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Justice Alito challenges students at Penn State Law summer program


L to R: Richard Matoni '11, James Acosta-Davis '12, Josh Howell '12, John Bangerter '12, Mark Anderson '12, Justice Alito, Duane P. Rohrbacher II '12, Sara Rebekah Hudder '12.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. delivered a twelve-hour lecture series as part of the Penn State University Dickinson School of Law Captials of Europe program in July. Entitled Current Issues in Constitutional Interpretation, Alito challenged students to apply contemporary theories of constitutional interpretation to current constitutional issues. 

"We were so very fortunate to have Justice Alito join us to deliver this critical component of the curriculum," said Professor Louis F. Del Duca, founder of Penn State Law's European summer programs. He added that past presenters have included U.S. Supreme Court Justices Scalia, O'Connor, Ginsburg, and Chief Justices Rehnquist and Roberts.

Other distinguished jurists featured in this year's summer programs included: Judge Christopher Greenwood, Vice President of the International Court of Justic e in the Hague; Judge Sang-Hyun Song, President of the International Criminal Court in the Hague; Judge Fausto Pocar, immediate past president of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague; Judge Koen Lenaerts of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg; Judge Sabino Cassese of the Italian Constitutional Court in Rome and Judge Anthony Scirica, immediate past Chief Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Del Duca said there were 74 students participating in this year's programs.

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