Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to Deliver
the Second Annual Judge Thomas A. Flannery Lecture
United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will give the Second Annual Judge Thomas A. Flannery Lecture on May 26, 2010, in the Ceremonial Courtroom at the United States Courthouse in Washington, D.C.
The lecture is named after the late Judge Thomas A. Flannery, a 1940 graduate of the Columbus School of Law.
The lecture series honors Judge Flannery's many contributions to the administration of justice in the District of Columbia and was established by his colleagues, friends and family along with those who served him as judicial law clerks or assistant United States attorneys during his tenure as United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.
Justice Scalia was a longtime colleague and friend of Judge Flannery, who passed away in 2007 at the age of 89.
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Judge Flannery was appointed to the bench in 1971 by President Richard M. Nixon. He presided over many high-profile cases in his career, including the Exxon oil-price scam case in the 1980s, which the prosecution won. Judge Flannery ordered the company to repay $1.5 billion in overcharges.
He served as a combat intelligence officer in the Army Air Forces in Europe during World War II. After the war, he was in private practice before working for the Department of Justice.
Flannery tried more than 300 cases before juries as an assistant U.S. attorney from 1950 to 1962. After seven subsequent years with the Washington law firm of Hamilton and Hamilton, he was appointed to the U.S. attorney's post in 1969 and named a federal judge two years later.
Columbus School of Law alumnus Michael Madigan, 1968, serves on the lecture series committee. Its stated aim for sponsoring the series reads in part:
“Having been born just blocks from the courthouse, having attended the schools of this city and having spent his entire life here, Judge Flannery embodied the best of the city's values and traditions. He was profoundly decent, committed to civility in all of his relationships, and devoted to making justice available to all with whom he came in contact. These lectures are designed to memorialize that spirit.”