Nominated by President Reagan to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; took oath of office August 17, 1982 Nominated by President Reagan as Associate Justice to the Supreme Court of the United States; the Senate confirmed the appointment on September 17, 1986 by a 98-0 vote. Took oath of office September 26, 1986.
Antonin, often called "Nino", was born on March 11, 1936 in Trenton, NJ as the only child of Eugene and Catherine Scalia. His father was a professor of Romance languages and his mother was a teacher; Antonin was raised in Queens, Long Island. He married Maureen McCarthy on September 10, 1960 and had nine children: Ann Forrest, Eugene, John Francis, Catherine Elisabeth, Mary Clare, Paul David, Matthew, Christopher James, and Margaret Jane.
Scalia attended St. Francis Xavier, a military prep school in Manhattan, where he graduated first in his class. He then continued his studies at Georgetown University, studying abroad at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland); he graduated with an A.B. summa cum laude in history. He was also the Valedictorian in 1957. Scalia continued on to Harvard Law school graduating magna cum laude in 1960; he distinguished himself further as note editor for the Harvard Law Review. After graduation, he traveled to Europe for a year as a Sheldon fellow from Harvard University.
Scalia served as general counsel for the Office of Telecommunications Policy in the Executive Office of the President from 1971 to 1972, as chairman for the Administrative Conference of the United States (1972-74), and as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel of the U. S. Department of Justice (1974-77). He later served as a Justice on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia from 1982 to 1986.
Scalia was admitted to the Ohio Bar (1962-67) and Virginia Bar (1970). He was engaged in private practice with Jones, Day, Cockley and Reavis in Cleveland, Ohio from 1961-67.
Scalia was a professor of law at the University of Virginia (1967-71), a Resident Scholar of the American Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C.in 1977, a visiting professor of law at Georgetown University in 1977. He later become a professor of law at the University of Chicago (1977-82), and a visiting professor of law at both Stanford University and Georgetown University from 1980-81.
Antonin Scalia served as Editor for Regulation Magazine (1979-82), as chairman for the ABA Section of Administrative Law (1981-82), as chairman of the ABA Conference of Section Chairmen (1982-83), on the board of visitors for J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University from 1978 to 1981.
Vermont Yankee: The APA, the D.C. Circuit, and the Supreme Court (1978); Historical Anomalies in Administrative Law (1985).
More Biographical Information:
- Analysis: More Vigor for the Right From the New York Times. (Registration Required)
- Antonin Scalia From the Oyez Project (Northwestern University).
- Antonin Scalia From the Supreme Court History Society.
- Judge with Tenacity and Charm: Antonin Scalia From the New York Times. (Registration Required)
- Judges of the United States Courts From the Federal Judicial Center.
- Justice Scalia From the Legal Information Institute (Cornell University).
- The Justices of the Supreme Court From the U.S. Supreme Court. In Adobe PDF format.
- Scalia, Antonin From Encyclopaedia Britannica.