Irish American Museum of Washington, D.C.
Anthony McLeod Kennedy
Born July 23, 1936 in Sacramento, California, Anthony Mc Leod Kennedy was educated in Stanford University, 1954-57; London School of Economics, 1957-58; Stanford University, B.A., 1958; Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1961. Admitted to California bar, 1962; U. S. Tax Court bar, 1971 Anthony Mc Leod Kennedy was the second of his parent's three children, Anthony J. Kennedy, an attorney with a reputation for influence in the California legislature, and Gladys McLeod, who participated in many local civic activities. As a boy, Kennedy came into contact with prominent politicians of the day, such as California Governor and later U.S. Chief Justice Earl Warren. He served as a page in the California State Senate as a young man. He is not a member of the Kennedy political family.
Duirng his long career he was Professor of constitutional law, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, 1965-1988. Notably he was nominated by President Ford to U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; took oath of office May 30, 1975. Nominated by President Reagan as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court; took oath of office February 18, 1988.
Other Offices, Kennedy joined the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1975 as the youngest federal judge of his day.
Over the last decade, Justice Kennedy has provided the pivotal swing vote in dozens of cases, particularly since the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.