In Memoriam: Associate Justice Antonin Scalia 1936 - 2016

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly February 13, 2016. He was 79 years old at the time of his death. He served nearly 30 years on the Court, taking his seat on September 26, 1986. He has served as the Senior Associate Justice since the retirement of Associate Justice John Paul Stevens in the summer of 2010.

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia's offical bio can be found here.

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Upcoming Events:

  • George Washington and the Supreme Court: His Enduring Legacy
    The Supreme Court Historical Society and The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon have joined together to present two lectures, one at the Supreme Court and the other at Mount Vernon, which will examine George Washington’s essential role in shaping the judicial branch of our nation’s government. Registration is open online.


  • 2016 Leon Silverman Lecture Series - The Supreme Court and the Progressive Era. Four lectures are scheduled for May 11, May 25, November 2, and November 16, 2016. Resevations are now available online. Please follow the link here or visit the Events page to purchase tickets.



  • 2016 Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers. Since it began in 1995, the Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers has brought together over 1,000 social studies educators from across the country to convene in Washington, DC, for six days of educational activities related to teaching about the U.S. Supreme Court. The Institute is co-sponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society. Registration Period 5 October - 14 March 16

The Society's headquarters is located at Opperman House, 224 East Capitol Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20003. Opperman House has two important resources: The Goldman Library and the Membership Lounge. The Goldman Library has a conference table suitable for small meetings and luncheons. The books housed therein have been collected through the efforts of Professor James B. O'Hara, a Trustee of the Society, and comprise an outstanding collection of judicial biographies, Justices' writings, and histories of the Court.

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