Scalia, Antonin (1936– ), U.S. Supreme Court justice, appointed 1986 by President Ronald Reagan. Scalia practiced law in Cleveland and taught at the Univ. of Virginia and Chicago law schools. He then served as U.S. assistant attorney general in the 1970s, and as judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia 1982–86. Scalia, who is known for his politically and socially conservative views, his advocacy of judicial restraint, and a narrow interpretation of the Constitution, is the first associate justice of the Supreme Court of Italian descent.
See also: Supreme Court of the United States.