In 1982, Ronald Reagan appointed him as judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Scalia served on the Court for nearly thirty years, during which time he espoused a conservative jurisprudence and ideology, advocating textualism in statutory interpretation and originalism in constitutional interpretation.
He was a strong defender of the powers of the executive branch, believing presidential power should be paramount in many areas. In 1953, Scalia enrolled at Georgetown University, where he graduated valedictorian and summa cum laude in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.
Within the administration, Scalia advocated a presidential veto for a bill to amend the Freedom of Information Act, greatly increasing its scope. When Ronald Reagan was elected President in November 1980, Scalia hoped for a major position in the new administration. Later that year, Reagan offered Scalia a seat on the D. In 1986, Chief Justice Warren Burger informed the White House of his intent to retire.
Scalia's view prevailed and Ford vetoed the bill, but Congress overrode it. He was interviewed for the position of Solicitor General of the United States, but the position went to Rex E. Scalia was offered a seat on the Chicago-based United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in early 1982, but declined it, hoping to be appointed to the highly influential United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D. Reagan first decided to nominate Associate Justice William Rehnquist to become Chief Justice.
In early 1976, Scalia argued his only case before the Supreme Court, Alfred Dunhill of London, Inc. This choice meant that Reagan would also have to choose a nominee to fill Rehnquist's seat as associate justice.
was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1986 until his death in 2016.
Appointed to the Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, Scalia was described as the intellectual anchor for the originalist and textualist position in the Court's conservative wing. He attended public grade school, Xavier High School in Manhattan, and then college at Georgetown University in Washington, D. He obtained his law degree from Harvard Law School and spent six years in a Cleveland law firm, before he became a law school professor at the University of Virginia.
In the early 1970s, he served in the Nixon and Ford administrations, eventually as an Assistant Attorney General.He spent most of the Carter years teaching at the University of Chicago, where he became one of the first faculty advisers of the fledgling Federalist Society.He filed separate opinions in many cases and often castigated the Court's majority in his minority opinions using scathing language. After four years in Charlottesville, Scalia entered public service in 1971.This kid was a conservative when he was 17 years old. President Richard Nixon appointed him as the General Counsel for the Office of Telecommunications Policy, where one of his principal assignments was to formulate federal policy for the growth of cable television. Circuit, Scalia built a conservative record, while winning applause in legal circles for powerful, witty legal writing, which was often critical of the Supreme Court precedents he felt bound as a lower-court judge to follow.In the aftermath of Watergate, the Ford administration was engaged in a number of conflicts with Congress. Scalia's opinions drew the attention of Reagan administration officials, who, according to The New York Times, "liked virtually everything they saw and ...Scalia repeatedly testified before congressional committees, defending Ford administration assertions of executive privilege regarding its refusal to turn over documents. government, argued in support of Dunhill, and that position was successful. listed him as a leading Supreme Court prospect." In 1985, though there was then no vacancy on the Court, Reagan administration officials put Scalia on a short list with fellow D. Circuit Judge Robert Bork, to be considered if a justice left the Court.