Supreme Court Justice Scalia to make Lubbock Appearance
July 10, 2008
Justice Scalia will speak at second event of School of Law’s Sandra Day O’Connor Distinguished
Appointed in 1986, Scalia is considered to be the most colorful and controversial
member of the supreme court.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will make an appearance in Lubbock in late fall.
Scalia is the second most senior associate justice of the nation's high court. The
speaking engagement is the second event in the annual Sandra Day O'Connor Distinguished
Lecture Series at Texas Tech University's School of Law.
According to Walter Huffman, dean of the law school, Scalia has agreed to follow the
format established by Justice O'Connor and present an evening presentation to the
community at large in addition to separate presentations and student events at the
School of Law. A specific date for Justice Scalia's visit to Lubbock has not been
Appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1986, Scalia is considered to be
a core member of the conservative wing of the court.
"It is always an honor for the Texas Tech University School of Law to host a justice
of our nation's highest court, and it is a special privilege to host Justice Scalia,"
said Huffman. "His articulate and aggressive defense of his position as a strict adherent
to the fundamental principles established by the U.S. Constitution has made him one
of the most well-known and oft-quoted members of the current court. He is arguably
both the most colorful and the most controversial member of the court, and I am certain
his presentations will be both informative and entertaining."
The lecture series is the brainchild of Houston attorney Mark Lanier, a law school
alum who founded the Lanier Law Firm
. He underwrites the series. Lanier also is the benefactor of the recently opened
professional development wing of the law school.
Lanier said that Texas Tech has one of the best law schools in the country, but does
not get as much national recognition as it deserves. His firm has offices in Houston,
New York and Los Angeles.
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