Justice Scalia

Annual Conference


Please join us:

Saturday September 17th, 9:00 - 5:00 pm: Remembering Justice Antonin Scalia.


Event Location: Simons Center for Geometry & Physics Building, Conference Room 102. All sessions are open to the public and free except for the optional mid-day luncheon which requires advance reservations (call 631-632-7444) and payment of $25.00.

Presenters include scholars, legislators and judges along with former Supreme Court associates who clerked for Justice Scalia, who, all together, from different perspectives, will contribute to the composition of a mosaic that will reflect Justice Scalia's life and legacy.

The conference will close on a unique note (literally) with a presentation of an excerpt from the opera Scalia and Ginsburg with commentary by its composer and librettist, Derrick Wang, and Stony Brook Opera Guild Director, David Lawton. The duet/excerpt will be performed by Stony Brook Doctoral students, Jeremy Little and Catherine Sandstedt.


Remembering Justice Antonin Scalia: CONFERENCE PROGRAM




9:00 am

Registration - Breakfast Coffee
Simons Center Lobby & Cafe, Simons Center Conference Room 102

9:30 am

Welcome ~ Greetings:
Mario B. Mignone, Director, Center for Italian Studies, Stony Brook University
Cavaliere Richard Nasti, Chairman, Center for Italian Studies Advisory Committee
Sacha Kopp, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Stony Brook University

Introductory Remarks:
State Senator, Honorable Kenneth P. LaValle



Session I - 10:00 am

Moderator: Elizabeth Mignone Jakic,
Former Assistant District Attorney; Law Clerk, Kings County Supreme Court

Jeffrey Segal, Chairperson, Political Science Department, Stony Brook University
Justice Scalia by the Numbers

Judge Gail Prudenti, Hofstra University
Former Chief Administrative Judge, New York State
Justice Scalia and Judicial Diversity: More Than Just "Ethnic Pride"

Judge John Ingram
Justice, Kings County Supreme Court
Scalia: Growing Up Italian and Irish
In an Italian and Irish Neighborhood in Queens:
The Rivalries and Friendship between Irish Americans and Italian Americans



 Lunch Break
Simons Cafe

Session II - 1:00 pm

Moderator: Frank Myers
Former Dean and Professor of Political Science, Stony Brook University

Brian Fitzpatrick
Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University Former Clerk for Justice Scalia
Where Will Justice Scalia Rank Among
The Most Influential Supreme Court Justices

Ian Samuel
Climenko Fellow, Harvard University
Former Clerk for Justice Scalia
The Counter Clerks of Justice Scalia

Scott P. Martin
Partner: Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, Washington D.C.
Former Clerk for Justice Scalia
Justice Scalia's Legacy from a Practitioner's Perspective

~~Coffee Break~~

Session III - 3:00 pm

Moderator: Salvatore Rotella, Chancellor Emeritus
Member of Advisory Board of Center for Italian Studies

Giannicola Sinisi, Judge
Court of Appeals, Rome
Justice Scalia: The Italian Enlightenment:
The Hidden Deepness of His Thought

Stefano Dambruoso, Italian Magistrate
Current Member of the Italian Parliament
Justice Scalia's Legacy from an Italian Perspective

Vito De Simone
Interpreter, New York Supreme Court
How Justice Scalia's Appointment Impacted
on how Italian Americans were Perceived


Closing Remarks on Proceedings
Salvatore Rotella, Chancellor Emeritus



Closing Presentation
Derrick Wang, Composer and Librettist,
Of the Opera, Scalia/Ginsburg
“The Aesthetic Influence of Justices Scalia and Ginsburg”
 Performance: Excerpt from the Opera, Scalia / Ginsburg
 by Composer and Librettist,   Derrick Wang,
 Stony Brook Opera Guild Director, David Lawton
and Singers, Jeremy Little and Catherine Sandstedt
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