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Justice Scalia highlights Tulane Law Review banquet

April 17, 2015

Justice Antonin Scalia Judge Martin Feldman Tulane Law Review

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia introduced U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman (A&S ’55, L ’57), his friend for more than 30 years, at Tulane Law Review’s annual banquet.

Judge Martin Feldman Tulane Law Review

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman (A&S ’55, L ’57) has hired several Tulane Law Review members for judicial clerkships, including 11 who gathered at the banquet April 14.

Tulane Law Review’s annual banquet celebrated alumni, faculty and student scholarship April 14 — with a special appearance by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Scalia, the designated justice for the 5th Circuit, introduced longtime friend U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman (A&S ’55, L ’57), who was honored as the law review’s Alumnus of the Year.

 “There are two qualities that are most important for a judge,” Scalia said. “Number one is intellect. . . . The second quality is, believe it or not, courage.” He said Feldman possesses both and is “a wonderful judge.”

The banquet drew more than 300 attendees, including 11 of Feldman's current and former law clerks.

Feldman, who chaired the law review’s board of advisory editors for 14 years, credited his own experience as a student editor with jump-starting his legal career.

Justice Antonin Scalia Tulane Law Review

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia explained the two most important qualities for a judge – intellect and courage – and said U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman (A&S ’55, L ’57) possesses both.

Tulane Law Review connections, he said, helped him secure a clerkship with Judge John Minor Wisdom (L ’29) on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and propelled him to a 24-year practice, a role as special counsel to Gov. David Treen and to the federal judiciary in 1983. 

Feldman was on law review for Volume 30 and was an assistant editor for Volume 31, whose editor in chief was future federal Judge John M. Duhe Jr. (L '57). Wisdom was a member of the journal's board of advisory editors.

Student editors also were recognized for their contributions to the journal, now in its 89th volume: Class of 2015 members Alston Walker, editor in chief; Meghan Marchetti, senior managing editor; Chloé Chetta, associate editor; Elizabeth McIntosh, research editor and managing editor; Jeffrey Gelpi, notes and comments editor; and Spencer Sinclair, managing editor and assistant online editor; and junior members Andrew Durham and Kyle Satterfield (both L ’16).

Satterfield will serve as editor in chief for Volume 90 in 2015-16.


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