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Ceded Lands Decision Author Justice Samuel Alito to speak at Hawaii Supreme Court Wednesday
By Robert Thomas @ 7:25 PM :: 10259 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Justice Alito Is Coming To Town - Time To Re-Read His "Ceded Lands" Opinion

by Robert Thomas,

As noted by my blogging colleagues, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito is  coming to Honolulu next week to participate in the U.H. Law School's "jurist in residence" program, and to address the Bar. (Mark Murakami summarized several of Justice Alito's more important opinions here, and Tred Eyerly summarizes his opinions that relate to insurance law issued while he was a Circuit Judge here.)

Justice Alito will be speaking about "Top Things You May Not Know About the U.S. Supreme Court" on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. at the Hawaii Supreme Court courtroom.

Justice Alito's most "Hawaii-centric" opinion was in Hawaii v. Office of Hawaiian Affairs, 129 S. Ct. 1436 (2009), where he authored the opinion for a unanimous Court. In that case, the Court held that the United States held "absolute fee simple" title to Hawaii's ceded lands, and that Congress' 1992 Apology Resolution had no legal effect. The Court reversed the Hawaii Supreme Court's decision in an opinion that made short work of the Hawaii court's claim that the Resolution justified an injunction prohibiting the State from selling ceded lands until "final determination" of native Hawaiians' claims.

We analyzed Justice Alito's opinion here. [Disclosure: we filed an amicus brief in that case supporting the State's argument.] More about the case here, including all of the merits and amicus briefs, and our report on the oral arguments.

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Top Things You May Not Know About the U.S. Supreme Court

January 26, 2011

William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and Hawai‘i State Bar Association and Hawai‘i State Judiciary Present 2011 Jurist in Residence Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. United States Supreme Court Hawai‘i State Bar Address
“Top Things You May Not Know About the U.S. Supreme Court”

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Hawai‘i State Supreme Court
430pm – 530pm
Light Reception to Follow in Rotunda

Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr., Associate Justice was born in Trenton, New Jersey, April 1, 1950. He served as a law clerk for Leonard I. Garth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 1976–1977, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey, 1977–1981, Assistant to the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice, 1981–1985, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, 1985–1987, and U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey, 1987–1990. He was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1990. President George W. Bush nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat January 31, 2006.

The Jurist-in-Residence Program brings distinguished jurists to the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa to meet with students, faculty, the judiciary and the bar in a unique education setting. The program, instituted in 1987, founded with the support of Myron H. Bright, Senior Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, is always a highlight of the year, enabling our students and the community to exchange ideas with the country’s leading jurists.

OUR SINCERE THANKS to the Honolulu law firm of Case Lombardi & Pettit for its generous sponsorship of the Jurist-in-Residence Program since 2000.




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