1993 - Agrees with the majority that an Iranian woman seeking asylum could establish eligibility by showing that she had an abhorrence with her country's "gender specific laws and repressive social norms," or because of a belief in feminism or membership in a feminist group. Fatin v. INS, 12 F.3d 1233 (3d Cir. 1993)
1999 - Writes the opinion in a case that said a Christmas display on city property did not violate separation of church and state doctrines because it included a large plastic Santa Claus as well as a Menorah and a banner hailing diversity. ACLU v. Schundler, 168 F.3d 92 (3d Cir. 1999)
2001 - Agrees with the majority that struck down a public school district's anti-harassment policy, saying the policy -- which included non-vulgar, non-school-sponsored speech -- violated the First Amendment. Saxe v. State College Area School District, 240 F.3d 200 (3d Cir. 2001)
October 31, 2005 - George W. Bush nominates Alito to be Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's replacement on the Supreme Court.
January 31, 2006 - Alito is confirmed as an associate justice to the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. Senate voted 58-42. He is immediately sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts.
February 1, 2006 - Sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice a second time in a ceremony at the White House. He replaces Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
January 28, 2010 - During an annual State of the Union address by President Obama, Alito is seen mouthing the words "not true" after a comment by Obama, which discussed a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and its effect on corporate contributions during elections.
March 2, 2011 - Alito is the sole dissenter in the free speech case involving Westboro Baptist Church, stating that "free and open debate is not a license for the vicious verbal assault that occurred in this case."