Samuel Alito '75 Sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
President George W. Bush congratulated the new Justice: "Sam Alito is a brilliant and fair-minded judge who strictly interprets the Constitution and laws and does not legislate from the bench. He is a man of deep character and integrity, and he will make all Americans proud as a Justice on our highest court."
Alito is the 110th justice to serve on the Supreme Court. He is the sixth graduate of Yale Law School to become a Supreme Court justice.
Sherman Minton, Class of 1917 LLM, served on the court 1949-56
Abe Fortas, Class of 1933, served on the court 1965-69
Potter Stewart, Class of 1941, served on the court 1958-81
Byron White, Class of 1946, served on the court 1962-93
Clarence Thomas, Class of 1974, currently serving on the court
You can read some of the discussion that Alito's nomination provoked at the Law School.