Justice Scalia Shares Wit and Wisdom with UNM Law Students

Justice ScaliaU.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spent a morning at the University of New Mexico School of Law on April 14, speaking to two Constitutional Law classes and, entertaining with his signature wit, answered discerning questions from the student body in a school-wide gathering in the forum. He then joined the faculty for lunch, during which he visited with them informally and discovered that he and Professor Fred Hart both grew up in Queens, New York.

That afternoon, he presented a public lecture at the Kiva Auditorium to a crowd of nearly 1,000.

Members of the UNM Chapter of the Federalist Society initially invited Justice Scalia to the law school. His visit was sponsored by the Federalist Society, with cooperation from the UNM School of Law. This was Justice Scalia's first visit to the law school.

"Justice Scalia's visit to the law school exceeded our expectations," said Dean Leo Romero. "Our students were excited about the interactions they had with the justice in discussions about constitutional law issues they had studied. They were impressed by his knowledge, wit and warmth. It was a visit they will not forget."

In the photo, l-r: Raymond Sanchez (`67), president of the UNM Board of Regents, visits with UNM President David Schmidly, UNM School of Law Dean Leo Romero and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.