Antonin Scalia



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Antonin Scalia was born on march 11 , 1936. Salvatore Eugene, was an Italian immigrants who later became a professor at Brooklyn college while Scalia’s mother, Catherine Panaro was born to immigrants. Antonin’s mother was s primary teacher at a school.

When he was a young child his family decided to move to Queens, New York. he was very intelligent academically and got a scholarship to St. Francis Xavier high school in Manhattan. He graduated as the class valedictorian and had decided he wanted to start to study at George town university in 1953. He also studied abroad in Switzerland during his junior high. Then he also graduated as valedictorian of his undergraduate class with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1957. He practiced devotion to education and was rewarded when he went to Harvard Law school. He ended up to become Note Editor for Harvard Law Review. In 1960 Scalia graduated as valedictorian for the third time in his life. He also served as a Sheldon Fellow through Harvard after his graduation. Being a Sheldon Fellow at Harvard gave him the opportunity t travel and research in Europe.

Scalia ended up to be a commercial law attorney for six years. At one point he decided to stop doing that and in 1967 he became an administrative law professor at the University of Virginia. Scalia was teaching until 1971 he was appointed as general counsel for the Office of Telecommunications Policy by President Richard Nixon. Between 1972 and 1974, he served as chairman for the U.S. Administration Conference, which implemented methods to increase the efficiency of the federal bureaucracy. President Nixon then nominated Scalia for Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel. Following Nixon’s resignation, President Gerald Ford sustained the nomination and Scalia was confirmed by Senate vote in August 1974. He went back into teaching. He started teaching at Chicago university until 1982 President Ronald Reagan nominated him for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

President Reagan chose Scalia as his nominee for Rehnquist’s seat. Scalia’s nomination hearing was mostly a formality and the Senate unanimously confirmed his nomination with a 98-0 vote. He took his seat as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on September 26, 1986. He was good with his words, would always ask questions and was sometimes brutally forceful in persuading both petitioner and respondent attorneys to fall in line with his legal conclusions. Unfortunately Antonin Scalia died on February 13, 20126 in Shafter, Texas. Scalia was Italian and a Roman Catholic traditionalist.

Now there are only 8 members in the Supreme Court but that has not stopped them from hearing cases.

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