State Supreme Court justice: Antonin Scalia was a ‘force’

9/30/09 Studio Portraits of Joan Larsen for Law School.

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. In a statement, she recalled his commitment to “constitutional principles” and said everyone knew he had a “brilliant mind.”

Larsen was a University of Michigan law professor when Gov. Rick Snyder appointed her to the state Supreme Court last year.

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