Last updated on: 8/22/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Antonin Scalia, LLB Biography

Title:
Former Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“‘In God We Trust’ on currency, chaplains in the military, ‘nondenominational’ prayer before public school sporting events and use of the phrase ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance.

…[These practices] reflect the true tradition of religious freedom in America – a tradition of neutrality among religious faiths. Government will not favor Catholic, Protestants, Muslims, Jews, but the tradition was never that the government had to be neutral between religiousness and non-religiousness.”

Religious Freedom Day Speech, Jan. 23, 2003

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court, 1986–2016
  • Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1982–1986
  • Chairman, Conference of Section Chairmen, American Bar Association, 1982–1983
  • Chairman, American Bar Association Section of Administrative Law, 1981-1982
  • Chairman, Section of Administrative Law, American Bar Association, 1981–1982
  • Editor, Regulation Magazine, 1979-1982
  • Professor of Law, University of Chicago, 1977-1982
  • Visiting Professor of Law, Stanford University, 1980–1981
  • Scholar in Residence, American Enterprise Institute, 1977
  • Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown University, 1977
  • Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, 1974–1977
  • Chairman, Administrative Conference of the United States, 1972–1974
  • General Counsel, Office of Telecommunications Policy, 1971–1972
  • Professor of Law, University of Virginia, 1967-1971
  • Attorney, Jones, Day, Cockley and Reavis, Cleveland, Ohio, 1961–1967
Education:
  • LLB, magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1960
  • AB, summa cum laude, History, Georgetown University and University of Fribourg (Switzerland), 1957
Other:
  • Justice Scalia voluntarily recused himself from Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow
  • Died Feb. 13, 2016
Quoted in:
  1. Is the United States a Monotheistic (One God) State?
  2. Did the Founding Fathers Support a Separation of Church and State?
  3. Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?