At the Federalist Society Convention Thursday night, Justice Kavanaugh received a boisterous standing ovation:

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US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh received an enthusiastic welcome at this year’s Federalist Society convention, with hundreds of members of the influential conservative lawyers group erupting into cheers and applause when his name was announced at the kick-off dinner Thursday night.

Kavanaugh was one of four justices to attend the black-tie–optional Antonin Scalia Memorial Dinner, held in the cavernous, statue-lined hall of Union Station in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh was the last justice in attendance announced — justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch were also there — and the standing ovation he received lasted nearly a minute.

The dinner marked Kavanaugh’s first public appearance since his bruising confirmation process. The conservative legal community largely rallied around Kavanaugh after allegations surfaced accusing him of committing sexual assault in high school and college — claims that he vigorously denied — and his appearance at the dinner represented a victory celebration.