Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia showed a lighter side while joking at an event with students from the University of California Washington center.

At the event Monday, held to publicize his new book, “Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts,” Scalia answered students’ questions on a range of issues and offered insight into the perspective from the other side of the bench.

Scalia said most times justices ask questions in order to make colleagues understand which way they are leaning a certain way on a case.

“Sometimes I ask questions just because I’m bored, just to stay awake,” he joked. “Very often the questioning is done to convey your point of view to your colleagues.”