(CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of Antonin Scalia, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Personal: Birth date: March 11, 1936
Birth place: Trenton, New Jersey
Birth name: Antonin Scalia
Father: Eugene Scalia, professor at Brooklyn College
Mother: Catherine Louise (Panaro) Scalia, public school teacher
Marriage: Maureen McCarthy, (September 10, 1960 - present)
Children: Ann Forrest, Eugene, John Francis, Catherine Elisabeth, Mary Clare, Paul David, Matthew, Christopher James, Margaret Jane
Education: University of Fribourg, Switzerland, joint degree with Georgetown University, 1955-1956;Georgetown University, A.B., Valedictorian, summa cum laude, 1957; Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1960; Harvard University, Sheldon Fellow, editor of the Law Review, 1960-1961
Religion: Roman Catholic
Other Facts: First Italian-American justice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Considered a conservative.
Oversees the Fifth Circuit.
Votes consistently in favor of free speech.
Strong opponent of abortion and affirmative action and is a strong advocate of federalism and separation of powers.
With the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens, he became the longest-serving justice on the court.
Timeline: 1961-1967 - Associate at Jones, Day, Cockley & Reavis in Cleveland, Ohio.
1962 - Is admitted to the Ohio Bar.
1970 - Is admitted to the Virginia Bar.
1967-1974 - Professor at University of Virginia School of Law.
1971-1972 - General Counsel, Office of Telecommunications Policy, Executive Office of President.
1972-1974 - Chairman, Administrative Conference of the United States, Washington.
1974-1977 - Assistant U.S. Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel.
1977 - Visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; visiting professor at Georgetown Law Center.
1977-1982 - Law professor at the University of Chicago.
1980-1981 - Visiting professor at Stanford Law School.
August 17, 1982 - Scalia is sworn in as a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit - nominated by President Ronald Reagan.
January 2004 - Scalia takes a duck hunting trip in Louisiana with Vice President Cheney, three weeks after the Supreme Court agrees to hear the case of Cheney v. U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
April 7, 2004 - Tapes of a speech Scalia gave at a Mississippi high school, recorded by two journalists, are erased at the request of a United States deputy marshal, triggering outrage from journalism groups.
March 18, 2004 - Scalia issues a 21-page memo in which he explains his reasons for not recusing himself from the Cheney case.
March 27, 2006 - The Boston Herald reports that Scalia made "an obscene gesture, flicking his hand under his chin" in response to a question about whether lawyers might question his impartiality in matters of church and state. Scalia later writes a letter to the editor that the gesture was not obscene at all, but an attempt at being dismissive.
October 21, 2006 - States in a speech at the National Italian American Foundation that issues like abortion and suicide rights have nothing to do with the Constitution, and unelected judges too often choose to find new rights at the expense of the democratic process.
October 3, 2011 - The Supreme Court kicks off its new term with a brief salute to Justice Scalia who is marking his 25th year on the high court.