyez.org/cases/1987/87-1279

 

Differing views:

Morrison v. Olson is bad law:
https://www.lawfareblog.com/morrison-v-olson-bad-law

Scalia’s Finest Opinion:
https://www.weeklystandard.com/terry-eastland/scalias-finest-opinion

Is Morrison v. Olson Still Good Law? The Court’s New Appointments Clause Jurisprudence
https://www.jstor.org/stable/1123356?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

On presidents v. special counsels, Justice Scalia got it right long ago
https://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/385506-on-presidents-v-special-counsels-justice-scalia-got-it-right-long-ago

The Confusing and Confused New Attack on the Constitutionality of the Special Counsel’s Investigation
https://www.justsecurity.org/56979/confusing-confused-attack-constitutionality-special-counsels-investigation/

The Special Counsel, Morrison v. Olson, and the Dangerous Implications of the Unitary Executive Theory
https://www.acslaw.org/acsblog/the-special-counsel-morrison-v-olson-and-the-dangerous-implications-of-the-unitary-executive-theory/

Shielding Mueller: Thoughts on Morrison v Olson
https://takecareblog.com/blog/shielding-mueller-thoughts-on-morrison-v-olson

Morrison v. Olson Oral Argument Rewind: Everything Old Is New Again
https://fedsoc.org/commentary/blog-posts/morrison-v-olson-oral-argument-rewind-everything-old-is-new-again

 

https://fedsoc.org/commentary/videos/the-great-dissent-justice-scalia-s-opinion-in-morrison-v-olson

 


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