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US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will be at UT to present the annual Rose Lecture on Tuesday, April 15. The event will take place at noon in the Alumni Memorial Building’s Cox Auditorium.

Sponsored by UT’s College of Law, the lecture is open to law students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as members of the federal, state, and local judiciary, university administrators, and other members of the campus community.

“We are thrilled to have Justice Scalia visit the College of Law,” said Doug Blaze, dean of the College of Law. “His experience will give students and the larger campus community a closer look at the important issues the Supreme Court and the country face.”

President Ronald Reagan appointed Scalia to the US Supreme Court in 1986. As the longest-serving justice currently on the court, he is the senior associate justice.

Scalia visited UT in 1990, making this his second visit to the university. He is the third sitting Supreme Court justice to visit UT in twenty-four years. The College of Law hosted Associate Justice Elena Kagan in 2012 and Associate Justice Clarence Thomas in 2010. In addition, retired Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor visited UT in 2008 to help open the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

Associate Justice Scalia, 77, was born in Trenton, New Jersey. He received his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, in 1957, and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1960.

He was a Sheldon Fellow of Harvard University from 1960 to 1961 and practiced law in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1961 to 1967. He was a professor of law at the University of Virginia from 1967 to 1971 and at the University of Chicago from 1977 to 1982. Scalia was a visiting professor of law at Georgetown University and Stanford University.

He served the federal government as general counsel of the Office of Telecommunications Policy from 1971 to 1972, chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States from 1972 to 1974, and assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel from 1974 to 1977.

He was appointed judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1982. In 1986, President Regan nominated him as an associate justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat on September 17, 1986.

Note: Per Supreme Court guidelines, there can be no video or audio recording of this event. Still photos can be taken only during the first two minutes and last two minutes of the event.


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