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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Visits USD School of Law
SAN DIEGO (September 2, 2009) — University of San Diego School of Law hosted a public lecture and panel discussion for U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia where he presented, “Originalist Approaches in Recent Supreme Court Decisions.” More than 600 faculty, students, alumni and members of the general public filled Shiley Theatre on the USD campus to hear Justice Scalia speak and then participate in a discussion with a panel of scholars from the school's Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism.
After a brief lecture of the originalist theory of interpretation—the view that the U.S. Constitution has a fixed and knowable meaning established at the time of its enactment—Justice Scalia fielded panelists' questions about three cases: District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), Boumediene v. Bush (2008), and Crawford v. Washington (2004). Justice Scalia explained how in these cases, he applied the originalist understanding to the Second Amendment, the right to habeas corpus and the Sixth Amendment to come to a decision.
The public lecture was the capstone to Justice Scalia’s two-day visit to USD School of Law. On September 1, students were given exclusive opportunities to interact with Justice Scalia. He began the day by team-teaching two, second- and third-year classes—Constitutional Law with Professor Mike Ramsey and the Moot Court Honors Competition class with Professor Michael Devitt. Later that day, first-year students were given the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session with the Justice.
Justice Scalia was appointed to the Supreme Court by Ronald Reagan in 1986. Until the appointment of Justice Clarence Thomas, he was the only originalist on the bench. Justice Scalia has visited the University of San Diego several times in the past and greatly contributes to the school’s tradition of providing its students with a diverse and enriched education.
Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism
USD School of Law
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