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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Delivers Inaugural Judge Leonard Garth Lecture

November 16, 2011 – 

“Judging is a craft,” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., told an audience of more than 200 members of New Jersey’s legal community at Rutgers School of Law–Newark on November 15. “It’s not a science. It cannot be reduced to an algorithm.”

Justice Alito’s remarks, reported on by the Star-Ledger, were delivered in his speech “The Craft of Judging,” the inaugural event in the law school’s Judge Leonard I. Garth Lecture Series. The lecture series was established by the law clerk family and friends of the Honorable Leonard I. Garth and his former law firm, Cole Schotz Meisel Forman & Leonard, to honor his career of public service and the example he set to promote the advancement of the law as the foundation of a just and free society. Judge Garth is U.S. Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Justice Alito clerked for Judge Garth from 1976 to 1977.

Vice Dean Ronald Chen, a clerk for Judge Garth from 1983 to 1984, read remarks prepared by the judge, who was unable to attend. Click here for a full list of Judge Garth’s clerks and program details.