Biography of Antonin Scalia

Former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Antonin Scalia, Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Antonin Scalia, Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Paul Morigi / Getty Images

Biography of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia.(Deceased)

Note: Former Associate Justice Antonin Scalia died on February 13, 2016, of natural causes at age 79. Considered the leading conservative voice on the Supreme Court, Scalia had been appointed to the Supreme Court in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan and confirmed by the Senate on September 17, 1986, by a unanimous vote.

Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice, was born in Trenton, New Jersey, March 11, 1936.

He married Maureen McCarthy and has nine children— Ann Forrest, Eugene, John Francis, Catherine Elisabeth, Mary Clare, Paul David, Matthew, Christopher James, and Margaret Jane. He received his A.B. from Georgetown University and the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and his LL.B. from Harvard Law School, and was a Sheldon Fellow of Harvard University from 1960–1961.

Scalia worked in private practice in Cleveland, Ohio from 1961–1967, a Professor of Law at the University of Virginia from 1967–1971, and a Professor of Law at the University of Chicago from 1977–1982, and a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University and Stanford University.

He was chairman of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law, 1981–1982, and its Conference of Section Chairmen, 1982–1983. He served the federal government as General Counsel of the Office of Telecommunications Policy from 1971–1972, Chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States from 1972–1974, and Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel from 1974–1977.

He was appointed Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1982.

President Reagan nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat September 26, 1986.

Senate Confirmations
Confirmed on September 17, 1986 by a 98-0 vote.

Recent Decisions by Antonin Scalia