Last updated on: 10/16/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Anthony Kennedy, LLB Biography

Title:
Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“The Act before us here exceeds federal power both in mandating the purchase of health insurance and in denying nonconsenting States all Medicaid funding. These parts of the Act are central to its design and operation, and all the Act’s other provisions would not have beenenacted without them. In our view it must follow that the entire statute is inoperative.”

Dissenting opinion in US Supreme Court Ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, June 28, 2012

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court, Feb. 18, 1988-present
  • Member: American Bar Association, Sacramento County Bar Association, and State Bar of California
  • Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1975-1988
  • Member, Federal Judicial Center, 1987-1988
  • Professor, Constitutional Law, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, 1965-1988
  • Member, Committee on Pacific Territories from, Judicial Conference of the United States, 1979–1990
  • Member, Advisory Panel on Financial Disclosure Reports and Judicial Activities, Judicial Conference of the United States, 1979-1987
  • Partner, Evans, Jackson & Kennedy (law firm), 1967-75
  • Private law practice (Sacramento, CA), 1963-1967
  • Admitted to California bar, 1962
  • Associate, Thelen, Marrin, John & Bridges (law firm), 1961-63
  • Member, California Army National Guard, 1961
Education:
  • LLB, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1961
  • BA, Stanford University, 1958
Other:
  • Born in Sacramento, CA on July 23, 1936
  • Married to Mary Kennedy
  • Has three children
  • Appointed to US Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan
Quoted in:
  1. Is Obamacare constitutional?