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Six Supreme Court Justices Attend Dedication of Scalia Law School

On October 6, 2016, six Supreme Court Justices joined the George Mason University community to formally dedicate the Antonin Scalia Law School in Arlington, with Justice Elena Kagan saying the newly named law school was fitting of a "remarkable judge and teacher."

Scalia "will go down in history as one of the most important Supreme Court justices ever, and one of the greatest. He did nothing less than transform our legal culture," said Kagan, who spoke on behalf of the court.

Watch the video of Justice Kagan's moving tribute below.

Justice Elena Kagan addressed a room of more than 300 people that included Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr., and Sonia Sotomayor. Also on hand were members of the Supreme Court of Virginia and luminaries from the legal community. Mason President Ángel Cabrera, Rector Tom Davis and Law School Dean Henry N. Butler led a strong showing from the Mason community. Kagan fondly remembered Scalia’s visits to Harvard Law School as some of her favorite memories from when she served as dean, before her appointment to the Supreme Court.

President Ángel Cabrera
President Ángel Cabrera addresses the audience

The renaming was the result of a combined $30 million gift -- $20 million from an anonymous donor and $10 million from the Charles Koch Foundation -- that has funded the creation of three scholarship programs that will allow hundreds of students to attend the law school. The scholarships will help Mason continue to be one of the most diverse universities in America.

Dean Henry Butler and President Cabrera
Dean Henry Butler is congratulated by President Ángel Cabrera

Scalia, who died in February, was remembered for his insistence on logic and discipline in legal reasoning as well as his passion for educating the next generations of lawyers.

Supreme Court Justices seated on the front row
The Justices and guests watch the proceedings

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