(CNSNews.com) — On June 30, Harvard Law School announced the establishment of the Antonin Scalia Professorship of Law “in recognition of the historic tenure of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ’60.”
“Justice Scalia had a singular impact on statutory analysis and legal thought,” said Martha Minow, the Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor at Harvard Law School.
“He also had a great love of learning,” continued Minow, “so it is especially meaningful that he will be honored with a professorship that will provide enduring support for teaching and scholarship at the Law School and beyond.”
The Antonin Scalia Professorship of Law is endowed by the Considine Family Foundation, a nonprofit private grant-making foundation in Denver, Colo.
Minow said, “We are deeply grateful to the Considine Family Foundation for endowing this professorship, which stands as both a testament to Justice Scalia’s legacy on the Supreme Court and as a vote of confidence in a new generation of scholars.”
“It is wholly appropriate that Justice Scalia’s accomplishments, intellectual legacy, and dedication to the founding principles of the United States Constitution be recognized at Harvard Law School, his beloved alma mater,” said Terry Considine, founder of the Considine Family Foundation and a graduate of Harvard College (’69) and Harvard Law School (’71).
Harvard also mentioned that in March 2017, the Scalia family gifted the late justice’s papers to the Harvard Law School Library.
Antonin Scalia received his A.B. from Georgetown University and the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Afterwards, he earned his LL.B. from Harvard Law School. From 1960 to 1961, Scalia was a Sheldon Fellow of Harvard University.
Scalia then worked in private law firms and as a professor of law for various universities. Before being appointed to the Supreme Court, Scalia served as the chairman for the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law, and then as its Conference of Section chairman. For the federal government, Antonin Scalia served on the General Counsel of the Office of Telecommunications Policy, as chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States, and as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel.
He was appointed Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1982. President Ronald Reagan nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he was confirmed September 26, 1986.
A devout Roman Catholic, Antonin Scalia was married to Maureen McCarthy, and they had nine children.
After serving almost 30 years on the Supreme Court, Justice Scalia died on February 13, 2016.