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

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Individuals with JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to government and constitutional law. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to government and constitutional law.
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?