ANTONIN SCALIA, J.D.
Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
The Honorable Antonin Scalia is Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. He is the longest-sitting member of the U.S. Supreme Court, and a self-described “originalist,” interpreting the U.S. Constitution by beginning with the text, and giving that text the meaning that it bore when it was adopted.
The Associate Justice was nominated by President Reagan and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate in 1986.
His experience spans the private, academic, and public sectors. Justice Scalia was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1962 and to the Virginia Bar in 1970. He worked in private practice with Jones, Day, Cockley and Reavis, in Cleveland, Ohio, 1961-1967.
Justice Scalia served as a professor of law at the University of Virginia, 1967-1974 (on leave 1971-1974); a visiting professor of law at Georgetown University, 1977; a professor of law at the University of Chicago, 1977-1982; and as a visiting professor of law, Stanford University, 1980-1981.
Justice Scalia worked in the administrations of President Nixon (Office of Telecommunications Policy) and President Ford (U.S. Department of Justice), before being appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by President Reagan in 1982.
Other positions Justice Scalia has held include scholar-in-residence at American Enterprise Institute, 1977; member of the board of visitors, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, 1978-1981; editor, Regulation Magazine, 1979-1982; chairman, ABA Section of Administrative Law, 1981-1982; and chairman, ABA Conference Section Chairmen, 1982-1983.
He attended Georgetown University, where he earned a B.A. in history. While at Georgetown, he also studied at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He went on to study law at Harvard Law School, where he was a notes editor for the Harvard Law Review. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law in 1960, becoming a Sheldon Fellow of Harvard University.
2012 President’s Commencement Colloquy