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Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito to Serve as Distinguished Lecturer at Summer Study Program in Rome

United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito will serve as the distinguished lecturer at the Duquesne University School of Law’s Summer Study of Law in Rome in July as part of the school’s Centennial celebration.

Alito will present lectures to Duquesne law students and law alumni on the topic of comparative constitutional law at the summer program in July 2011.

“We are proud and honored that Justice Alito has agreed to serve as a distinguished lecturer for our Rome program on the occasion of the Law School’s 100th anniversary,” said Law School Dean Ken Gormley. “This summer program abroad attracts the best and brightest law students and lawyers, not only from Duquesne but from all over the country. Justice Alito’s presence as a member of the faculty will make it one of the most significant international programs sponsored by any law school in the United States. It will certainly be a rewarding and memorable experience for our students and alumni.”

Additional faculty in the 2011 Summer program include Sister Melanie DiPietro, a canon lawyer and director of Seton Hall Law School’s Center for Religiously Affiliated Corporations; the Rev. James McCloskey, C.S.Sp., vice president for mission and identity at Duquesne; and Dr. Samuel Astorino, professor of law at Duquesne. The summer program will address topics of special relevance to the Vatican as well as a range of issues that lawyers face in the international arena.

Alito was appointed as an associate justice to the Supreme Court in 2006 after serving as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit since 1990. He also was the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey as well as deputy assistant attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice.

The 110th justice on the Supreme Court, Alito is the second Italian American to serve on the nation’s highest court. In April 2007, he was awarded the second Carol Los Mansmann Award for Distinguished Public Service at Duquesne University. The award is named after Mansmann, a former federal court of appeals judge and distinguished Duquesne law school alumna and professor who died of breast cancer in 2002.

Alito is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School, where he served as editor of the Yale Law Journal.

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