Example research essay topic: Antonin Scalia – 629 words

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was born on
March 11, 1936 in Trenton, New Jersey to a
Sicilian immigrant father and an Italian-American
mother and was raised in Queens. He attended
Catholic schools in New York City as a child and
teen. Scalia then attended Georgetown University,
spending his junior year at the University of
Fribourg in Switzerland, and graduated at the top
of his class with an A.B. (Sorry, I dont know what
that means) in 1957. He also attended Harvard,
serving as the editor for Law Review. Scalia
graduated from Harvard in 1960.

On September 10,
1960, Scalia married Maureen McCarthy, and the two
went to go live in Cleveland, Ohio. While in
Cleveland, Scalia was admitted to the Ohio Bar and
worked for the law firm of Jones, Day, Cockley,
and Reavis until 1967. The Scalias then moved to
Virginia, and he was admitted to the Virginia Bar
in 1970. While In Virginia, Scalia taught law at
the Virginia Law School until 1974. In 1971,
Scalia became General Counsel of the Office of
Telecommunications Policy for the White House, and
from 1972 to 1974, he was the chairman of the
Administrative Conference of the US. Scalia was
then appointed the assistant attorney general of
the Office of Legal Counsel for the Department of

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In 1977, Scalia returned to teaching
after 6 months serving as the resident scholar at
the American Enterprise Institute in DC. Him and
his family picked up and moved again to Chicago,
Illinois. While In Chicago, Scalia taught at the
University of Chicagos law school (he was also a
visiting professor of law at his alma mater,
Georgetown University, and also at Stanford
University during that time) until President
Ronald Reagan appointed him to the US Court of
Appeals for the DC Circuit in 1982. Scalia took
his oath of office on August 17 of that year. Four
years after Scalia began working at the Court of
Appeals, President Reagan then chose him to be an
associate justice of the Supreme Court. The Senate
confirmed Reagans appointment on September 17, and
Scalia took his oath of office on the 26th of that

In the year 2000, Scalia has made decisions
in two Supreme Court cases, Troxel vs. Granville
and California Democratic Party vs. Jones. I will
discuss the Troxel vs. Granville case. Troxel vs.
Granville is in violation of The Washington Rev.
Code 26.10.160(3) which permits any person to
petition for visitation rights at any time and
authorizes state superior courts to grant such
rights whenever visitation may serve a childs best
interest.* The Troxel family wanted visitation
rights to their deceased sons daughters, and
Granville, the mother of the girls, didnt oppose
to visitation, but had a problem with the amount
of visitation the Troxels wanted.

The Superior
Court ordered more visitation than Granville
desired, and so she appealed. Then, the State
Court of Appeals reversed and dismissed the
Troxels petition. In this case, Scalia filed a
dissenting opinion, stating A right of parents to
direct the upbringing of their children is among
the unalienable rights with which the Declaration
of Independence proclaims all Men are endowed by
their Creator. And in my view that right is also
among the other rights retained by the people
which the Ninth Amendment says the Constitutions
enumeration of rights shall not be construed to
deny or disparage.** Bibliography: * Quoted from
an Internet source, which I will show you some
other time. The address is too long to type into
here. ** Ill also show you that Internet address,
since it is also too long to type in here.

I have
attached the pages with the quotes on them to the
end of this work. I have also highlighted the
quotes I used. **SOURCES**



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