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CUA Federalist Society Welcomed at Supreme Court

The Columbus School of Law's Federalist Society had an audience with United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. on Thursday, April 16, at the Supreme Court building. Justice Alito, who delivered the law school's commencement address in May, 2008, spoke with the students at length and entertained questions.

The group's visit included a tour of the nation's high court that was offered by the curator's office. Federalist Society officers Cliff Smith, president, Carisa Bergen, vice president and Andrew Warthen , in charge of public relations, organized the trip with the assistance of their faculty advisor, Professor William Wagner.

Founded in 1982, the Federalist Society is an organization of conservatives and libertarians seeking reform of the current American legal system in accordance with an originalist interpretation of the Constitution. The Society "is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be."

The Society currently has chapters at over 180 United States law schools and claims a membership of over 20,000 practicing attorneys.