How Scalia Law School Became a Major Friend of the Supreme Court

“Justice Gorsuch, of course, is the newest member of the Supreme Court and the youngest to be appointed to the Supreme Court in a generation,” the motion read. “He also serves as Judge Antonin Scalia, the law school’s namesake, and is widely believed to be a worthy successor to this great man’s legacy.”

The proposal included descriptions of possible locations, relying in part on the advice of Mr. Leo, who could use his “important connections in Rome and the Vatican”, if necessary.

Other law schools have hosted judges on all-expenses-paid trips abroad. New York University, for example, sent Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor to a conference in Portugal in 2019, even though they did not receive teaching salaries. In 2016, Tulane paid Justice Alito to teach in Berlin and Paris, according to his disclosure that year, and to cover his expenses. Notre Dame, which counts Justice Amy Coney Barrett as a longtime faculty member, has recently been vying for the court’s attention, sending Justice Alito to Rome and Justice Kavanaugh to London.

But the guidelines of judicial ethics require only that judges state that such travel took place; They do not have to disclose the cost of their flights, accommodation and meals. In the case of Judge Gorsuch, the amount was not insignificant, according to records obtained by The Times.

For the first course of justice in Padua, an email to his staff quoted a price of $3,771 for airfare. During his semester in Iceland, the school reimbursed him $5,250 for his lodging, in addition to paying his salary. Records show that the school spent thousands of additional dollars on flights and accommodations for special guest speakers—Justice’s friends, colleagues, and other notables.

“While our guests are with us, I expect them (from the Padua experience) to eat, drink, and be merry to us (especially with NMG),” one of the moderators wrote, referring to Justice Gorsuch.

Amanda Frost, a University of Virginia law professor who specializes in legal ethics, said she found such arrangements disturbing. “Some of this feels like all-expenses-paid vacations, with a little teaching thrown in,” she said in an interview.

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *