Justice Alito Visits Columbia Law School

Winter 2012

United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. recently visited Columbia Law School and served as the featured speaker at a Law School conference on Burkean constitutionalism organized by Professor Thomas W. Merrill and Professor Philip Hamburger. Burkean scholars from across the country came together to discuss the jurisprudence attributed to Edmund Burke, the 18th-century British legislator who is often called the father of classical conservatism. During his remarks, Alito praised Burke for the importance he placed on stability and time-tested rules—a perspective, Alito said, that is especially useful in the context of serving as a judge.