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Antonin Scalia Fast Facts

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updated 4:10 PM EDT, Sat September 13, 2014
The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court sit for their official photograph on October 8, 2010, at the Supreme Court. Front row, from left: Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Anthony M. Kennedy and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Back row, from left: Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito Jr. and Elena Kagan. The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court sit for their official photograph on October 8, 2010, at the Supreme Court. Front row, from left: Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Anthony M. Kennedy and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Back row, from left: Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito Jr. and Elena Kagan.
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(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.

Nicknamed 'Nino.'

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.

September 26, 1986 - Is sworn in as Supreme Court associate justice, filling the seat left by William Rehnquist when he became Chief Justice.

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.

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