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.