Historic Celebrations at Scalia Law School

 

On October 3, at the Biennial Scalia Tribute Dinner, honoring Maureen Scalia, donors contributed over $1.4 million dollars to the Maureen McCarthy Scalia Scholarship Fund, Scalia Law’s first need-based scholarship fund.the heroic statue of Justice Antonin Scalia was unveiled. That evening, hundreds of Maureen’s family and friends gathered at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington DC, where she was honored for her many years of service to her family, community, and country.

Scalia Law Dean Henry N. Butler and George Mason University President, Ángel Cabrera, greeted the guests with warm remarks about the guest of honor. The Honorable J. Michael Luttig, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at The Boeing Company, gave a beautiful tribute to Maureen Scalia, reminding us all that she matched her late husband in wit, intellect, and public spirit. (See Keynote Address in Honor of Maureen McCarthy Scalia).

The next day, Scalia Law School celebrated a trifecta: the dedication of the Maureen McCarthy Scalia Reading Room on the second floor of the recently renovated library; the unveiling of the heroic statue of Justice Antonin Scalia; and the dedication of the Greg Wyatt Gallery. The statue is a gift of world-renowned sculptor Greg Wyatt, Sculptor-in-Residence, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York City.

“When I took this job, I never imagined an art gallery in our law school,” said Dean Butler. “What an awesome gift to every student, faculty, alumni, friend and visitor!”

The ceremony was attended by students, faculty and friends of the Law School. Special guests included:

  • Five justices of the Supreme Court of the United States – Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Thomas, Justice Alito, Justice Kagan, and Justice Gorsuch;
  • Justice William C. Mims of the Supreme Court of Virginia;
  • Maureen Scalia and her nine children, and their children.

“I hope this statue will inspire students to apply the same rigor to their work that Justice Scalia applied every day of his career,” said Dean Butler. “Already, I’m hearing from students inspired by our visitors from the Supreme Court, and inspired by the life and legacy of Justice Scalia.”

Magdalena D’Aiuto, a 2L, told the Washington Post, “I’m such a Supreme Court fan girl. I’d like to practice before the Supreme Court some day.”