The Irish usually like to claim the month of March as being their special month. But the Italian American community can boast of an equally important happening that took place in that month. It was on March 11, 1936, in Trenton, New Jersey that Antonin Scalia was born. Antonin Scalia was destined to make his mark in the world and especially in the legal profession.
Justice Scalia was married to Maureen McCarthy on September 10, 1960 and they were blessed with nine children: Ann Forrest, Eugene, John Francis, Catherine Elizabeth, Mary Clare, Paul David, Matthew, Christopher James, and Margaret Jane.
He attended Georgetown University and the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) A.B., 1957; Harvard, LI.B, 1960; (nole editor, Harvard Law Review; and editor of the Regulation Magazine); Sheldon Fellow, Harvard University, 1960-61.
Justice Scalia was a professor of law at the University of Virginia, 1967–74 (on leave 1971–74); scholar in residence, American Enterprise Institute, 1977; visiting professor of law, Georgetown University, 1977; professor of law, University of Chicago, 1977–82; visiting professor of law, Stanford University, 1980–81.
He was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1962, the Virginia Bar in 1970 and in private practice with Jones, Day, Cockley and Reavis in Cleveland, Ohio, 1961–67.
Other offices that Justice Scalia held were: 1979–82, Chairman of ABA Section of Administrative Law, 1981–82; Chairman, ABA Conference Section Chairman, 1982–83; Board of Visitors, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, 1978–81.
Justice Scalia next turned his talents to government services. He was General Counsel, Office of Telecommunications Policy, Executive Office of the President, 1971–72; Chairman, Administrative Conference of the United States, 1972–74; Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, 1974–77.
Having excelled in every endeavor he had undertaken, Justice Scalia was nominated by President Reagan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia; took the oath of office August 17, 1982; nominated by President Reagan as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court; took the oath of office September 26, 1986.
The American Catholic Historical Society is honored and privileged to recognize this extraordinary man in a life dedicated to justice.