My invitation must have been lost in the mail

May 1st, 2012

Here’s exclusive: A book party with a couple dozen guests — including two-thirds of the Supreme Court — at Antonin Scalia’s home in McLean.

The legal elite (John RobertsStephen Breyer,Sam AlitoAnthony Kennedy and Sonia Sotomayor, along with superlawyer Bob Bennettand top federal judges from D.C.) came together last week to celebrate the publication of “Henry Friendly,” a biography by David Dorsen. The guests stood around Scalia’s dining room table — laden with Maureen Scalia’s buffet of homemade hors d’oeuvres and her husband’s Italian cookies — to hear about the “greatest judge of his era.” And no, it’s understandable if you’ve never heard of him. . . .

Dull, maybe, but such an influential legal mind that Scalia wanted to throw this party — and his colleagues wanted to be there. (Yes, the Supremes socialize with each other a lot more than you’d think.) Scalia and his wife personally greeted every guest. After speeches, the longest-serving sitting justice yelled “Eat! Eat!” and shooed everyone to the buffet.

I would have liked to attend this party.