Supreme Court Justice Scalia to visit University of Tennessee Law

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will visit the University of Tennessee College of Law on April 14-15. As part of his two-day visit, Justice Scalia will present the Rose Lecture. The event will take place at NOON on Tuesday, April 15, in the Alumni Memorial Building’s Cox Auditorium.

Sponsored by the UT Law 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.

Justice Scalia received his A.B. from Georgetown University and the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and his LL.B. from Harvard Law School. He was a Sheldon Fellow of Harvard University from 1960 to 1961. He was in private practice in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1961 to 1967, a professor of law at the University of Virginia from 1967 to 1971, a professor of law at the University of Chicago from 1977 to 1982, and a visiting professor of law at Georgetown University and Stanford University.

Justice Scalia was Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law from 1981 to 1982, and its Conference of Section Chairmen from 1982 to 1983. 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.

President Ronald Reagan nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat on Sept. 26, 1986. As the longest-serving justice currently on the court, he is the senior associate justice.

This is the second visit to UT Law by Justice Scalia, who also came to the university in 1990. 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 Justice Clarence Thomas in 2010, as well as Justice Scalia in 1990. In addition, retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor visited UT in 2008 to help open the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

The Rose Lecture is made possible through the generosity of Richard Rose (LAW ’74) of Coats, Rose, Yale, Ryman & Lee in Houston, Texas.

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