Justices of the Supreme Court attended the Federalist Society’s Antonin Scalia Memorial Dinner at Union Station in Washington on Thursday, the organization’s first annual meeting since the Roe v. Wade decision. The Federalist Society is nonpartisan and takes no stance in political campaigns, but its support of a conservative interpretation of Constitutional Republic norms aligns it closely with Republican ideals.
Thursday’s luncheon commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Federalist Society, a legal organization that is particularly powerful in conservative and Republican circles. The event was held in the main hall of Union Station in Washington, where the group’s insignia, a silhouette of James Madison, was projected on the walls. Approximately 2,000 people attended the meal.
Federalist society members have long opposed the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which established national legal protections for abortion. The recent overturning of the law was based on constitutional grounds, which means that the subject has been returned to the states for each to determine and legislate on.
The court’s conservative majority supported the verdict, which was met with vehement opposition by proponents of federal abortion rights, including protests outside the houses of justices. At the height of the controversy, a California man armed with a weapon was apprehended outside the residence of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, after the suspect allegedly confessed he intended to kill the judge for supporting the abortion verdict.
Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh were honored during the event.
Justice Samuel Alito, who authored the ruling’s decision, attended the dinner and addressed the participants. During his brief remarks, Alito did not discuss the abortion verdict or other areas of the court’s work. Alito responded, “boy, is your job required today.” “congratulations on 40 years to the Federalist society.”
Alito reminisced about the Society’s early days, “fondly” recalling luncheons held at a Chinese restaurant. Alito exhibited a fortune cookie from one of these luncheons, which he stated promised that the organization would grow across the country and continue its work until it was no longer required.
Stephen Markman, a former justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, stated, ‘I do not know of any decision on any court by any judge of which that judge could be more proud.’
His remarks were welcomed with a standing ovation, and the audience turned to confront Alito.
At the dinner on Thursday, Justice Amy Coney Barrett and Justice Samuel Alito conducted a victory lap, garnering a standing ovation and tremendous applause. Barrett’s remarks mostly honored the late Judge Laurence Silberman, who served on the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., and passed away last month.
In her lone reference to the high-profile case, Barrett made a passing reference to the protesters who gathered outside the justices’ private dwellings in an unusual attempt to intimidate Supreme Court Justices.
“Thank you, it’s really nice to have a lot of noise made that’s not by protesters outside my house,” Barrett said, alluding to the regular protests over the court’s June verdict that overruled Roe v. Wade.
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Barrett also said Federalist Society members were important mentors in her career and she “benefitted immensely” form the group.
Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch also received applause at the annual event of the Federalist Society. Justice Clarence Thomas, the other member of the abortion case majority, was not at the dinner. CONTINUE READING…