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Justice Scalia Address, Black Tie Gala, Highlight Duquesne University Law School Centennial

The Duquesne University School of Law’s Centennial celebration continues this Saturday, Sept. 24, with a special Centennial Address delivered by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and a Black Tie Centennial Gala to benefit law student scholarships.

“It has been incredibly exciting to celebrate the Centennial year with so many significant events,” said Law Dean Ken Gormley. “And the speech by Justice Scalia and the Black Tie Gala are really the culminating events of the Centennial.”

During his Centennial address, Scalia will discuss the law school’s 100th anniversary as well as the significance of Catholic legal education and the state of legal education and the profession.

“Justice Scalia has been on the Supreme Court for a quarter-century and has clearly established himself as one of the intellectual leaders of the court,” explained Gormley. “He has developed such a consistent philosophy of adhering to the original intention of the framers of the Constitution that he has changed the way judges and lawyers think about these issues. There is hardly a legal thinker to this day who is not influenced by Justice Scalia or does not have to at least address his constitutional philosophy.”

The law school will also recognize Scalia’s 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court at the event with a panel discussion featuring Scalia’s former law clerks. Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, Paul Cappuccio, executive vice president and general counsel for Time/Warner, and Katherine Twomey, an attorney at Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C., will serve as panelists.

In addition, the program will feature a short film about Scalia’s career in public service. A mini-opera performed by students from Duquesne’s Mary Pappert School of Music will feature some of Scalia’s favorite pieces.

Scalia, who is the longest-serving justice on the Supreme Court, will then be presented with the Carol Los Mansmann Award for Distinguished Public Service. Named in honor of the former Third Circuit Judge and Duquesne alumna and faculty member, Mansmann passed away from breast cancer in 2002. Members of her family will present the award.

Cardinal Adam Maida, archbishop emeritus of Detroit (retired) and a law school graduate, will deliver the opening prayer at the event.

The Centennial Address, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 2 p.m. in the A.J. Palumbo Center. Registration is required.

The Black Tie Centennial Gala begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Duquesne Union Ballroom. Tickets are $250, and proceeds benefit the Law Alumni Scholarship fund.

“The Black Tie Gala officially marks our 100th anniversary and is the high point of the Centennial,” said Gormley. “We are expecting a large crowd of alumni and guests, and the proceeds will go to the alumni scholarship for our students, which is extremely important to us.”

Guests at the Gala will each receive a special Centennial commemorative booklet, which chronicles the history of the law school. A historical video narrated by Duquesne Chancellor and Law Professor Dr. John E. Murray will also be screened at the event.

The Centennial, Gormley pointed out, has brought in more than just financial support for the law school. “This has been an important moment to have alumni step forward and provide support in terms of helping our new graduates get jobs, support in terms of participating in programs, teaching as adjunct professors, and otherwise being part of the life of the law school,” he said. “By reinvesting in these ways, we can hand over to the next generation of students something even better than what we have been able to enjoy, and that is a wonderful gift to leave behind.”

For more information and to register for the Scalia address, call 412.396.5215.

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