Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was born onMarch 11, 1936 in Trenton, New Jersey to aSicilian immigrant father and an Italian-Americanmother and was raised in Queens.
He attendedCatholic schools in New York City as a child andteen. Scalia then attended Georgetown University,spending his junior year at the University ofFribourg in Switzerland, and graduated at the topof his class with an A.B. (Sorry, I dont know whatthat means) in 1957. He also attended Harvard,serving as the editor for Law Review.
Scaliagraduated from Harvard in 1960.On September 10,1960, Scalia married Maureen McCarthy, and the twowent to go live in Cleveland, Ohio. While inCleveland, Scalia was admitted to the Ohio Bar andworked for the law firm of Jones, Day, Cockley,and Reavis until 1967. The Scalias then moved toVirginia, and he was admitted to the Virginia Barin 1970. While In Virginia, Scalia taught law atthe Virginia Law School until 1974. In 1971,Scalia became General Counsel of the Office ofTelecommunications Policy for the White House, andfrom 1972 to 1974, he was the chairman of theAdministrative Conference of the US. Scalia wasthen appointed the assistant attorney general ofthe Office of Legal Counsel for the Department ofJustice.
In 1977, Scalia returned to teachingafter 6 months serving as the resident scholar atthe American Enterprise Institute in DC. Him andhis family picked up and moved again to Chicago,Illinois. While In Chicago, Scalia taught at theUniversity of Chicagos law school (he was also avisiting professor of law at his alma mater,Georgetown University, and also at StanfordUniversity during that time) until PresidentRonald Reagan appointed him to the US Court ofAppeals for the DC Circuit in 1982. Scalia tookhis oath of office on August 17 of that year. Fouryears after Scalia began working at the Court ofAppeals, President Reagan then chose him to be anassociate justice of the Supreme Court.
The Senateconfirmed Reagans appointment on September 17, andScalia took his oath of office on the 26th of thatmonth.In the year 2000, Scalia has made decisionsin two Supreme Court cases, Troxel vs. Granvilleand California Democratic Party vs. Jones.
I willdiscuss the Troxel vs. Granville case. Troxel vs.
Granville is in violation of The Washington Rev.Code 26.10.160(3) which permits any person topetition for visitation rights at any time andauthorizes state superior courts to grant suchrights whenever visitation may serve a childs bestinterest.* The Troxel family wanted visitationrights to their deceased sons daughters, andGranville, the mother of the girls, didnt opposeto visitation, but had a problem with the amountof visitation the Troxels wanted.The SuperiorCourt ordered more visitation than Granvilledesired, and so she appealed.
Then, the StateCourt of Appeals reversed and dismissed theTroxels petition. In this case, Scalia filed adissenting opinion, stating A right of parents todirect the upbringing of their children is amongthe unalienable rights with which the Declarationof Independence proclaims all Men are endowed bytheir Creator. And in my view that right is alsoamong the other rights retained by the peoplewhich the Ninth Amendment says the Constitutionsenumeration of rights shall not be construed todeny or disparage.** Bibliography: * Quoted froman Internet source, which I will show you someother time. The address is too long to type intohere.
** Ill also show you that Internet address,since it is also too long to type in here.I haveattached the pages with the quotes on them to theend of this work. I have also highlighted thequotes I used. **SOURCES**http://www.britannica.com/bcom/eb/article/printable/6/0,5722,67716,00.htmlhttp://supct.law.cornell.edu/supct/justices/scalia.bio.html.