Houston trial lawyer W. Mark Lanier got to chatting with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at an event in New York City a few months ago, and Scalia accepted Lanier’s invitation to travel to Houston to speak at Lanier’s theological library. Lanier says he didn’t want to dictate what Scalia should talk about during the lecture, but was surprised Scalia was more than happy to focus on theology instead of the law.
“I said you can speak on the First Amendment, separation of church and state, anything like that you want to,” Lanier recalls. “He said no, it’s a theological library. I’m going to talk theology.”
Scalia will lecture on Sept. 6 on this: “Is Capitalism or Socialism More Conducive to Christian Virtue?
Lanier, owner of Lanier Law Firm, says he’s known Scalia for seven or eight years.
“We’ve done TV shows together. I’ve been hunting with him,” he says.
The Lanier Theological Library, located near Lanier’s house in northwest Houston, is open to the public. The lectures, which are scheduled several times a year, are also free and open to the public, but no more reservations are available for the Scalia event, Lanier says.
-- Brenda Sapino Jeffreys