Federal judge Schiltz to deliver St. Scholastica commencement address

Federal judge Patrick Schiltz will deliver the commencement address to the spring 2017 graduates of The College of St. Scholastica, his alma mater.

The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, in Amsoil Arena at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.

Judge Schiltz was born and raised in Duluth. He graduated summa cum laude from The College of St. Scholastica and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. After serving as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Schiltz practiced for six years as an associate and two years as a partner at Faegre & Benson in Minneapolis.

Schiltz left private practice in 1995 to join the faculty of Notre Dame Law School, where he quickly became a popular professor and a nationally recognized scholar in the areas of legal ethics and appellate procedure. The class of 1999 elected Schiltz as “Teacher of the Year.”

In 2000, Schiltz left Notre Dame to become the founding associate dean of the University of St. Thomas School of Law. In 2002, Schiltz was named the St. Thomas More Chair in Law, the first endowed chair at the School of Law.

From 1997 to 2006, Schiltz served as the Reporter to the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. In that capacity, he worked closely with many federal judges, including Judge John G. Roberts, Jr. and Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr.

Schiltz was nominated to the federal bench by President George W. Bush on Dec. 14, 2005, and his nomination was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 26, 2006.

Schiltz is married to Elizabeth R. Schiltz, a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. They have four children.

The College of St. Scholastica is an independent private college with locations across Minnesota, including the original campus in Duluth. Rooted in the Catholic Benedictine tradition, the College provides intellectual and moral preparation for responsible living and meaningful work by engaging students in the love of learning and active citizenship in the world.

The College of St. Scholastica is consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report and Money Magazine as among the best colleges and universities in the region for academic excellence. Learn more at css.edu.