A Biographical Report on Justice Antonin Scalia and the Effect of His Decisions

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Ethical, articulate, forceful, cynical, irreverent and sometimes scathing aptly describes Antonin Scalia. Esteemed to be the only son of S. Eugene and Catherine Scalia, born in Trenton, New Jersey and raised in Queens, New York, Antonin Scalia is the first American of Italian heritage to serve on the United States Supreme Court. A graduated valedictorian of St Francis Xavier, a military prep school in Manhattan, New York, Scalia was soon to reach the pinnacle of his academic life as a student when he graduated from Georgetown University and Howard Law School where he received his LLB, summa cum laude and magna cum laude respectively. Now, with a law degree in his hands, Scalia set out to make his mark in America. In 1961, Scalia's legal career began as an Associate at the law firm of Jones, Day, Cockley, and Reavis in Cleveland, Ohio. Since then, this devout Roman Catholic, from which he draws his controversial views, practiced law both in the private and government sectors. Among some of his achievements in these sectors, he served as General Counsel, Office of Telecommunications Policy, in the administration of President Richard Nixon, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department under the administration of President Gerald Ford and Chairman of both the Administrative Conference of the United States and the American Bar Association's Section of Administrative Law. With a distinguished resume, Scalia went on to teach at the University of Chicago. It would only be a matter of time before President Ronald Reagan appointed him to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Many believed that it was here where it all began for Scalia. ... ... middle of paper ... ...ues as school prayer, abortion, gay rights, executive privileges, qualified immunity and capital punishment. Sometimes referred to and an ideologue, Scalia will nonetheless continue to make impressions in the judicial system of America. In conclusion, having sort to provide a brief yet compact history of the life of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia and the impact that his decisions continue to have on America, it is important to remember that he is traveling the road less traveled. Also, Scalia will continue to create controversy by his "textualist" approach to interpreting the Constitution. However, it is his forceful personality, strong intellectual and analytical abilities coupled with his disarming humor and convictions of the right of the correctness of his position, that makes him a force to be reckoned with and a strong presence on the judiciary bench.

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