U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia to Speak at Southeast May 3


Photo of Justice Antonin Scalia.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will speak at Southeast Missouri State University in the Show Me Center at 6 p.m. on May 3.


April 21, 2006 – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is scheduled to speak at Southeast Missouri State University May 3.

The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Show Me Center. Free reserved-seat tickets will be available at the Show Me Center Box Office, the Southeast Bookstore and at First Missouri State Bank at the corner of Independence and Mt. Auburn Roads beginning Wednesday, April 26.  Free general admission seating also will be available the evening of the event.

State Rep. Nathan Cooper of Cape Girardeau, and Missouri Supreme Court Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. have been instrumental in arranging Scalia’s visit, according to University officials.

This will be the second time a Supreme Court justice has visited Southeast in the last decade. Justice Clarence Thomas spoke at the Show Me Center in April 1996.

Antonin Scalia, was appointed to the high court by President Ronald Reagan after serving four years as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was sworn into the Supreme Court on Sept. 26, 1986.

Noted for his combative style in the courtroom, Scalia has voted consistently in favor of free speech. Scalia provided the critical fifth vote in striking down a Texas flag-burning prohibition. He also ruled that a St. Paul, Minnesota, prohibition against hate crimes violated  freedom of speech. Scalia he has consistently sought to strike down Roe v. Wade (1973) that legalized abortion. Scalia received his bachelor of arts degree 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. He was chairman 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.

Scalia was born in Trenton, N.J.  He married Maureen McCarthy and has nine children.