The Catholic University of America

May 22, 2008

Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. to Deliver Address
at Catholic University Columbus School of Law Commencement
CUA to Confer More Than 280 Degrees at Ceremony

WHAT: 119th Annual Commencement Ceremony of CUA's Columbus School of Law

WHEN: Friday, May 23, 2008
Ceremony begins at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.

DETAILS: Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. will deliver the address at the 119th Annual Commencement Ceremony of the Catholic University Columbus School of Law. The law school will confer more than 280 law degrees at the ceremony.

Alito, the most recently appointed member of the U.S. Supreme Court, was nominated by President George W. Bush to fill the seat vacated by the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Alito was unanimously rated "well qualified" to fill the associate justice post by the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary. He was confirmed by the Senate and assumed office on Jan. 31, 2006. Justice Alito is the 110th justice and the fifth Catholic to serve on the Supreme Court.

Alito is a 1972 graduate of Princeton University and he received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1975, where he served as the editor of the Yale Law Journal. Upon his graduation from Yale, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Leonard A. Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Between 1977 and 1989, Alito served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey in the appellate division, as assistant to the Solicitor General, as deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel, and as U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey, where he was best known for prosecuting white collar and environmental crimes, drug trafficking, organized crime and violations of civil rights. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush nominated Alito to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; he was unanimously confirmed by voice vote by the U.S. Senate.

MEDIA: A mult box will be available for broadcast media. To make arrangements for coverage, media must contact Tom Haederle, the law school's director of public affairs, by calling 202-319-5438 (office) or 301-385-9246 (mobile).

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