The Duquesne University School of Law will host U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as part of its Centennial celebration in 2011.
“We intend to mark the Centennial of the law school with a series of major events, paying tribute to the institution’s enormous contributions to the region and to the legal profession over the past century,” said Law School Dean Ken Gormley. “We are honored that Attorney General Holder has agreed to serve as the kick-off speaker for our Centennial this winter, and that Justice Scalia has agreed to join us as our keynote speaker for the culminating, gala event in September.”
Holder will speak to law school alumni, students and distinguished members of the legal profession at an event at Duquesne on Wednesday, Feb. 23.
Holder, who served as deputy attorney general under Attorney General Janet Reno, made history when President Obama appointed him to serve as the first African-American attorney general in the history of the United States. He was also the first African-American U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C., appointed in 1993. Prior to that, Holder served as an associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He studied at Columbia College and Columbia Law School.
Scalia, who marks his 25th year as an associate justice in 2011, will speak at the School of Law’s Centennial Gala on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011.
Appointed as the 92nd associate justice to the Supreme Court in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan, Scalia is the longest-serving justice on the Court.
He previously served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Scalia also taught at the University of Virginia and the University of Chicago law schools, and served as an assistant U.S. attorney general during the administration of President Gerald Ford. Scalia studied at Georgetown University and Harvard Law School, where he was note editor of the Law Review.