Supreme Court Justice Scalia speaks at ND Law School

Author: Melanie McDonald


United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia joined several of the nations most prominent legal scholars for a conference Oct. 19 at Notre Dame Law School.TitledSeparation of Powers as a Safeguard of Federalism,the conference was sponsored by A.J. Bellia, professor of law, and the Notre Dame Law Review.

Scalia delivered the opening lecture,The Importance of Structure in Constitutional Interpretation,during which he discussed the unique function of the judiciary in American government and analyzed several cases that have gone before the court. After his talk, Scalia allowed time for student questions. During a lunchtime reception, Scalia spent more than an hour mingling and talking with students in the student lounge.

Scalia is a graduate of Harvard Law School. He began his career as a member of the federal judiciary in 1982 when he was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was subsequently nominated by President Reagan to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. He took his seat on the court on Sept. 26, 1986.

The Notre Dame Law Review was founded in 1925. Its members have gone on to become some of the most notable judges, practitioners and scholars in the country. Law students edit the entire volume of the Law Review, and its five issues comprise approximately 2,000 pages of legal scholarship. The finished publication serves as a resource for legal scholars and a tool for practitioners.

The goal of this conference was to address fundamental questions of American constitutional governance,Bellia said.In recent years, courts, scholars and politicians have vigorously debated such questions as how federal courts should interpret legal texts, whether federal courts should enforce structural limits on congressional power, and what place international law occupies in the American federal system.These are not just questions of our day; these are questions of the American ages.

Conference participants, in addition to Scalia, were William Eskridge Jr., John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School; John F. Manning, Bruce Bromley Professor of Law at Harvard Law School; Peter L. Strauss, Betts Professor of Law at Columbia Law School; Carlos Manuel Vazquez, professor at Georgetown University Law Center; Elizabeth Garrett, vice president for academic planning and budget; Sydney M. Irmas Chair in Public Interest Law, Legal Ethics, Political Science and Policy, Planning and Development, at the USC Gould School of Law; Bradford R. Clark, William Cranch Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School; and Ernest A. Young, Charles Alan Wright Chair in Federal Courts at the University of Texas School of Law.

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