November 17, 2006
Associate Justice Antonin Scalia Speaks at YLS
On Friday, November 10, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia participated in a question and answer session with the Law School community. Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science Bruce Ackerman '67 LL.B. and Southmayd Professor of Law Akhil Amar '80 B.A., '84 J.D. helped lead the discussion. Gordon Bradford Tweedy Professor of Law and Organization Christine Jolls (a former clerk of Justice Scalia's) introduced the Justice.
In the hour-long session, Justice Scalia answered questions on a variety of topics, including the role of the Ninth Amendment in reading the Constitution, the core principals of Bush v. Gore, and whether or not to consider the drafters' original intent in modern day interpretations of the Constitution.
Associate Justice Antonin Scalia received his A.B. from Georgetown University and the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He earned a LL.B. from Harvard Law School, and was a Sheldon Fellow of Harvard University from 1960–1961. Scalia was in private practice in Cleveland, Ohio from 1961– 1967, after which he taught law at the University of Virginia, the University of Chicago, Georgetown University, and Stanford University. He was chairman of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law, 1981–1982, and its Conference of Section Chairmen, 1982–1983. He served the federal government as General Counsel of the Office of Telecommunications Policy from 1971–1972, Chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States from 1972–1974, and Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel from 1974–1977. He was appointed Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1982. President Reagan nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Justice Scalia took his seat on September 26, 1986.