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Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito to Deliver Remarks at the Re-Dedication of the Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society at Susquehanna University

On September 12, 2008 by Schnader in Appellate


September 12, 2008 – Selinsgrove, PA: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. will deliver remarks on September 15, 2008 to mark the rededication of the Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society, and the opening of the Neysa C. Adams Pro Se Assistance and Mediation Clinic at Susquehanna University. His remarks will also recognize the importance of access to justice in supporting the rule of law.

The rededication is a reminder that Judge Adams has spent a lifetime – and continues to do so – supporting the advancement of legal thought and the development of legal education. The Arlin M. Adams Center, which was originally established by Susquehanna University in 2001, was designed to expose and explore the rich intersections between law and the various other disciplines in our society, and provide a forum and research opportunities for the examination of issues impacting human rights and social responsibility involving science and technology, requiring constitutional interpretation. The support of private funding, together with support from the Annenberg Foundation, helped to establish the Center in honor of Judge Adams and in recognition of his distinguished legal career and his lifelong support of legal education and progressive legal thought.

Judge Adams’s support for legal education and his interest in furthering legal thought is not limited to his enthusiastic support of the Center at Susquehanna University; in 2005, the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Annenberg Foundation established the Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law. In 2006, he helped to establish the Arlin M. and Neysa Adams Lecture in Constitutional Law at Temple University Beasley School of Law. Also in 2006, Drexel University College of Law, with the assistance of the Andrew Allen Charitable Foundation, established the Arlin M. Adams Professorship in Legal Writing. The professorship’s purpose is to ensure that law students at Drexel receive the highest level of instruction in legal writing.

The event featuring Justice Alito, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Weber Chapel Auditorium on the campus of Susquehanna University. Justice Alito was nominated to the Supreme Court by President George W. Bush. He took his seat in 2006, replacing retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. A New Jersey native, Alito graduated from Princeton in 1972 before attending Yale Law School, where he earned a Juris Doctor in 1975. He served as a United States attorney and a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit prior to joining the Supreme Court.

In anticipation of Justice Alito’s visit, the Center also presented a program on September 11, 2008 examining the Supreme Court’s current membership, role and responsibilities, and recent decisions. The program included Mark C. Rahdert, Charles Klein Professor of Law and Government at Temple University Beasley School of Law; and Margaret S. Williams, who has taught at Texas Tech University, James Madison University and Goucher College, and is currently engaged in research at the Federal Judicial Center. Williams appeared in her individual capacity at the program, and not as a representative of the Federal Judicial Center.

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