Chief Justice Roberts Teaches in Galway Program
Photograph courtesy of the Supreme Court of the United States
(Boston, Revised 11/13/09) New England Law | Boston: Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr., taught from July 13-24 at New England Law | Boston’s summer program in Galway, Ireland.
“We were honored to have Chief Justice Roberts participate in our Galway program,” said Dean John F. O’Brien, “and proud to be able to offer our students this extraordinary opportunity. This followed Justice Antonin Scalia’s very popular class in Galway last summer, and completed the cycle of our Centennial year, which has been distinguished by the visits of four justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Justice Roberts’s course, “The United States Supreme Court in Historical Perspective,” examined changes in the Supreme Court since the nation’s founding, with particular emphasis on the role of the chief justice and how several of them, from John Marshall to William Rehnquist, have influenced the Court’s role. The course also reviewed the changes that advocacy before the Court has taken over time.
The summer program was offered in conjunction with the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland and the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education, Inc. (CILE).
Chief Justice Roberts received his A.B. degree from Harvard College in 1976 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1979. After graduating, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Henry J. Friendly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and as a law clerk for then-Associate Justice William H. Rehnquist of the Supreme Court during the 1980 term. He subsequently served as special assistant to the attorney general of the United States, associate counsel to President Ronald Reagan, and principal deputy solicitor general. After practicing law in Washington, DC, he became a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was nominated as chief justice of the United States by President George W. Bush, and assumed that office in September 2005.