Elementary, my dear Stevens

Well, I have already planned to head up to Lubbock for the UTTTU game on November 1, but now it looks like I will be visiting the High Plains twice this fall.

Below, see the text of an email sent from outgoing TTU Dean Walter Huffman announcing that Justice Scalia will be speaking at the Texas Tech Law School‘s newly-established Sandra Day O’Connor Distinguished Lecture series:

On behalf of the Texas Tech University School of Law, I am extremely pleased to inform you that the second annual Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Distinguished Lecture will be presented by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Justice Scalia has agreed to follow the format established by Justice O’Connor and present an evening presentation to the community at large in addition to separate presentations and student events at the School of Law. A specific date for Justice Scalia’s visit to Lubbock will be announced later, but it will be in the Fall of 2008.

It is always an honor for the Texas Tech University School of Law to host a Justice of our Nation’s highest court, and it is a special privilege to host Justice Scalia. His articulate and aggressive defense of his position as a strict adherent to the fundamental principles established by the U.S. Constitution has made him one of the most well-known and oft-quoted members of the current court. He is arguably both the most colorful and the most controversial member of the court, and I am certain his presentations will be both informative and entertaining. I am equally certain that his visit will be an educational highlight that will last in our law student’s memories for a lifetime.

I would be remiss if I did not thank Tech Law Alum Mark Lanier for his extremely generous support of the Sandra Day O’Connor Distinguished Lecture. Simply stated, without Mark Lanier’s support and personal involvement, this very prestigious and important lecture series would not be possible.

Walter B. Huffman
Dean and W. Frank Newton Professor of Law

It is interesting to note that Mark Lanier is the main benefactor of the Sandra Day O’Connor Distinguished Lecture series, despite his less-than-generous treatment by some appellate courts.

Before I head north to the Staked Plains, I plan on boning up on my recent Scalia Stack of Stuff, including watching his full interview with Charlie Rose, reading the transcript of his interview with the ABA, and reviewing his recent comments on the Establishment Clause.

Of course, I’ll also have to enjoy again his dismantling of ACLU President, Nadine Strossen.

And last, but not least, I’ll have to decide on what to wear. It’s down to three t-shirts …..

NiceIpse Dixit

Morrison v. Olson, 487 U.S. 654, 726 (1988) (Scalia, J., dissenting).

PGA Tour, Inc. v. Martin, 532 U.S. 661, 699 (2001) (Scalia, J., joined by Thomas, J., dissenting).

Minnick v. Mississippi, 498 U.S. 146, 166 (1990) (Scalia, J., joined by Rehnquist, C.J., dissenting).

Thx to Justice Scalia, TTU Dean Huffman, Mark Lanier, and CafePress