Milestones in the life and career of Antonin Scalia

FILE - In this June 17, 1986 file photo, President Ronald Reagan speaks at a news briefing at the White House in Washington, where he announced the nomination of Antonin Scalia, left, to the Supreme Court as a result of Chief Justice Warren E. Burger's resignation. William Rehnquist is at right. On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed that Justice Scalia has died at the age of 79. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

2015: Death

The U.S. Marshals Service reports on Saturday, Feb. 13, that Scalia has died in West Texas. The service’s spokeswoman Donna Sellers says Scalia had retired the previous evening and was found dead Saturday morning after he did not appear for breakfast.

In this Oct. 18, 2011, photo, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia looks into the balcony before addressing the Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

2008: Gun rights

Scalia’s issues his opinion for the court in favor of gun rights, drawing heavily on the history of the Second Amendment. It would become his crowning moment on the bench. The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to bear arms.

2000: Bush v. Gore

Scalia sides with the court’s majority in the 2000 Bush v. Gore decision, which effectively decides the presidential election for Republican George W. Bush. In years to follow, whenever the topic arises at speaking engagements, Scalia would famously say, “Get over it.”

Supreme Court Justice Scalia gestures while addressing the American Medical Association’s National Leadership Conference in Washington on March 9, 1998. Scalia said that while the Supreme Court is the highest judicial venue in the country, Congress, not the justices themselves, should decide vexing questions such as abortion rights the death penalty and physician-assisted suicide. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

1986: Supreme Court

President Reagan gestures during a news briefing at the White House in Washington, on June 17, 1986, where he announced the nomination of Scalia, left, to the Supreme Court. William Rehnquist is on the right. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

President Ronald Reagan nominates Scalia as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court to a seat vacated by William H. Rehnquist. Scalia is confirmed by the Senate on September 17, 1986.

1982: U.S. Court of Appeals

Appointed Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1982.

1977–1982: American Bar Association

Law professor at the University of Chicago. Also works as a visiting professor of law at Georgetown University and Stanford University and serves as chairman of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law 1981-82.

1971-77: Federal government

Serves the federal government as General Counsel of the Office of Telecommunications Policy from 1971–1972, Chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States from 1972–1974, and Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel from 1974–1977.

1967-71: Law professor

Worked as professor of law at the University of Virginia.

1961-67: Private practice

Private practice in Cleveland, Ohio.

1950s: Education

Attends Xavier High School in New York and goes on to earn a bachelor’s degree in 1957 from Georgetown College – now Georgetown University. He continues his studies at Harvard Law School.

1936: Birth

Scalia is born in Trenton, New Jersey, on March 11, 1936.

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