Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.

Visiting Professor of Law


  • 210 Science Drive
    Box 90360
    Durham, NC 27708-0360
    Assistant: Dawn Cronce

Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court is teaching Current Issues in Constitutional Interpretation at Duke Law in the fall 2013 semester. He also taught a course in Duke’s Master of Laws in Judicial Studies program in the summer of 2012.

Justice Alito was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005 by President George W. Bush and was confirmed to the post by the U.S. Senate in January 2006. He had previously served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, nominated by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. He has served as U.S. attorney for the district of New Jersey; deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice; assistant to the solicitor general in the U.S. Department of Justice under the Reagan administration; and assistant U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey.

Justice Alito holds a law degree from Yale University, where he was editor of the Yale Law Review. He was a law clerk for Judge Leonard Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and between 1975 and 1980 served in both the U.S. Signal Corps and U.S. Army Reserve.