2010 Orator in Residence: Justice Antonin Scalia
The University of Richmond Speech Center's third Orator in Residence was the Honorable Antonin Scalia, United States Supreme Court Justice. The Speech Center presented a luncheon and keynote address by Justice Scalia on November 19, 2010, at noon, in the Jepson Alumni Center's Robins Pavilion. A book signing followed the keynote.
Justice Scalia, who has recently co-written a book with Bryan Garner titled "Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges," gave an address titled "Do Words Matter?" The book's emphasis on oral argument extends far beyond the realm of the courtroom and legal community, imparting valuable advice about the importance of message preparation to anyone, according to Justice Scalia, "whose business is words."
The Speech Center's Orator in Residence program was established in 2001 and was designed to extend the mission of the University of Richmond's Speech Center: "to pursue speaking and listening to good effect across the university community." Past orators have included Reid Buckley, author, playwright and founder of the Buckley School for Public Expression, and Dana Gioia, internationally acclaimed poet and recent chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. The honor is conferred upon those widely recognized as eloquent in and beyond their professional communities.