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By Thomas Leighton, VP, Legal Editorial Ops - Content Acquisition
In the past few weeks, I had the rare privilege of taking a 10-day trip to Asia with two of our prominent authors, Justice Antonin Scalia and Professor Bryan Garner. We publish their very successful coauthored books – Reading Law and Making Your Case. Bryan planned this trip as a lecture series and a book-discussion and touring opportunity to talk about their shared passion: the rule of law and its application in a democratic society.
This was not their first national or international trip to spread the scope and understanding of our legal system, but unfortunately it was their last. They were kind enough to invite me along, and I was honored and privileged to join Justice Scalia, Bryan, and Bryan’s wife Karolyne, who serves as general counsel of the Garners’ business, LawProse.
We had no reason to believe that Justice Scalia would die a little over a week after our return from Singapore and Hong Kong. The great energy, humor, and intellectual firepower for which he is known were on full display throughout the trip, especially during the many lectures and discussions in which he took part at law schools. There was no hint of underlying health issues.
Mr. Charles E. McKenney, co-author of Federal Unfair Competition: Lanham Act § 43(a), passed away on March 1, 2016 in West Palm Beach, FL. Mr. McKenney grew up in Summit, NJ and graduated from Pingry and Yale before receiving his law degree from the University of Virginia. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy, Mr. McKenney enjoyed a distinguished career as a partner at Pennie & Edmonds in New York, where he specialized in patent law. After retiring from the firm, Mr. McKenney and his wife of 53 years, Helaine (Bobo), split their time between Wainscott, NY and West Palm Beach. Mr. McKenney was an avid golfer and longtime member of the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. In addition to his wife, Mr. McKenney is survived by his daughter Hobby Coudert and his sons Wensley and Philip McKenney.