Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court will give a keynote luncheon address titled “Do Words Matter?” at the University of Richmond Nov. 19, noon, at Jepson Alumni Center.

Scalia, the university’s 2010 Orator-in-Residence, also will sign copies of a book he recently co-wrote with Bryan Garner, “Making Your Case: the Art of Persuading Judges.” The book’s emphasis on oral argument extends beyond the courtroom and legal community, providing advice about the importance of message preparation to anyone “whose business is words,” said Scalia.

The luncheon and speech are open to the public. Tickets are $40 a person, with tables of eight available for $310, and can be reserved now. The university’s Speech Center asks organizations purchasing tables to donate one seat to a Richmond undergraduate. Tickets can be purchased online at bit.ly/aNHU2E or by mail. Mail orders must include checks payable to University of Richmond and a list of names of those attending. Send to the Speech Center, 28 Westhampton Way, University of Richmond, VA 23173. Seating is limited.

The Speech Center began the Orator-in-Residence program in 2001. Past orators have included Reid Buckley, author, playwright and founder of the Buckley School of Public Expression, and Dana Gioia, poet and recent chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

“The honor is conferred upon those who are widely recognized as eloquent in and beyond their professional communities,” said Linda Hobgood, Speech Center director.