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Student who Took Scalia’s Class Calls him ‘Down to Earth’

Posted Sep 16, 2008 10:23 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Two law students admit they were a little intimidated to take a class taught by Antonin Scalia, but they found the justice to be down-to-earth and caring.

Students from New England Law Boston took Scalia’s class on separation of powers this summer at a satellite location in Ireland, the Boston Herald reports. Pamela Tankle took a seat in the second row on the first day of class, figuring she would be blocked by others in front of her. But no one sat in the first row, and she was directly in front of the justice.

“A lot of times, legal concepts are hard to understand, especially when teachers don’t know how to explain it in a simple and straightforward manner,” Tankle told the publication. “But [Scalia] was really down to earth.”

Another student, Karalyn O’Brien, said Scalia was “a kind person who really cares about his students.” She said she was nervous at first but found the class to be an “incredible” experience.


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