February 14, 2016
Statement of Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Gaetan J. Alfano on the Passing of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia
Gaetan J. Alfano, Chancellor of the 12,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association, today issued the following statement on the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia:
"Justice Scalia left an indelible mark on the U.S. Supreme Court's jurisprudence. He had a lifelong record of professional accomplishment, scholarship, and respect for the law and productive discourse. As an Associate Justice for 30 years on the Supreme Court, Justice Scalia exhibited the highest ideals and commitment to professionalism, as well as a true spirit of civility toward all. He was the first Italian American to serve on the court. The Philadelphia Bar Association was proud to welcome Justice Scalia in 2004 as the keynote speaker at its Spring Quarterly Meeting, when the Association presented the inaugural Justice Antonin Scalia Award for Professional Excellence to Jerome J. Shestack, past President of the American Bar Association. Justice Scalia also gave the keynote address at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 2005, where he was introduced by Deborah R. Gross, the current Chancellor-Elect of the Philadelphia Bar Association. We extend our condolences to Justice Scalia's family, including his wife, Maureen, and his nine children."