Justice Scalia to speak at Bachmann Constitution seminar

A member of the United State Supreme Court is the featured lecturer at a Congressional seminar on the Constitution and Declaration of Independence Monday.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will be the guest lecturer at Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)'s closed-door lecture series on the Constitution. Scalia, one of the more conservative members of the Supreme Court, will lecture on the "separation of powers" for an hour at the education series for members of Congress which Bachmann described as a "Conservative Constitutional seminar." The event is closed to the press.

Bachmann, who chairs the Tea Party Caucus, invited all members of Congress to the teaching series on the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and her office reported today that she expects a bipartisan mix of about 40 to attend.

"It is a special privilege to have him address the first of what will be regular seminars featuring constitutional scholars," Bachmann said when she announced that Scalia would be the first speaker at the series. "In his 24 years of service on the high court, Justice Scalia has distinguished himself by his 'originalist' approach to constitutional interpretation."

Despite an invitation to all members of Congress rather than just Republicans, Bachmann has received criticism for hosting the which an editorial The New York Times called "…a bad idea…" because of the conservative "ideological nature" of the event.

Members of the Supreme Court speaking at bipartisan congressional events is nothing new. In 2009 the Congressional Caucus hosted Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.