Samuel A. Alito

Supreme Court Justice


Educational: Received an A.B. from Princeton University in 1972 and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1975

Career: Served as a law clerk for Leonard I. Garth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 1976–1977. He was 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.

Religious: Catholic

Political Orientation: Conservative

Significant Cases

Snyder v. Phelps

Dennis Hollingsworth v. Kristen M. Perry

Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission

Judicial Ideology

Alito's views are considered, by critics, to be "outside of the mainstream". Alito is known to usually have the opposite opinion of the majority. An example is planned parenthood v. Casey, where Alito believed there should be a law in place where women should notify the husband if they are seeking an abortion. This was against the  majority during the argument and the Supreme Court rejected his reasoning.