LANSING, MI. (WLNS) – As the nation and it’s leaders pay final respects this weekend to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia one member of the Michigan Supreme Court will also remember fondly and with great respect the justice with whom she had the privilege of working.
Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen worked as a clerk for Judge Scalia during the 1994-95 term and she sat down with 6 news in her office in Lansing to talk about her time at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Justice Larsen characterized Justice Scalia as a person respected for his intelligence, knowledge of constitutional law, attention to detail and fairness in the cases he heard, not only from those who won cases in front of him but opposing sides as well.
Justice Larsen kept in touch with Justice Scalia in the years since she worked for him and it was with obvious emotion she remembered a missed opportunity to talk to him one last time.
“Sadly I was supposed to call him this past Wednesday,” said Justice Larsen.
“And I had it on my calendar and I got busy writing an opinion and I thought, you know what? He’ll be back in chambers on Monday and then Monday didn’t come.”
Justice Larsen said one of her fondest memories was when Justice Scalia said he was honored to call her Justice Larsen when she became a member of the Michigan Supreme Court.