When justices speak, they're usually at Harvard, Yale ... or Alabama

By Kimberly Atkins Dolan Media Newswires BOSTON, MA--The storied Ivy League law schools have never had trouble getting the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court to accept invitations to visit and speak. But there is another school that is quite popular among the nation's top judges-- so much so that every sitting justice has either spent time there or has plans to: The University of Alabama School of Law. In addition to the usual lures such as personal invitations from members of the Senate and federal judges--such as Alabama U.S. District Judge W. Harold Albritton, the school also offers justices some things that most other schools can't, according to the Associated Press' Jay Reeves. For Justices Anthony Kennedy, it was southern, slow-cooked, sauce-covered barbecue ribs. For football fan Justice Clarence Thomas, it was tickets to see the Crimson Tide on the gridiron. For Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a copy of "To Kill a Mockingbird" personally signed by author Harper Lee. And most of all, the venue offers good ol' southern hospitality. ''It's not big-time wining and dining, it's just being pleasant to people,'' Albritton told the AP. Entire contents copyrighted © 2012 by The Dolan Company. Published: Mon, May 21, 2012

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