Alito explains Supreme Court work in State Bar speech

DALLAS--Justice Samuel Alito offered a glimpse into the inner workings of the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday during the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting.

Alito, speaking during the Bar Leaders Recognition Luncheon, offered a "top 10" list of things he believes most people don't know about the court, saying his fellow justices' recent TV talk show appearances inspired the David Letterman-style countdown.

Among them: Most cases don't involve constitutional law; oral arguments--although high profile--are only a small part of the job; and, despite some tartly worded dissents every now and then, the justices basically get along.

Alito, who joined the court in 2006, spoke to a crowd of more than 1,300 people inside the Hilton Anatole on the first full day of the bar's annual meeting. The meeting continues Friday.

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Alito explains Supreme Court work in State Bar speech


Special engagement featuring Justice Sonia Sotomayor to be held at BookPeople

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be speaking & signing copies of her newly released memoir "My Beloved World" at BookPeople on Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. The speaking portion of the event is free and open to the public. Tickets for the book signing are available online and in-store. Get the full details.

Sotomayor is the first Hispanic and the third woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. She was appointed by President Obama in 2009. In her new autobiography, Sotomayor chronicles her life from childhood to a seat on the highest court.