Scalia and Tulane

United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spent April 6, 2001 at Tulane University, where he was guest speaker at a forum at McAlister Auditorium and later was honored at a Tulane reception [1].  Scalia taught for four summers in Greece and Italy, including the summer of 2001 as part of the Summer School Abroad program offered by the Tulane School of Law [2].

The dean of Tulane University's School of Law, Edward F. Sherman, was delighted over Scalia's presence on campus and exclaimed: "We think of Justice Scalia as one of our own." [1]  Justice Scalia is assigned to the Federal Fifth Circuit, where appeals of Tulane cases are heard.

Tulane's love affair with Scalia is well known.  It sponsored him as a keynote speaker in the spring of 2004 [3], and during the summer of 2004, he will again spend several weeks in Greece at Tulane's expense to conduct a seminar course on the separation of powers [4].  The topic is interesting in view of the time he spent with Vice President Dick Cheney earlier that year, duck hunting in Louisiana [5].

The schedule of the Supreme Court, which is in session only 26 weeks each year, leaves ample time for these activities.  During the 2002-03 session, only 73 decisions were written, compared with 176 decisions issued during the 1976-77 session [6].  The reduced work load of the justices may reflect their reluctance to consider some types of judicially sensitive issues.


  1. The Tulane Hullabaloo News, April 6, 2001.

  2. Tulane Law School Summer School Abroad 2001.

  3. Coleman Warner, "Higher Education Notes ... Supreme Court justice to speak on March 9," The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, February 14, 2004, p. B-1.

  4. Tulane Law School Summer School Abroad 2004.

  5. J.E. Bourgoyne, "Cheney, Scalia duck into La. to hunt," The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, January 9, 2004, p. A-15.

  6. Steve Chapman, "Supreme Court shows danger of idle hands," Chicago Tribune, December 21, 2003.


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