Judge Antonin Scalia is a New Jersey native, born in Trenton on March 11, 1936. He grew up in Manhattan, NY where his affinity for learning evolved from great teachers who gave him an incentive to put a great deal of importance on education. In middle school he studied many languages- Latin, Greek and French, which didn’t necessarily make for an introduction to the world of law. He continued his study of languages in college at Georgetown University and even declared a major in history. The idea to pursue law, however, came from his uncle back in Trenton. He saw how much his uncle enjoyed his work as well as spent a great deal of time at his law offices. The gears began to turn, and as expected from a Unites States Supreme Court justice, but unexpectedly for him, Justice Scalia applied to and attended one of the country’s finest law programs at Harvard University.
Antonin married Maureen McCarthy in September of 1969, with whom he has 9 children. Upon graduation from Harvard, he and Maureen took to Europe to study abroad. A year later, upon their return to the states, Scalia took the Ohio state bar exam and was accepted there as well as Virginia. Once in Virginia, Justice Scalia practiced commercial law for a short period and then taught at the University of Virginia as a law professor. So not only was he a well-rounded student, but he became an educator himself, taking a cue from those who sparked his interest in the world of education and inspired him most, his teachers.
Shortly before beginning Scalia made the move to Washington D.C. and worked in a number of federal jobs in governmental institutions. He worked in what he called the “fun” branch of government, the executive as a general counsel for the Office of telecommunications policy. He then chose to stay in government as a legal counsel during the Ford Presidency, but left during the Carter administration to teach again. His returned to teaching included revisited his Alma Mater at Georgetown as a visiting professor of law, as well as taught at the University of Chicago.
In early 1980, during the Reagan administration, he was nominated by the President to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Just as he had hoped before he left public service to teach, he had returned and was sworn in on 17 August 1982. Four short years later, President Reagan nominated him as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, on which he has been an “originalist” sticking strictly to textual interpretation since he took the oath of office on 26 September, 1986.
In a pretty recent court case, Reno vs. American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (1999), Justice Scalia gave the majority opinion of the court. In this case, an immigrant sued the city of Reno in Nevada to say that they was being wrongly deported in a case of discrimination. The discrimination being that he was associated with an organization that was ‘unpopular’. The alien argued that this was a...