Justice Scalia began his legal career with a nationally-prominent law firm in Cleveland where he practiced corporate finance, labor, and antitrust law. In 1967, he became a professor of law at the University of Virginia Law School. During the 1970s, Presidents Nixon and Ford appointed him to a number of administrative posts, including that of assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Departments Office of Legal Counsel. He subsequently joined the faculty at the University of Chicago School of Law.
In 1982, President Reagan appointed Antonin Scalia to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where he honed his reputation for meticulous jurisprudence. In June 1986, President Reagan nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by William Rehnquists elevation to Chief Justice. On September 26, 1986, he took the oath of office.
Justice Scalia was born in Trenton, New Jersey. He married Maureen McCarthy in 1960.